Saluki, A Nimble Arabian Desert Dog That Runs Fast Enough to Catch a Gazelle or a Vehicle Going 60 KPH

In a nimble clip from the Smithsonian Channel series Amazing Dogs, host Patrick Aryee traveled to the United Arab Emirates in order to get a good look at the Saluki, an ancient Arabian breed of desert dog that can run fast enough to catch a gazelle or keep pace with a vehicle going 60 kilometers per hour. These dogs were originally bred to hunt, but now they race instead.

Saluki are a breed of desert dog famed for their speed. In the old days, Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula relied on them to hunt for gazelle. Today, they are more likely to race for sport.

Arabian Saluki Dog

Lori Dorn
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