The lean, long-legged Sloughi (pronunciation: Sloo-ghee) is a breed of medium- to large-sized dogs indigenous to some North African countries. A robust, athletic hound with grace and class, the Sloughi is treasured for its speed, endurance, and hunting skills.
It has a long wedge-shaped, refined head with large, dark eyes, and medium-sized drooping ears; flat, slightly curved ribs with moderately wide chest; short, straight back, lean, slightly arched loin, and a somewhat angular shape with a tucked up belly.
|Alternative names||Slougui, Arabischer Windhund, Levrier Marocain, Arabian Sighthound, Arabian Greyhound, Sloughi Moghrebi|
|Coat||Short, dense, smooth, without an undercoat|
|Color||Light-sand/red-sand/mahogany/red; may have black ears, mask, mantle, brindled pattern, and a white patch on the chest|
|Group of Breed||Hound, Sighthound|
|Weight||Males: 55-65 lb
Females: 35-50 lb
|Size/Height||Medium; males: 26.4-28.3 inches
females: 24-26.7 inches
|Size of Litter||4-8 puppies|
|Temperament||Noble, reserved, loyal, intelligent, friendly|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Barking||Excessive when nervous or fearful|
|Country Originated in||Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||SFAA, UKC, NZKC, AKC, ACA, FCI, DRA, ANKC, ASLA, KCGB, DRA, KC (UK), SCCM, NAPR|
The Sloughi is believed to be an ancient breed, mentioned in many historical books including Al Mansur’s 13th-century written the account. In fact, old fragments of ancient earthenware depicted a short-haired sighthound that resembled a Sloughi.
Used as hunting dogs by chiefs and kings, the breeders made sure that the hounds were of pure blood. The owners would travel a great distance to find the right mating partner for the female Sloughis. Originally, two kinds of Sloughis were bred including the larger mountain-type and the smaller desert-type.
Recent DNA analysis has highlighted that these sighthounds are genetically unique, and they have some traits in common with the Nguni, Sica, and Basenji, indicating that their ancestors may have lived thousands of years ago. It became an AKC-recognized breed in January 2016.
Known to be affectionate with its people, the Sloughi is calm and quiet indoors, often seen lying on soft bedding, blankets, and rugs. However, it is cautious with strangers, emitting loud barks if it feels that there is an intrusion in its territory.
Although it gels with older kids and accepts the presence of household animals it grows up with, the sighthound is not an ideal match for families with toddlers who do not know how to interact with a dog. Its inherent curiosity, independence, and stubborn nature could be overwhelming for an inexperienced dog owner. Moreover, it has a strong chasing instinct, further triggered by a small, fast-moving object.
An adult Sloughi should be given four meals a day including quality dry dog food. A small amount of cottage cheese, cooked eggs, fruits, and vegetables can form a part of its regular diet.