Best Dog Food For Salukis


Salukis are an ancient breed of dog. Slender, elegant and beautiful, they were revered by the Egyptians and nicknamed “The Royal Dog of Egypt”.

If you’re new to the breed or are thinking of owning a Saluki, you may be a little unsure of what food they should eat.

They are a medium to large size dog and they require lots of exercise, but they are slim and they certainly don’t have the same reputation for gluttony as other breeds such as labradors.

So it makes sense that it can be hard to know what to feed them, do they need a high protein, high-fat diet because of their exercise levels or a low-calorie diet due to their slender build?

In this article, I’ll detail what type of diet I would recommend for a Saluki. I’ll mention some key nutrients you should look out for and I’ll give a range of recommendations for dry, wet and puppy food for your Saluki.

Hopefully, this article will help you find the perfect food to keep your Saluki healthy and happy for years to come!

For a Saluki, I would recommend Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein dog food. It has a good amount of protein at 32%, ideal for an active Saluki. It’s more moderately priced compared to other high protein options and has a high-quality list of ingredients.

In a hurry?
Y
ou can take a look at Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein dog food on Amazon here.

I’ll list my other wet and dry dog food recommendations further down the article too.

What do Salukis eat

Salukis are a medium to large-sized dog. They require plenty of exercise but don’t tend to put on excess weight.

As a result, a Saluki should eat dog food designed for larger breeds, using high-quality ingredients with the main ingredient being the protein source. I’ll recommend some below.

I would not recommend a low-fat dog food for a Saluki even though they have a slim build as they will require a good amount of fat for energy.

Salukis do not have a gluttonous tendency either like other breeds such as the labrador. That means they are unlikely to overeat and gain excess weight anyway.

Because of this, some Saluki owners like to use the free feeding method. That’s where they leave a full bowl of food of their Saluki available all day so the dog can eat when they wish, rather than having a set amount at set times in the day.

Your choice to do this is entirely your own, it may be dependent on how strong the kibble smells (some fish-based ones can be quite pungent) or how your Saluki reacts to each kind of feeding method.

A quality dog food will always be well balanced in terms of nutrients, so there are a few main things I look for when choosing for a particular dog.

I’ll run through those now and then go on to discuss my dog food recommendations for Salukis.

Protein

Dogs that use lots of energy generally need higher amounts of protein. How do you know how much energy your dog will use? There’s one simple way.

Dogs that have been bred to work, such as hunting, search and rescue, or shepherding dogs will require lots of exercise.

Salukis fit perfectly into that category as they were originally bred to help hunters on the plains of Africa. They are long-legged and very fast.

So they need a good amount of protein, this will help maintain strong muscles and rebuild the muscles if damaged, muscles actually gain slight tears after any exercise so rebuilding is almost constant for active dogs.

Dog food with a good quality protein source as the main ingredient is vital for a Saluki. I would recommend a crude protein level of 24%+, higher if they are particularly active.

Higher protein levels mean little if the ingredients are poor, some protein sources can’t be properly digested, that’s why it’s important to look at both the protein level and the protein source of the dog food.

Fat

Just like protein, an active dog will also need a good level of fat in their food, so Saluki owners should avoid any low-calorie foods.

The exception to this may be if your Saluki’s activity level significantly drops, such as when they enter their senior years. However, you should correlate any change to a lower fat option with their activity level rather than age as even senior Salukis can still remain very active.

A crude fat content of around 14% in kibble would be a suitable level for a Saluki.

Salukis are also very good at maintaining their own weight, unlike other breeds that may be prone to overeating.

That makes things easier as a dog owner as you don’t need to monitor their intake quite so closely, of course, all dogs are different so you could still get the occasional greedy Saluki!

Salukis should look slim, with their rib cage just barely showing through the skin of their chest.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

Often overlooked, many high street brands of dog food have little to no omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, omega 3, in particular, is often entirely missed.

It shouldn’t be, a good quality dog food will always contain both omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and they are great for your dog’s health.

They are also an essential fatty acid because your dog cannot produce them itself, they must obtain them through their diet.

They both play vital roles in the body. Omega 6 is essential for cell membrane structure and cell function and helps to maintain the proper function of the immune system.

Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, reducing inflammation of the skin and joints. That’s helpful for sensitive skin which may flare up or become red, possibly due to allergic reaction, and it’s also good for arthritis, reducing inflammation around the joints.

Added to that they are great for general skin and organ health, helping to maintain good cognitive function too.

They are an all-round essential part of your dog’s diet, so always make sure your dog food clearly labeled the minimum amount of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

It’ll only be small, around 1.5% for omega 6 and 0.4% for omega 3 is quite standard for a quality dog food. Fish based foods will usually contain more.

Say no to meat by-products

I’ve already spoken about the importance of a quality protein source, one that can be easily digested.

That’s quite similar to this point. Avoid any food with meat by-product listed on the ingredients. It’s going to help the manufacturer increase the protein and fat content but it’s essentially all the parts of an animal no one else wants to use.

To understand meat by-products, it’s important to know that meat is defined as the muscle of an animal.

Here’s the AAFCO definition of what meat by-product is:

‘lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low-temperature fatty tissue, & stomachs & intestines freed of their contents’

Ok, you might say, what’s wrong with a dog eating lungs, they would do that in the wild right?

Indeed they would, but they wouldn’t also ignore all of the quality meat and only eat the parts such as lungs and fatty tissue. And they would certainly eat the quality muscle meat first.

That’s also no knowing how much of that by-product amount is something relatively ok, like kidney, and how much is poor quality food like fatty tissue.

There is lots of dog food that’ll include parts like chicken liver on their ingredients separately. That’s fine by me, it’s clear and open and you know exactly how much liver is in that product. But if it just says ‘meat by-product’, well that could be 99% fatty tissue and you would never know.

So when a dog food has meat by-products as one of their main ingredients, it’s basically like only feeding your dog all the leftover bits from the hunt, the stuff that the wolf lowest in the pack hierarchy on an Animal Planet show gets when all the others are hungry.

For a majestic and athletic dog like the Saluki, that’s just not good enough.

Best dry dog food (kibble) for Salukis

I’m going to recommend three different dog kibbles here. I wanted to have a range of flavors but also a range of protein levels.

None are low in protein, as Salukis require lots of exercise, but I’ll start with the highest protein choice first and work down.

They are all good quality dog foods so your choice should mainly be on how much exercise your Saluki is getting and your budget, high protein dog food usually costs more (if they don’t they’re probably using poor quality protein sources).

Orijen Fit & Trim High Protein – A selection of meat & fish

View on Amazon (opens new tab)

Orijen produces high fantastic quality dog food. Their range is great so I would recommend taking a look through if you’re interested in their products, their fish-based foods are especially good.

However, for a Saluki I think their Fit & Trim dog food is perfect. It’s very high in protein with a crude protein level of 40%, and being Orijen this is high-quality protein, but it’s also still reasonable in fat content at 13%.

That’s fantastic for a highly active Saluki who does a lot of running around on walks. This food will really help to build their muscles and keep them strong and well maintained.

This dog food has been designed to support lean muscle mass dogs in particular so I think it fits the Saluki build perfectly.

The ingredients list for Orijen foods is always good.

The first 5 ingredients:

Deboned chicken, chicken liver, turkey liver, cod liver, eggs.

Honestly, if you look at the whole ingredients list it just goes on and on with quality ingredients, no secretive ‘meat by-products’ label in sight.

Orijen products usually contain a lot of fish, as a result, their omega 3 and 6 fatty acid levels are good at 1% and 2.5% respectively.

It certainly isn’t a cheap product, but it’s a testament to the quality that despite the price it still gets some of the best review scores you’ll find for dog food. This product, in particular, has well over 100 Amazon reviews with an average score close to a perfect 5.

That’s so hard to achieve for dog food producers because dog owners are (rightly so) very particular about what they feed their dog.

In my mind, it’s just about the best food you’ll find for an active Saluki, you can take a look at Orijen Fit & Trim High Protein dog food on Amazon here.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein – Chicken

View on Amazon (opens new tab)

Despite how good Orijen’s dog food is, I know it won’t fit all budgets. Blue Buffalo offers a high protein dog food with quality ingredients for a slightly lower price, so let’s take a look at that.

Just like Orijen, Blue Buffalo have a great all-round range for dog food, always using quality ingredients. I think this Wilderness High Protein product is the best one they make to fit the build of a Saluki.

This high protein food uses chicken as it’s main protein source, resulting in a crude protein level of 32%. There’s also a crude fat level of 13%.

Those are both great amounts for an active Saluki who is going to do plenty of running on daily walks. It’ll help keep their muscle lean and strong and should give them enough fat in their diet.

The ingredients list is good, starting off with real meat and meals as the first three ingredients.

The first 5 ingredients:

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas, Tapioca Starch.

They also include fish oil and flaxseed further down the list which adds to the omega 3 and 6 fatty acid content.

As a result, it’s nice and high (especially for a predominantly meat-based food) at 0.75% for omega 3 and 2.25% for omega 6 fatty acids.

It’s got all the nutrients and energy your active Salunki should need, and it’s got over 400 positive reviews from happy dog owners.

It’s less money than Orijen’s dog food but it still gives your Saluki a quality high protein diet.

You can take a look at Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein dog food on Amazon here.

Instinct Be Natural Recipe – Beef

View on Amazon (opens new tab)

I’ve already recommended two high protein dog foods at different prices, they’re great for active Salukis but I know not every Saluki will be charging around an open field every day.

They might be a bit older, or they might just not be as active, for those Salukis I would recommend this Instinct Be Natural Recipe dog food.

It’s not low in protein, it’s just about average for dog food, which I think is right as even a less active Saluki will still be more active than many other breeds.

I’ve chosen the beef version for a bit of variety on this list but it also comes in chicken too. That results in a protein level of 24% with a crude fat level of 13%.

The first 5 ingredients:

Beef, Turkey Meal, Barley, Oatmeal, Brown Rice.

It contains no chicken or poultry by-product meal, corn, wheat, soy, brewer’s rice, artificial colors or preservatives.

The sixth ingredient is Menhaden fish meal and as a result, it contains a good amount of both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids at 0.5% and 1.9% respectively, not bad for predominantly meat-based dog food.

It has received over 400 reviews on Amazon with very positive feedback. In particular dog owners have left lots of comments praising the high quality of the ingredients.

If your Saluki is a little less active than they used to be, or is just less active in general this could be the perfect choice for them.

You can take a look at Instinct Be Natural Recipe dog food on Amazon here.

Best wet (canned) dog food for Salukis

Wet dog food can be a great treat for your Saluki. It’s extra tasty and your dog is sure to enjoy it.

As most Salukis are quite slow eaters, often leaving a portion of their food behind, you may find it best to mainly use kibble, with just little additions of wet food.

That way you won’t end up with a bowl full of dried up wet food that your Saluki didn’t fancy eating that morning.

However, if your Saluki does have a big appetite, you may want to feed them a predominantly canned food diet.

Either way, I’ve chosen two great canned foods here both with varying levels of protein depending on the activity levels of your Saluki.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein – Duck & Chicken

View on Amazon (opens new tab)

First up is my high protein choice and it’s another dog food from Blue Buffalo who I mentioned in the dry kibble section above. This is their wet food alternative to the same kibble, although I have chosen a different flavor for variety.

They always make high-quality dog foods and this one is no exception. It’s suitable for a Saluki that gets plenty of exercise as it has a high protein level, with protein at 10% and fat at 9%.

If that seems low compared to the 32% protein kibble I mentioned above, just remember that canned food is very high in water content (this one is around 78%). If you removed that then you’ll see protein makes up a huge section of the remaining nutrients.

The first 5 ingredients:

Duck, Chicken, Chicken broth, Potatoes, Potato protein.

The ingredients are high quality and contain no poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives.

When quality meat protein sources are listed as the first 5 ingredients you always know there’s a high chance this is going to be good dog food!

And this one certainly is. It’s a great, high-quality option for the active Saluki and contains all the vitamins and minerals they will need for a healthy, active life.

That’s reflected in the review scores with over 900 reviews with a very strong average score. There are lots of positive comments from happy dog owners remarking on the quality of ingredients, how much their dogs love the taste and how much more healthy their dogs look after switching to this dog food.

You can take a look at Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein dog food on Amazon here.

Natural Balance Ultra Premium – Beef

View on Amazon (opens new tab)

Natural Balance also makes a great range of quality dog foods. As a side note, they are actually particularly good at producing quality limited ingredient dog foods, ideal for those dogs with food allergies and intolerances.

This isn’t a limited ingredient food. I’ve chosen it because it offers lower protein and fat than the Blue Buffalo option below, so if your Saluki isn’t out on long daily exercise then this might be more suitable.

The protein level is at 8% and the fat level is at 5%. That’s by no means low, more like average for dog food. Salukis are such naturally athletic dogs that I don’t think there’s any need to go for a low protein dog food unless they become extremely inactive (perhaps only very late on in their senior years).

The first 5 ingredients:

Beef, Beef broth, Beef liver, Potatoes, Carrots.

Again, this dog food starts off with three great protein sources as the three main ingredients. You’re always assured that Natural Balance products will offer a great balance of the required nutrients and minerals too.

This is great wet dog food and it also comes in chicken and lamb flavors too if you wanted to match it with your kibble.

It has positive reviews with many comments around the quality of the ingredients and how it has been great for dogs with previously sensitive stomachs.

You can take a look at Natural Balance Ultra Premium dog food on Amazon here.

Best dog food for Saluki puppy

As a general rule, puppies need plenty of protein, plenty of fat and plenty of calcium to fuel their growth.

The Saluki puppy food I’m going to recommend has all of those in abundance, from top quality ingredients.

Orijen Puppy High Protein – A selection of meat & fish

View on Amazon (opens new tab)

I have already said in the dry kibble section how I think Orijen is difficult to beat when it comes to quality, the only difficulty with them is the price which is certainly at the higher end.

Honestly, when it comes to puppy food, I think taking the short term hit on price is always worth it. Your dog won’t be a puppy for long and this is just about the best dog food you can give them.

They’ll only be eating it for around 9 months and then you can move them on to a different adult dog food for a more moderate price. But whilst they’re a growing puppy I would recommend giving them the best.

The first 5 ingredients:

Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, flounder, eggs, whole Atlantic mackerel.

You just know those ingredients are going to give you a healthy strong adult dog once they’ve grown up!

The protein level is high at 38% with a high-fat content of 20%. That’s fine for a puppy, especially a super active one like a Saluki.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are at 0.8% and 3.5% respectively and calcium, especially important for puppies, is at 1.3%.

Here’s a top tip (nothing to do with these dog foods but a good tip), if you cook an egg for yourself keep the shell, grind it up and add it to your puppy’s food. Eggshells are a great source of calcium and will help support strong growth of their bones, teeth and coat.

Like most Orijen food this one has lots of great reviews. It’s a great choice for you young Saluki and for the price difference over only 9 months to a year I really think it’s worth paying. Then you can switch one of the more budget-friendly options I’ve mentioned above once they have grown up.

You can take a look at Orijen Puppy High Protein food on Amazon here.

Final note – All Salukis are individuals

In these dog food articles, I always like to point out that each and every dog is an individual.

Just like humans, every dog will have their own tastes, and possibly their own food intolerances and food allergies.

That’s why it’s always important to take care when introducing new food to your Saluki.

I only try to list quality dog food that I think will be ideal for most dogs, but I know they won’t always be.

My own dog was very allergic to many foods that are fine for most dogs. He had to be on a special limited ingredient diet and most of the foods I’ve listed above wouldn’t have been suitable.

You should always monitor your dog for a few days whenever you give them new food.

Check for digestive issues such as vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. That might indicate intolerance to the food, or it might be hard for them to digest.

Also, be aware of skin sensitivities such as red or flaky skin around the eyes or beneath the hind legs. Watch for excessive scratching or hair loss, particularly around the eyes.

Skin issues could be a sign of an allergic reaction to the food.

Allergic reactions can occur at any time in your dog’s life. Your dog may suddenly develop an allergy to a food they have been eating for years. So if you see those symptoms don’t discount the food just because they have been ok with it in the past.

If you see these symptoms or are concerned in any way you should consult with your vet. I would advise taking with you a full list of what they eat too.

Thank you for reading this article, I hope you found it helpful and I hope you find the perfect food for your beautiful Saluki.

Recent Posts