Salukis are sighthounds and considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in existence, also known as the Persian Greyhound and Royal Dog of Egypt. There are rock arts in central Iran that show saluki-like hounds and falcons accompanying hunters chasing prey (ca. 8000-10,000 B.C.E). Later, they were considered to be the "Royal Dog of Egypt". Salukis appear on Egyptian tombs increasingly commonly from 2134 BC onward, and have often been found mummified alongside the bodies of the Pharaohs in the Pyramids. Historically, Salukis traveled throughout the Middle East and along Silk road with caravans and nomadic tribes over an area stretching from the Sahara to the Caspian Sea and China.
So a dog with as romantic a history as it has appearance.