Sloughi: Dog Breed Information and Care

A standing side profile of a Sloughi dog in the grass

The Sloughi dog is a medium-to-large hound breed native to North Africa, with long legs, a slender frame, short fur, and the ability to sprint quickly. These athletic canines have a Greyhound-like look, earning them the titles Berber Greyhounds or Arabian Greyhounds. Sloughis are known for being loving only to their human family members, which has earned them a reputation for being distant. The Sloughi has lots of affection waiting inside its elegant shell for the right individuals.

Breed Overview

Group:

Height: 26 to 29 inches (males); 24 to 27 inches (females)

Weight: 49 to 62 pounds (males); 40 to 51 pounds (females)

Coat: Smooth and fine

Coat Color: Fawn, Black, Sandy, Brindle

Life Span: 10 to 15 years

Temperament: Independent, attentive, sensitive, intelligent, loyal

Hypoallergenic: No

Origin: North Africa

Characteristics of the Sloughi

The Sloughi, like the Greyhound, is an athletic dog that is usually peaceful when not on the go. The attitude of this breed is often quiet, preferring to err on the side of independence rather than being involved in every aspect of family life. That's not to suggest your Sloughi won't like spending time with you and your family; these dogs are devoted to their owners and particularly enjoy being around youngsters. Sloughis are recognized for their soft attitudes and aloof demeanor toward strangers, therefore it's important to socialize them as soon as possible.

Affection Level High
Friendliness Medium
Kid-Friendly High
Pet-Friendly Medium-High
Exercise Needs Medium-High
Playfulness Medium
Energy Level High
Trainability Medium
Intelligence Medium-High
Tendency to Bark Low
Amount of Shedding Medium

History of the Sloughi

The Sloughi is a North African species. The AKC just recognized these dogs in 2016, making them a relatively fresh addition to the American breed landscape. Their history stretches back many centuries, so long back that the precise date of their birth is unknown.

The breed was believed to be one of two treasured sighthound breeds of the Berbers, an African indigenous people. Sighthounds have been reported in the region from the 8th-7th millennia B.C., and it is well recorded that sighthounds were revered by the ancient Egyptians.

The capacity of the Sloughi to hunt wild pigs, foxes, and hares in tough North African settings has contributed to the breed's long-standing popularity in its home region. When needed, the breed is exceptionally athletic, fast, and stealthy. Sloughis are now mostly found in Morocco, with lesser populations scattered across the remainder of North Africa.

In the United States, these dogs are still uncommon. Tagiurie el Sian, the first Sloughi to cross the Atlantic, arrived in 1973 with her owners Kaethe and Carl Rodarty, and the American Sloughi Association (ASLA) was created in 1989.

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Sloughi Care

Sloughis, like other short-haired dogs, don't require much maintenance beyond the fundamentals. They require regular exercise and are typically trainable; however, because of their sensitive nature, positive reinforcement methods should be used.

Exercise

Sloughis are an active breed, but as long as they receive enough exercise, they're quite content to curl up on the sofa at home. Daily long walks are advised. Even better, take your Sloughi somewhere where he or she can run off-leash; these dogs love to show off their speed by zipping about on their long legs. Because of their intense prey drive, fenced-in habitats are required. Agility training and lure coursing are two other excellent ways for Sloughis to release their energy both physically and mentally.

Grooming

The sleek, of a Sloughi makes grooming quite simple. Simple baths and gentle brushings should sufficient. Brushing teeth, cleaning ears, and clipping nails are all important grooming measures to remember.

Training

Sloughis react well to positive reinforcement in training, however they can have a stubborn side that can get in the way. When it comes to strangers and other dogs, this timid breed need some coaxing to emerge out of its shell. As a result, early participation in socializing and training sessions is extremely recommended. This can assist your Sloughi in learning appropriate social habits and maintaining desired qualities over time.

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Common Health Problems

Although this breed is typically healthy, Sloughis, like other purebred dogs, are susceptible to some hereditary diseases. You may improve your dog's chances of having a long and happy life by adopting from a responsible breeder. The following are some of the most prevalent health issues that Sloughians face:

  • : This condition affects your dog's adrenal glands, preventing them from producing normal levels of the hormones needed to balance electrolytes.
  • (PRA): PRA is an eye disorder affecting cells in the retina that eventually leads to blindness.

Because Addison's Disease doesn't usually manifest until middle age, a Sloughi with this genetic abnormality might produce puppies before it's discovered. Unfortunately, there are no gene marker testing for the breed yet.

If you're thinking about buying a Sloughi puppy, ask your breeder for the parents' medical records (and grandparents, if possible). Breeders that are trustworthy avoid breeding dogs with hereditary diseases. While it is impossible to eliminate inherited disorders in every dog, good care can help to reduce the risk.

Diet and Nutrition

Your Sloughi will thrive on a high-protein, high-quality food. Although this breed is not prone to becoming overweight or obese, consult your veterinarian to establish meal quantities and dog food that are appropriate for your dog's age, weight, and activity level. Allow your Sloughi to enjoy healthful snacks (remember, positive reinforcement is recommended), but be careful not to overfeed him.

Where to Adopt or Buy a Sloughi

Sloughis are an uncommon dog breed in the United States, thus finding one might be difficult. Look for dogs in need of permanent homes at your local shelters and any breed-specific rescues. If you want to adopt a puppy from a breeder, do some research first to make sure you're working with someone who is respectable and treats their dogs well.

Sloughi pups typically cost between $1,200 and $2,000, but depending on pedigree and availability in your location, costs can reach $6,000. Because this breed is uncommon, expect to be placed on a waiting list to adopt a puppy.

Start your search for a Sloughi via designated rescues, the designated breed association, and the American Kennel Club:

  • Sloughi Rescue
  • American Sloughi Association (ASLA)
  • Sloughi Fanciers Association of America
  • AKC Sloughi Breeders

Sloughi Overview

Pros
  • Calm and relaxed

  • Family and kid-friendly

  • Doesn't bark much

Cons
  • Aloof and stubborn

  • Shy around strangers

  • High prey drive

More Dog Breeds and Further Research

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There is a great out there for everybody. Learn about other popular breeds or visit your local shelter to find your next best friend!

FAQ
  • How Do You Pronounce Sloughi Dog?

    The Sloughi (pronounced "slu-ghee") is a North African canine breed with a long, skinny form and a rapid running ability, similar to the Greyhound.

  • Are Sloughi Dogs Hypoallergenic?

    Sloughis are not hypoallergenic, however they do shed moderately and have short hair. Like other dog breeds, your Sloughi will require simple upkeep such as baths, nail cutting, and teeth cleaning.

  • What Group Is the Sloughi In?

    Sloughi dogs are classified as hounds by the American Kennel Club. This dog is classified as a sighthound, as opposed to the in this category (similar to the Greyhound, Whippet, Saluki, and more).

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