Home   »   Breeds   »   Sloughi

Get to know the


Looking for a Sloughi?

AKC Meet the Breeds®

The Sloughi is a medium-sized, smooth-coated, athletic sighthound. An ancient breed, it is treasured in North Africa for its hunting skills, speed, agility, and endurance over long distances. The breed is noble and somewhat aloof, with a gentle, melancholy expression. This "Arabian Greyhound's" short coat comes in all shades of light sand (cream) to mahogany red fawn, with or without brindling and black markings, as well as sand or brindle with a black mantle.

A Look Back

The Sloughi was originally bred by the Berbers of North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya) to hunt game such as hare, fox, jackal, gazelle and wild pigs. Its exact origins date too far back to be completely known and remain speculative. In its countries of origin, the Sloughi is the only dog treated as family and allowed into the tent. It is also bred and selected with the same care as an Arabian horse. The first Sloughi was brought to the United States in 1973.

Right Breed for You?

The Sloughi is a reserved breed that may not be comfortable in the company of strangers but will tolerate them. In terms of training, the Sloughi, like other Sighthounds, responds best to positive reinforcement and gentle tone of voice. The breed must be exercised on leash or in a large fenced area since it will run after anything that catches its fancy. Its smooth coat requires minimal grooming.

If you are considering purchasing a Sloughi puppy, learn more here.

  • Miscellaneous class; Hound group designation.
  • Ranging in size from 24 to 29 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Sighthound.

© The American Kennel Club, Inc.