Sloughi Breeders, Associations and International Rescue
The Sloughi is another of the sighthound breeds, all of which are thought to derive from the original Saluki/Afghan type hound found in the Middle East. In fact both Saluki and Sloughi are probably slightly different regional transliterations of the Arabic word for hound . Like the Saluki, the Sloughi was used to hunt gazelle, antelope and hare. The name itself goes back to at least the Middle Ages; in common with the Afghan there are two distinct types – the desert hound which was rangier than the more compact, heavier boned mountain type. Whilst the Afghan has now been bred so that the types are now blended, the variance remains in the Sloughi though both mountain and desert hounds are bred together.
The home of the Sloughi is Morocco which controls the Breed Standard. The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) places the breed in Group 10, the Sighthounds, and you can find a link to the original breed standard here.
The coat is fine and close-lying but tougher than is often the case with smooth coated hounds; colouring is usually shades of fawn, with or without a black mask. Parti-colours are not allowed, neither are solid black or white. The coat is easy to keep with a regular brushing to remove dead coat and dust, and he is a very clean dog in the house.
The size range of the Sloughi is quite considerable – height from 60 – 70cm and weighing between 45 -60lbs. In common with other Middle Eastern hounds he is distrustful of strangers; he would not be aggressive, just indifferent. He is a quiet dog who can curl up into a surprisingly small space. Not yet popular in the UK he has a nucleus of very enthusiastic admirers.
Sloughi World is a German website devoted to research on the Sloughi. The site has an English version.
Rescue and Rehoming
Sloughi Rescue – International Organisation covering the welfare of the Sloughi breed worldwide.