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Sloughi Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Sloughi so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Sloughi have? The dog breed also known as...
Berber Greyhound, Sloughi Moghrebi
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Sloughi recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Sloughi recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section.
How much does the Sloughi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Sloughi price:
If you choose to purchase the Sloughi, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Sloughi for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Sloughi gets to a happy place.

Sloughi History

The Sloughi is one of the oldest domestic hound breeds. It finds its origin in North Africa going back several hundred years, at least to the 12-13th century. Like many breeds that were created in antiquity around the Mediterranean basin, the breed’s detailed ancestry is sort of lost in the mists of history. However, it is thought, that three sighthound breeds originated from this dry and hot region, including the Sloughi. It is also theorized, that Berber cavalrymen who accompanied Hannibal during his well-known crossing of the Alps, might have introduced the Sloughi to Europe.

Experts also presume that Sloughi-type of hounds were favored hunting companions of the Egyptian nobility, of nomadic chieftains, Berber kings, who kept packs of tough, strong, yet graceful hounds that possessed the ability of course game across vast expanses in the desert. The dogs were frequently used to hunt mostly deer, rabbits, gazelle, even wild pig, and any other dessert mammal that came along, helping to feed both the tribes and themselves. During that time period, the breed was also known as the Arabian Greyhound. Although the Sloughi has always been often compared with the Saluki, and sometimes even been mistaken for a Saluki, whereas the two breeds are very different.

Both the First and the Second World War had devastating effects on the breed. The tragic events disrupted the breeding programs across all of Europe. During the French occupation, hunting with sighthounds became illegal, moreover, any dogs who were seen on the sight of hunting was shot down right away in the regions and territories occupied by the French.

The first Sloughi was introduced in 1973 to the United States of America directly from Libya, and the first litter born in the United States was whelped in 1981. Almost all of the Sloughis found nowadays in Europe and in the United States are from dogs imported directly from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, or Libya. The (ASLA) American Sloughi Association was founded a few years later, in 1989. Interestingly, in 1997, the Sloughi was the first breed that got recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) as a Foundation Stock Service breed and gained the ability to compete in obedience, agility, tracking, and lures coursing events. Even though Sloughis are categorized as sighthounds that are known to chase their prey on sight, the breed is an also excellent tracker, who can flush out the game by scent before the final chase begins. Then, in 2016, the breed got accepted into the hound group within the AKC.

Sloughi General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Sloughi size:
How much does the Sloughi weigh? Sloughi weight:
Male: 55-65 pounds (25-30 kg), Female: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Sloughi? Sloughi average weight:
Male: 60 pounds (27.5 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg)
How tall is the Sloughi? Sloughi height:
Male: 26.4-28.3 inches (66-72 cm), Female: 24-26.7 inches (61-68 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Sloughi average height:
Male: 26.4-28.3 inches (69 cm), Female: 24-26.7 inches (64.5 cm)

Sloughi Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Sloughi have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Sloughi's coat?
How to groom the Sloughi and how often?
Effortless: The Sloughi requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Sloughi is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Sloughi dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Berber Greyhound? Sloughi shedding level:
Sloughis shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Sloughi Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Sloughi have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Sloughi? Are they intelligent?
Average: Sloughi's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Sloughi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Sloughis are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
Sloughis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Sloughi sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Sloughis don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Sloughis are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Berber Greyhound need? Sloughi social needs:
Sloughis need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Sloughi dogs bark a lot? Why does my Sloughi Moghrebi bark?
Low to Average: The Sloughi rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Sloughi good as a watchdog?
Sloughis are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Sloughi dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Sloughi dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Sloughis are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Sloughi can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Sloughi will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Sloughi bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Berber Greyhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Sloughi? Why do dog bites happen?
The Sloughi has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Sloughi do?
Sloughis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Sloughis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Sloughi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Sloughi roam?
Sloughis have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Sloughi have high prey drive?
Sloughis have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Sloughi dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Sloughi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Sloughis are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Sloughis adapt badly to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't tolerate moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Sloughi dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Sloughi Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Sloughis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Sloughi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Sloughi and children:
Sloughis are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Sloughi dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Sloughis are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Sloughi good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Sloughi dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Sloughis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Sloughis good office dogs? Do Sloughis make good office friendly dogs? Can Sloughis be office dogs?
Sloughi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Sloughi dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Berber Greyhound temperament with senior people? Are Sloughi dogs good for elderly owners?
Sloughis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Sloughi dogs get along with other pets? Are Sloughi dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Sloughis do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Sloughi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Sloughis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Sloughi be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Sloughi is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Sloughi be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Sloughi is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Sloughi be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Sloughi is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Sloughi be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Sloughi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Sloughi be a boat dog?
Not really
Sloughi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Sloughi be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Sloughi is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Sloughi Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Sloughi dogs have health problems?
Sloughis tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Sloughi dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Sloughi be?
12-15 years
Is the Sloughi breed hypoallergenic?
Sloughis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Sloughi have?
Sloughis are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Sloughi dogs require per day?
Sloughis have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Sloughis don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Sloughi need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Sloughi risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Sloughi has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Sloughi's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Sloughi has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Sloughi drool?
The Sloughi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Sloughi could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Sloughi. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Sloughi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Sloughi: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Sloughi have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Sloughi have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Sloughi Pros & Cons

  • Apartment Friendly: Sloughis are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Sloughi requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Sloughi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Sloughis are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Sloughis are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Sloughis are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Health Issues: Sloughis tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Sloughis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Adaptability: Sloughis adapt badly to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Sloughis are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Sloughi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Sloughis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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