Sloughi

The Sloughi is a large short-coated sighthound from North Africa. It is a tall and lean dog that weighs less than many dog breeds of a similar height. The Sloughi belongs to the hound group.

Sloughi Breed Group

Hound

Size of the Sloughi

Large.

Colour Varieties of the Sloughi

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Black Mantle Brindle Points
  • Black Mantle Sand Points
  • Brindle
  • Brindle Black Mask
  • Sand
  • Sand Black Mask

Country of Origin

North Africa - Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

Time of original development

The exact origins of the Sloughi are unclear, but it’s a very old breed of dog, that possibly originated in Ethiopia or the Orient. It was originally used for coarsing game.

Size and weight of the Sloughi

Height bitch 61-68cms

Height dog 66-72cms

Weight (kilos) bitch18-23kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 23-29kgs

Exercise requirements of the Sloughi

The Sloughi is an energetic and athletic breed of dog that requires at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. The Sloughi is content to enjoy the rest of the day curled up and relaxing after its daily exercise
routine. It is not a dog suited to living in an apartment.

Sloughi temperament

The breed is generally placid, quiet and affectionate around the home with those people he knows. It can be reserved, distant and aloof with strangers.It mixes well with other dogs, rarely showing any signs of agression. They tend to enjoy the company of children, but may not appreciate too much boisterous behaviour and noise, so more suited to families with older children. Sloughi’s should not be kept with cats or smaller pets due to their strong hunting instinct and exposure to these pets should be avoided.

Is the Sloughi a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The Sloughi is difficult to train, and is often stubborn. The breed would appreciate a potential new owner with experience with Sloughis.

Sloughi coat length

Very short.

Grooming requirements of the Sloughi

Very low. The short coat requires little grooming attention, but an occasional buff with a chamois leather, or brush with a bristle brush will add a lovely sheen to the coat. Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of foreign bodies or infections.

Hypoallergenic?

No. But, the Sloughi sheds very little, so may be a suitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Sloughi

The Sloughi is a healthy dog, with few inherited health problems, but owners should talk to their breeder about the following health issues that have been recorded in the breed:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Sloughi

A healthy Sloughi should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.

Approximate Sloughi pedigree puppy price

No current information is available as litters of puppies are very rare. In fact, not a single dog was registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 1-7 puppies in a litter.

Estimating how much a Sloughi would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs bitch is around £7.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs dog is around £8.00

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment