Breed Organization American Sloughi Association Website: http://www.sloughi-international.com Native Country Morocco Other Names Sloughi, Arabian Greyhound, Arabischer Windhund, Arabian Sighthound, Levrier Marocain Life Expectancy Approximately 10-15 Years Litter Size Average 6 -7 Puppies Breed Group Sighthound
Breed Appearance The Sloughi is a muscular and lean dog. This breed gives the impression of strength but it also gives the feeling of elegance. The Sloughi
has excellent endurance and speed. It is also a very capable and efficient. This breed is gentle and affectionate and they tend to bond closely with their owner.
The Sloughi is an intelligent breed that is curious and independent.
Breed Description Head: Long, elegant, slender, but fairly large. Skull flat,
fairly broad, rounded at the back. Very slightly pronounced stop.
Straight nosebridge. Muzzle shaped like an elongated wedge. Strong
jaws. Thin, supple lips. Ears: Set on high, pendulous, lying very flat against the
head, not too large, triangular, slightly rounded at the tip. Eyes: Large. Eyelids slightly slanted. Dark or amber if the
coat is light-colored. Body: Square build. Neck long, without dewlap. Chest deep,
not too broad. Flat ribs. Pronounced tuck-up. Bony, slanting croup.
Short, nearly level back. Tail: Thin, bony, carried above the topline. Hair: Very close-lying, dense, fine. Coat: Sand. Light sand with or without black mask.
Chestnut-sand with or without black mantle. Smoky sand. Brindle. Size: Dog: 66 to 72 cm (26-28,5 in).Bitch: 61 to 68 cm (24-27
in). Weight: 30 to 32 kg (66-70,5 lb).
History The Sloughi's origin is mostly a matter of speculation. It is thought that Sloughis originally came from the Orient
or from what is today Ethiopia (the tributes to the Pharaohs included smooth Lop-eared Sighthounds from Nubia, south of Egypt). The Sloughi
is one of the two African Sighthound breeds recognized by the FCI. On old fragments of earthenware (about 3000 B.C.), a short-haired sighthound
with lop ears was discovered that looks like a Sloughi. Today, the Sloughi is found mainly in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco is
responsible for the breed's FCI Standard. It is not to be confused with the smooth Saluki of the Arabian peninsula and the Middle East, which is a
variety of the Saluki breed. It is also not to be confused with the smooth Afghan Hound, which is a variety of the Afghan Hound. The Sloughi was
and is still used for hunting in its native countries, and is also a reliable guarding dog.
Behavior Very tough and active, the Sloughi has great stamina, is
an excellent runner and hunts gazelle by sight. Independent,
strong-willed and skittish, he is very attached to his owner but
subtle in showing affection. He seldom barks but is very reserved
toward strangers and perhaps one of the most mistrusting
sighthounds. He makes a good watchdog. He needs firm training.
Health The Sloughi is largely unchanged from ancient times, and so retains a robust genetic health. Only a few genetic conditions
have been noted in the breed, in particular Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Fortunately the Sloughi is one of the breeds in whom this condition
can be tested for with a small blood sample, and breeders are working to eliminate PRA from the gene pool. Like all sighthounds, the Sloughi is very
sensitive to anesthesia, and can be sensitive to vaccines, worming, and other medications - so these routine treatments should be spaced apart instead
of given all at once. Otherwise the breed tends to enjoy excellent health into old age.
Advice He can adapt to city life, as long as he gets long, daily walks. He
cannot tolerate cold weather. He must be brushed two to three times
Function The Sloughi is a hunting sight hound that originated from the country of Morocco. It is a short coated dog that is medium sized. The Sloughi was used along
with falcons to hunt wild game. Some game that was hunted by this breed include gazelles, jackals, desert hare, and foxes. This breed is also used as a guard dog. It will protect its
owner’s livestock and home. Over time, the Sloughi has adapted to the desert life in northwestern Africa, including the Maghreb area.