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The Sloughi dog is a medium/large short-coated hound that has a noble, dignified stature. He is elegant and racy but stronh and muscular. The coat comes in various colours (see the breed standard). Adult males stand at 66-72cm and adult females at 61-68cm. The weight range for the breed is 20-27kg.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
Sloughi standing in the field

Personality

Sloughis are independent dogs that have an inbuilt desire to hunt and have the stamina to keep going. Cats and other small animals are seen as prey to this dog that hasn't been socialised with them from an early age. Not a breed suited to someone who has little time, he makes a devoted, loyal family dog in the right home. This is not a noisy hound.

Sloughi playing in the field

History and Origins

The Sloughi dog breed is revered by the Bedouin tribesmen, who decorate the Sloughi with talismans and amulets. When a Bedouin goes visiting, his Sloughi is treated with the same respect as any honoured guest, and tribesmen will willingly give up their blanket for their Sloughi should they be cold. And when the Sloughi dog dies, the grief of the Bedouin is apparent and the hound is mourned with dignity. There is evidence of the Sloughi dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, and a mummified body of a Sloughi has been discovered in a tomb.

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