Breed Health Surveys

The last SGHC Saluki Breed Health Survey took place in 2018 and a summary of the results can be downloaded at the foot of this section, along with the results of the previous survey. The next survey is planned for 2021.

The most prevalent causes of death analysed in the breed health survey were:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease (the actions of the breed clubs and breeders have succeeded in considerably reducing incidence in the last few years)
  • Old age

Specific health concerns

The health survey did not identify any particularly prevalent conditions.

A small number of cases of autoimmune hypothyroidism have been identified over the last five years. We are also aware of a few likely carriers of this heritable disease. A new voluntary code of breeding has been agreed between the Kennel Club and the Northern Saluki Club to help ensure a reduced incidence in the future. 



Saluki DNA database

The Animal Health Trust is maintaining a Saluki DNA database which will enable them to undertake research into problems our breed may encounter in the future. We need as many owners as possible to participate to make this work as useful as possible. It is particularly important to store DNA from dogs closely related to dogs affected by a potentially inherited condition, and those which are bred from. 

We also hope to achieve a full sequencing of the Saluki genome in the near future.


Saluki complete blood count (CBC)

The Saluki CBC is similar to Greyhounds. These differ from most other breeds. It is a common laboratory test, prior to surgery, and as a diagnostic aid. Results are here. It is particularly important for your vet to understand the implications on anaesthesia.


Please get in touch with the breed health coordinator (BHC), John Davies, for information and advice. Your data will be treated with complete confidentiality by the BHC and the Animal Health Trust (AHT). Your information is vital in assisting health action plans for future generations.

You can also read the BHC blog here.

Details of recently published papers regarding Saluki health can be found here.



There is presently considerable debate relating to raw or non-raw diets, and on the effects of grain-free dog food. Advice will be added here in the near future.


For breeders

Saluki voluntary breeding code

Kennel Club co-efficient of breeding tool

Kennel Club Assured Breeders Scheme