Breed Health Surveys
The last SGHC Saluki Health Survey was undertaken in 2013 and follows on from the KC/BSAVA Survey 2004. A summary of the results from that survey can be downloaded here:
The Kennel Club also undertake regular breed health surveys and the latest surveys findings for Salukis can be found at:
In the UK the Saluki is generally a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. The Kennel Club survey findings give more detail, and provide more detail on the presence of key health conditions within the breed.
Historically, “Early or Sudden Death” has been reported as an issue in the Saluki. This is where the Saluki dies for no apparent reason usually before 5 years of age. Post Mortem examinations undertaken in affected Salukis appeared to show signs of immune/autoimmune problems or an unusual amount of clostridium.
In order to find out all the club can about this condition, we need to know about individual deaths. In the highly unlikely event that your young Saluki does die suddenly with no apparent cause please follow the guidelines in the following links:
Recent Health Matters
Heart testing follow-up 2009 (Dr Serena Brownlie): The report suggests that it seemed there was less need to heart test now than in the 1990s. However breeders must beware of complacency and it was still good practice to examine potential breeding stock for heart problems.
Dr. Brownlie's Report that appeared in the Winter 2010 Newsletter is available here:
More recently we have investigated and closely monitored various health issues, amongst them alleged Persistent Pupillary Membrane (PPM), hip dysplasia, heart conditions and lymphoma.
Ensuring Future Saluki Health
Saluki Complete Blood Count
Based on research the Saluki Complete Blood Count (CBC) is similar to Greyhounds but different compared to other breeds.
The CBC is one of the most common laboratory tests, used before surgery, in health screening and as a diagnostic aid. It evaluates the cellular and liquid components of the blood and measures indices of white and red blood cells.
The Saluki Complete Blood Count by Mary Dee Sist is available here:
Caution in diagnosis and treatment decisions based on non-Saluki CBC reference ranges is important, e.g. Salukis respond to certain anaesthetics differently than other breeds. Therefore obtaining the baseline CBC of your Saluki when healthy can provide a valuable comparison for your veterinary surgeon should the animal become ill.
The Saluki DNA Database
What is it?
The Animal Health Trust (AHT) is maintaining a Saluki DNA Database which will enable them to undertake research into problems our breed may encounter in the future.
Why is it important?
It is particularly important to store DNA from Salukis that have, or are likely to be bred from. It is also important to have DNA from dogs closely related to dogs affected by a potentially inherited condition.
For late onset conditions the parents or grandparents of an affected dog may not still be alive. If the parents and grandparents DNA has been stored it will be available to be studied beyond their death. Stored DNA can also be used for general breed studies, e.g. generic diversity estimates, or frequency of disease mutations in the general population.
Therefore, establishing a Saluki DNA Database can be seen as insurance and the more cheek swabs are collected by the AHT, the more viable will the results be for any specific diseases that may be investigated.
How can I help?
The DNA is collected with a simple swab taken from the dog’s cheek which is then posted to the AHT. Both dog and owner details are kept in strict confidence.
In order to establish an accurate database, it is essential that owners inform the AHT if health issues develop in a DNA tested Saluki.
Buccal swab kits @ £5.00 are available at the shows or by post from the Breed Health Co-ordinators.
Especially for Breeders
The Kennel Club has created a useful on-line tool for breeders to establish the Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) for prospective matings. The Mate Select tool can be found at:
Finally, we as a Club are duty bound to initiate investigation and advise members. Therefore, openness and a willingness to be honest about a health problem is the only way to secure the health of the Saluki.
Published Papers on the Saluki in the UK
Ceriod-Lipfuscinosis in Two Saluki Dogs. E.C. Appleby et al (J.COMP.PATH.1982 VOL.92) Academic Press Inc. (London) Ltd.)
Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia in UK Bred Salukis. C.J. Lewis (Veterinary Record, September 16, 1995)
Copies of these reports are available from the Breed Health Co-ordinators or the Secretary.
Breed Health Co-ordinators