Sloughi At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Hound); ANKC (Hounds); FCI (Sighthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)
Large. Weight: 45–65 lbs Height: 24–29 inches
Ranges from Light Sand to Red Sand (Fawn); May have Black Mask
12 to 15 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
This breed is sometimes called the Arabian Greyhound.
The Sloughi shares its origins with other ancient sight hounds including the Saluki and Azawakh. Their birthplace is in the deserts that covered Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. As a dog of the desert tribes, the breed went wherever their nomadic owners did helping hunt down game and guarding the temporary encampments.
The dog breed features the same short hair and slender body type of other sighthounds. Narrow chests and long legs help give them speed over the deserts, while their slender tails and triangular ears help give them a dignified look. The breed comes in a variety of coat colors and may also sport a longer coat in some dogs.
This dog breed exudes a dignified personality. They are loyal and affectionate toward their humans and will help defend them if they feel the need. They are devoted and bond deeply with their owners, making them a one-person dog. Quiet, sensitive and gentle, they make great house pets as well as exercise companions.
Lifespan for the Sloughi is 12 to 15 years, above average compared to other dogs their size. A few health concerns include heart murmur and progressive retinal atrophy. Careful selection of parents, as well as early and long-term preventive veterinary care, can help to reduce disease and give them a long life.
Like other short-haired sighthounds, the only grooming required is a rub down with a mitt or glove to help remove dead hairs and stimulate the skin. Little other care is needed, however, ears should be regularly checked to prevent infections due to their dropped appearance.
They can be sensitive to harsh methods, so calm, patient and positive training is best. The breed is intelligent and bonds closely with his owner, making him want to please and listen well. They do well as house pets in addition to being sporting dogs in activities such as agility or racing.
This dog has an urge to run daily and does well if given the chance to run on a long hike or jog, or in a dog-safe enclosed area. When indoors, however, the breed easily adapts and will be calm and quiet. Like their Greyhound cousins, the Sloughi make a great couch potato when otherwise exercised daily.