is a breed of dog, specifically a member of
the sighthound family. Sloughis are likely closely related to the
Azawakh, but not to the Saluki.
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The Sloughi belongs to the Oriental sighthound family. In appearance, it is a
short-haired, middle-sized, strong sighthound with drooping ears. Its expression
is often described to be sad. Its muscular system is "dry", that is, the Sloughi
has flat and long muscles, which must not be as brawny as those of Greyhounds or
Whippets, even when in excellent physical condition. Its back is nearly
horizontal (the lumbar region must be slightly vaulted). It has a moderate
angulation and a tucked up underline.
The Sloughi's eyes are mostly of amber colour. Its skin colour varies from
light-sand, red-sand, red- or light-sand brindled, to sand or brindled with a
black coat, at times with or without a mask. According to the standard, a
Sloughi may only have a small white patch on its chest. Larger white spots on
the chest or white toes and boots are excluding for breeding. Its walk is
elastic and light-footed.
The Sloughi's general view is compact and strong; it may not be too dainty.
It is of sensitive nature yet is an alert and intelligent hound. It is said
that Sloughis have a mighty longing for moving and that is not easy to keep them
in flats with families; however, a Sloughi does not need more exercise than
other dogs of similar size. It loves variety, walking on the leash, romping in
the countryside, and racing. A Sloughi is faithful to his owner and it needs him
close by. Sloughis are easy to bring up and to train, if you know how to do it.
Because the Sloughi is very sensitive, its training shouldn't be oppressive, and
any punishment should be omitted. What it likes is a friendly confirmation of
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 only in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya. 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. The Sloughi was and is still used for
hunting in its native countries, and is also a reliable guarding dog.
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