The Sloughi is a North African dog breed that can be mostly found in Marocco. Unlike other hounds, this dog breed is energetic and rather active. It is capable of running at great speeds and was mostly used by North African tribes for hunting various game. Many Sloughis can be still found performing these duties even today.
Like many other hounds, the Sloughi can be stubborn and strong-willed so this is not a breed that is recommended for inexperienced dog owners. You will need to be firm but fair with these dogs. If you can fulfill their physical needs, you will get a great and devoted lifelong companion.
24-29 in (61-73 cm)
45-70 lb (21-32 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
The Sloughi’s characteristics give this breed the appearance of a very noble and elegant dog. These dogs have an elongated head that can seem weak, when in fact it is quite strong and sturdy. Their muzzle has the shape of an elongated wedge and their nose is usually black. The Sloughis eyes are well placed in their skull and are quite large and dark. Their ears are set slightly above the eye line and are triangular with slightly rounded tips.
The Sloughi is thin and their bones clearly show through their skin. They have long limbs that allow them to run at an impressive speed. These dogs have long, thin muscles that have been developed in regards to the harsh environment of their native land.
- Group 10 (Sighthounds), Section 3 (Short-haired Sighthounds)
- height - male 26-29 in (66-72 cm), female 24-27 in (61-68 cm)
- date of acceptance - 11/8/1934
- Hound Group
- height - male 26-29 in (66-73 cm), female 24-27 in (61-68 cm)
- weight - 45 - 70 lbs (21-32 kg)
- date of acceptance - 2016
Sloughi have a short and dense coat that doesn’t require much maintenance. Regular weekly brushing will keep his coat clean and healthy.
Sloughi coat colors:
- all shades of light sand to mahogany red fawn
Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Make sure you use products that are made especially for dogs as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally. A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk. Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal. You can always check with your Vet about the products you should use and the proper technique.
The Sloughi’s temperament is rather unique and not a good fit for everyone. These dogs form an incredibly strong bond with their owners or even with their whole families. These bonds are so strong that, in some cases, rehoming isn’t an option.
This breed can be challenging and stubborn. You should set a clear set of rules that the Sloughi needs to know and obey. They usually very calm and quiet when they are at home as long as their energy is spent productively and positively.
The Sloughi is not the friendliest towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs. They are naturally distrustful and that is the main reason why these dogs make excellent watchdogs. They can adapt to different living conditions as long as they have their daily walks and enough playtime.
Sloughi training and socialization
In order to have a balanced and well-behaved dog that won’t cause you any problems, training and socialization is a must. The Sloughi is a rather large dog breed that needs to know what sort of behavior is tolerated and what is not.
When training a Sloughi, you will need a lot of patience and consistency. Repetition is the key while training these dogs as they can easily get bored and distracted and lose all interest in training. They react best to positive reinforcement training methods that involve a lot of praise and food. They do not react well to harsh training methods. Those methods can cause a Sloughi to become overly shy and too aggressive towards humans as well as other dogs.
The key to having a well-behaved Sloughi is socialization. These dogs are not the friendliest breed and are usually aloof when encountering strange people and dogs. To prepare your new Sloughi puppy for any possible situation they may find themselves in, expose them to different sights, sounds, dogs, and people while they are still young. Make sure those are positive experiences that will be rewarded afterward. Proper socialization will ensure that your Sloughi puppy develops in a stable dog with no behavioral problems.
Like any other dog breed, the Sloughi can potentially develop health problems. If you are buying a dog, make sure the breeder can provide you with the necessary health tests and guarantees. Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents. The health problems these dogs are associated with are:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Group of diseases that affect the retina and cause it to deteriorate over time.
- Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
The Sloughi is generally considered a very healthy breed that can live 12-14 years.
When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Sloughi breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective, and getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Sloughi breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics.
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Photos by: Varje Härm
World Dog Finder team