theBreed 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.