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.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
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.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), a form of blindness, can affect this breed. However, a simple bloodtest can identify whether a Sloughi carries the gene for PRA and all breeding Sloughis should be screened for PRA prior to breeding. The majority of Sloughis are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own as Sloughis can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.