You Make The Diagnosis: Name This Ancient Breed of Dog

Pictured below is a beautiful sighthound named Nailah.  I had the privilege of meeting her a few weeks ago.  Like other members of her breed, Nailah’s long, lean body is striking.  Name Nailah’s breed.  Name other breeds included in the sighthound family.

Diagnosis:  Saluki

Saluki’s are one of the oldest breeds of dog still in existence.  Originally, they were used for hunting hare and gazelle by nomadic people in Persia.  Salukis are members of the sighthound family.  This means they rely on their vision while hunting instead of their sense of smell.  All sighthounds have aerodynamic bodies that are built for speed.  Some of the more common members of this family include Greyhounds, Afghan hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Whippets, Borzoi and Italian Greyhounds.  

Source:  Simon & Schuster’s Guide To Dogs, copyright 1980      

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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