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They found their mummified remains in the tombs of the Pharaohs

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The Classic Saluki




The Saluki is considered to be one of the oldest pure breeds of dogs in the world. Greyhound type dogs were found on tombs dating back to 2100 B.C. Recent excavations of the Sumerian empire (7,000-6,000 B.C.) have unearthed carvings of dogs with a striking resemblance to the Saluki.
Originally from regions of the Arabian Peninsula, European travelers brought Salukis back with them. There is evidence of Salukis in Belgium during the Middle Ages, but their popularity became most evident in the late 1800s in England. The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was formed in England in 1923 and the Saluki Club of America was formed four years later.
Salukis come in two varieties - Smooth and Feathered.
Although we see mostly the feathered variety at shows in the United States, evidence shows that in their countries of origin smooth and feathered were equally desired and were normally bred together. Some tribes only kept the smooth variety, and all the Salukis were used for hunting, selected as breeding stock based on hunting abilities and stamina.
In 1919, the National Geographic Society's The Book of Dogs had this to say about Salukis: "This ancient race is one of the most peculiar, most beautiful, and most puzzling of dogs. His graven image comes to us as one of the earliest of man's essays in art, and is so easily recognizable that there is no doubt possible as to the archaic artist's model.
Possibly no dog known has changed less from our earliest knowledge of it to the present day. The first peculiarity to strike is the curious combination of short, close body hair, with silky flowing fleece on the ears and long silken feather on the stern. Otherwise, he looks at first glance like a Greyhound. But, unlike other coursing dogs, the Saluki is short and straight in the body, though very long and rangy of leg. As he stands in profile the outline of fore legs, back, hind legs and ground form an almost perfect square. A fact tending to show the antiquity of the Saluki is that no combination of known dogs seems to be capable of producing a creature just like him".
Several features set the Saluki apart from the other Sighthound breeds, including their heads, outline, feet and movement.

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