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Old 21-03-2011, 12:47 AM
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Saluki vs irish wolfhound

Although im a horsewoman i always have dogs for companionship, guarding and farmwork.

im in the process of looking at getting a new puppy

Either a saluki or a irish wolfhound.

Anyone owned either breed or had experiance with them and could tell me a little bit more about them?
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Old 21-03-2011, 12:50 AM
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

I don't know much about salukis but irish wolfhounds are one of my favourite breeds

Very laid back, nice temperments gentle giants really. Love everyone, make awful guard dogs. They do shed and drool though and can't be let off lead normally. Not so good with small furry things either but I would guess that would be the same with salukis.
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

A Saluki wont make an effective guard for anything except his favourite chair
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

Yes i heard that about wolfhounds drooling alot, not so good on long car rides to horse shows, if they fit in the car that is!

Not to worried about either breed chasing anything, as all we have is rabbits, and a flock of geese that have taught many puppies not to chase birds from an early age! Also had a bit of experiance with greyhounds so canhandle the hound aspect and am used to it

i do however want something that will be able to come out on the trails with me on my horses
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

They are sighthounds. While I remember reading about wolfhounds that were trained as herding dogs most do still have prey drive and you will have to take a lot of time training them not to. I wouldn't have them offlead and not on the trail with a horse until at least two so you don't damage their joints. But I'm sure they'd be happy to run alongside the horse onlead. They're not guard dogs except maybe for their size making people a bit wary they might lick the intruder to death or knock them over while trying to greet them but they are friendly with everyone
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

Ooow i'd love an Irish Wollfhound, have only met a couple and they were wonderful!
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

So are salukis couch potatoes?? i heard they were origanlly work dogs?

Not to worried about the guarding aspects as we have other dogs, although i think a wolfhound would add some intimdation factor even if they were just runing out to lick you!!
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

IMO you couldn't choose a less suitable breed for your purpose than a Saluki.
They are suspicious of strangers like a guardian breed should be but most will run away rather than stand up to an intruder.
IMO the chase instinct is much deeper ingrained into them than for eg. Greyhounds and Whippets and is harder to train out of them.
If you are in the UK for seven months of the year it will be too cold for them to potter around a farm yard. They need warmth, even the Islamic Bedoin let the Salukis sleep inside at night.
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

Im not in the UK, live in a very temperate climate (thank god).

i used to ride out with greyhounds all the time, and as long as you not an idiot and ride them into places infested with small animals, i never had a problem they happily came along with the horses just fine, i found them to be extremly loyal to. apart from the farm dogs (working dogs, blue heelers) i have a grehound/collie cross that i love, i want some thing just to be a loyal freind to come every with me, which this dog is but is getting a bit old.
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Re: Saluki vs irish wolfhound

I vote Saluki cause I think there beautiful.
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