Breed Health Surveys

The latest SGHC Saluki Breed Health Survey ran from October 2022 to February 2023 and 190 Saluki owners responded. A summary of the results can be found at the foot of this section, along with the results of the previous two surveys. 

The five most prevalent conditions reported in the breed health survey were:

  • Skin and / or coat issues
  • Behavioural issues
  • Cancer
  • Dental problems
  • Digestive issues

Specific health concerns

Disappointingly, there is an increased incidence of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) reported in the survey. This disease was quite prevalent in the 1990s and breeders have since taken action, successfully, to reduce incidence. Heart testing is recommended as part of the Breed Clubs’ voluntary code of breeding. The Breed Health Coordinator will produce an improved guide to heart testing for the clubs to consider to reverse this upward trend. This will be added to this page once available. 

You can read the Breed Health Coordinator’s notes on the latest breed health survey here: Breed Health Coordinator’s notes on the 2022_23 Saluki Health Survey



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