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  • Temperament: Reserved, Graceful, Noble
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 185 of 194
  • Height: 26-29 inches (male), 24-27 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-50 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
  • Group: Hound Group

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

The Sloughi is a medium-large, short-haired, smooth-coated, athletic sighthound developed in North Africa (in the area including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya) to hunt game such as hare, fox, jackal, gazelle, and wild pigs. It is an ancient breed, treasured in North Africa for its hunting skills, speed, agility, and endurance over long distances. It is a robust, but elegant and racy, pursuit dog with no exaggeration of length of body or limbs, muscle development, angulation, nor curve of loin. The Sloughi is not a fragile dog, but is also a dog with class and grace. The attitude is noble and somewhat aloof, and the expression of the dark eyes is gentle and melancholy.

HEAD

In profile, the head is long and refined with a deep and sturdy character. From above, it has the shape of a long wedge, tapering from the cranial area to the tip of the nose. Eyes – The eyes are large, dark, well set in their sockets, and oval to almond-shaped. The eye color is shades of dark brown to dark amber. The eye rims are pigmented. Ears -The ears are set at about the level of the eye and droop close to the head when the animal is at rest. The ears are of medium size, triangular in shape, and slightly rounded at the tips. Disqualifications are ears erect, or small and folding backwards in a “rose ear.”

BODY

The chest is not too wide and almost, but not quite, reaches the level of the elbow. Ribs – The ribs are flat, long, and slightly curved in the posterior third of the chest. Underline – The underline starts as a straight line at the sternum and rises up in a smooth curve to the belly. Tuck-up – The belly is well tucked up. Back – The back is short, almost level (horizontal) between the withers and the hip bones. Loin – The loin is short, lean, wide, and slightly arched. Croup – The croup is bony and oblique with apparent hip bones that project above the line of the back to the same height as, or slightly higher than, the withers.

FOREQUARTERS

Angulation – Well open. Shoulders – Shoulder Blades – The shoulder blades are long. Legs – The forelegs are straight, bony, and muscular. The forelegs appear long. Pasterns – The pasterns are slightly sloping, supple, and strong.

HINDQUARTERS

Angulation -Open angulation, stifle and hock well open. Legs – When showing, the hind legs should be left in their natural, upright position so that the level (horizontal) line of the back remains apparent. Upper Thigh – The upper thigh is lean, flat, and muscular and, at rest, is nearly vertical. Second Thigh – The second thigh is long and well muscled.

COAT

The coat of the Sloughi is always smooth. The hair is short, tight, and fine all over the body. The Sloughi is presented in natural condition. Disqualifications are coat other than short, tight, and smooth and/or feathering on the ears, tail, and/or legs.

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About the Sloughi

The Sloughi (SLOO-ghee) is a classically constructed sighthound of ancient lineage, originally bred to work on such game as hare, fox, jackal, gazelle, and wild pigs on the punishing terrain of its homeland. This is a lean, no-frills hound standing between 24 to 29 inches at the shoulder. Coat colors include shades of light sand to mahogany red-fawn, with or without brindling, with or without black markings, with no invasive white markings. The Sloughi’s big, dark eyes are often described as “melancholy.”

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Care

NUTRITION

The Sloughi should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING

The Sloughi’s short, smooth, and fine coat requires very little in the way of maintenance. Weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush or a hound glove should keep it smooth and sleek. An occasional bath can help to keep the hound clean-smelling. The ears should be regularly inspected and cleaned if needed. The nails should be trimmed regularly as needed, as overly long nails can cause the dog discomfort.

EXERCISE

Though usually sedate while in the home, the Sloughi is a somewhat active breed—he is a mannerly housedog possessed of high prey drive when in pursuit. This elegant, very athletic hound needs ample exercise, preferably including opportunities to run full out in a safely enclosed area. Canine sports such as lure coursing can engage the breed with mental and physical activity he will greatly enjoy.

TRAINING

The Sloughi is an intelligent and loyal breed that is somewhat aloof. He does best with caring and sensitive owners. Sloughis need ample exercise, and do not respond well to harsh training methods. Despite their athleticism, they are very quiet in the home. Some Sloughis are shy; most are simply very careful and cautious about their personal space. They have a strong sense of self, which shows clearly when they are pursuing games or are strongly challenged. As with most sighthounds, care is necessary when a Sloughi is off lead.

HEALTH

Sloughis are generally healthy dogs, and responsible breeders test their stock for health conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy. A Sloughi’s ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection, and the teeth should be brushed often, using a toothpaste formulated for dogs. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help to ensure the dog a long, healthy life.

Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.

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History

Like many breeds developed in antiquity around the Mediterranean basin, the Sloughi’s origins are—in the inevitable words of canine historians—“lost in the mists of history.” We do know that Sloughi-type hounds were favored hunting companions of Egyptian nobles, Berber kings, and nomadic chieftains who kept packs of tough but graceful hounds that could course game across vast expanses of desert. It’s theorized that Berber cavalrymen who accompanied Hannibal during his famous crossing of the Alps might have introduced the Sloughi to Europe.

Did You Know?

The Sloughi has been assigned the Hound Group designation. They first entered FSS in 1997.
The Sloughi is one of two African Sighthound breeds recognized by FCI. Whereas the Sloughi originates from North Africa, the Azawakh is to be found in Central Africa (Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali). The Sloughi is also known as the Arabian Greyhound.
The Sloughi exists in coat of many colors. The most common are the sand black mask, and the sand brindle. But Sloughis can also be found in all shades of Sand, with or without Black Masking, Brindling or Mantling.
The Sloughi breed in Europe and the USA are from dogs imported directly from Tunisia, Libya, morocco and Algeria.
December 2003 - the board approved the eligibility of some foundation stock breeds (including the Sloughi), which meet certain criteria, for competition in AKC Companion Events (obedience, tracking, and agility), effective January 1, 2004.
Training & temperament because of its long history as a coursing and guard breed of nomads, the Sloughi is skeptical about strangers and is aloof. Sloughi puppies require socialization, such as puppy classes and exposure to many new people and situations in order to become properly adjusted adults. Being a sensitive sighthound, the Sloughi requires training methods that are based in the principles of positive reinforcement. Harsh or punitive methods will not be successful with the Sloughi.
The Sloughi was originally bred by the Berbers and the Bedouins in North Africa, the Azawakh by the Touareg (a Berber tribe) in Central Africa and the Saluki by the Bedouin in the Middle East.
From the May 2011 board meeting the American Sloughi Association will serve as the AKC parent club to represent the Sloughi.
Although Sloughis are sighthounds which chase their prey on sight, they are also excellent trackers who can flush out game by scent before the final chase.
From the August 2006 board meeting - the Sloughi will be eligible to compete in lure coursing events, effective October 1, 2006.
From the February 2015 board meeting the American Sloughi Association is the official parent club for the Sloughi and to accept the Sloughi into the AKC stud book on December 1, 2015. The breed will be eligible to compete in the Hound Group beginning January 1, 2016. AKC will maintain an open registry for the breed until January 1, 2021.

The Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE

The Sloughi is a medium-large, short-haired, smooth-coated, athletic sighthound developed in North Africa (in the area including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya) to hunt game such as hare, fox, jackal, gazelle, and wild pigs. It is an ancient breed, treasured in North Africa for its hunting skills, speed, agility, and endurance over long distances. It is a robust, but elegant and racy, pursuit dog with no exaggeration of length of body or limbs, muscle development, angulation, nor curve of loin. The Sloughi is not a fragile dog, but is also a dog with class and grace. The attitude is noble and somewhat aloof, and the expression of the dark eyes is gentle and melancholy.

HEAD

In profile, the head is long and refined with a deep and sturdy character. From above, it has the shape of a long wedge, tapering from the cranial area to the tip of the nose. Eyes – The eyes are large, dark, well set in their sockets, and oval to almond-shaped. The eye color is shades of dark brown to dark amber. The eye rims are pigmented. Ears -The ears are set at about the level of the eye and droop close to the head when the animal is at rest. The ears are of medium size, triangular in shape, and slightly rounded at the tips. Disqualifications are ears erect, or small and folding backwards in a “rose ear.”

BODY

The chest is not too wide and almost, but not quite, reaches the level of the elbow. Ribs – The ribs are flat, long, and slightly curved in the posterior third of the chest. Underline – The underline starts as a straight line at the sternum and rises up in a smooth curve to the belly. Tuck-up – The belly is well tucked up. Back – The back is short, almost level (horizontal) between the withers and the hip bones. Loin – The loin is short, lean, wide, and slightly arched. Croup – The croup is bony and oblique with apparent hip bones that project above the line of the back to the same height as, or slightly higher than, the withers.

FOREQUARTERS

Angulation – Well open. Shoulders – Shoulder Blades – The shoulder blades are long. Legs – The forelegs are straight, bony, and muscular. The forelegs appear long. Pasterns – The pasterns are slightly sloping, supple, and strong.

HINDQUARTERS

Angulation -Open angulation, stifle and hock well open. Legs – When showing, the hind legs should be left in their natural, upright position so that the level (horizontal) line of the back remains apparent. Upper Thigh – The upper thigh is lean, flat, and muscular and, at rest, is nearly vertical. Second Thigh – The second thigh is long and well muscled.

COAT

The coat of the Sloughi is always smooth. The hair is short, tight, and fine all over the body. The Sloughi is presented in natural condition. Disqualifications are coat other than short, tight, and smooth and/or feathering on the ears, tail, and/or legs.

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Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
CREAM Check Mark For Standard Color 076
MAHOGANY Check Mark For Standard Color 128
RED Check Mark For Standard Color 140
SANDY Check Mark For Standard Color 168

Markings

Description Standard Markings Registration Code
BLACK BRINDLE Check Mark For Standard Mark 118
BLACK MASK Check Mark For Standard Mark 004
BRINDLE Check Mark For Standard Mark 051
BRINDLE BLACK MANTLE Check Mark For Standard Mark 448
DARKER OVERLAY Check Mark For Standard Mark 061
MANTLE Check Mark For Standard Mark 447

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