Other names: Arabian Greyhound, Berber Greyhound

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The Sloughi is a hunting dog of medium size, particularly distinguished and full of elegance, in all aspects: gait, musculature and fine bone, carriage. This dog is undeniably built for speed and endurance. The gaits of the Sloughi are characterized by supple, light and ample movements, whether it is the step, the trot or the gallop.



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Hair type Short
Origin Morocco
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 19 kg to 22 kg From 64 cm to 69 cm
Male From 20 kg to 25 kg From 66 cm to 72 cm
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History of the breed

the   Sloughi had been bred for hundreds of years in North Africa , notably by Bedouins and nomadic tribes who exploited his hunting skills . Today, even if some representatives of the breed can be found in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, it is especially in Morocco that the Sloughi endures. It is moreover the country of the Atlas which holds the standard.

The Sloughi breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on November 8, 1934. Its official FCI standard in force was published on January 8, 1998.

Sloughi Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: very short (short), tight and extremely fine.
Its color: all shades ranging from light sand to red sand, with or without mask, coat and black brindles.
His head: elongated, elegantly and finely constructed, wedge-shaped. The skull is rather broad and flat. The orbital arches are not very prominent, the frontal furrow very slightly marked, the occipital crest and protuberance not very visible and the stop barely marked. The nose is black, the nostrils well open, the muzzle in the shape of an elongated wedge and as long as the skull, the lips thin and flexible, the jaws strong, regular and articulated in scissors.
Its ears: set above the line of the eyes, drooping, of moderate size, triangular and with slightly rounded ends.
His eyes: dark in color, rather large, displaying a look full of sweetness, even melancholy.
His body: dry, fine and harmonious in shape. The neck is long, arched in its upper part. The topline harmoniously curved, the withers well extended, the back short and almost straight, the lean lean, broad and slightly arched, the croup wide and with prominent bones, the chest moderately broad and descending to the level of the elbows, the ribs flat, the sternum long and raised, the belly raised and the line below describing a regular curve.
Its tail: thin, in line with the croup, carried above the line of the back and well curved when the dog is at rest.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Sloughi is a sight and companion hound . Towards his master, he shows an unfailing attachment and is even capable of opposing any threat to which the latter may be exposed. Guarding and defense are skills that are rarely found in the Greyhound family and that the Sloughi can showcase from time to time. For the rest, this dog displays an overall balanced temperament . He likes interior comfort and systematically seeks proximity to his master.

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Because he is endowed with a natural ability to cover a lot of ground, the Sloughi must learn the recall as early as possible in order to prevent possible runaways and straying. Very sensitive dog, he should not be brutalized under any circumstances. His education requires a small dose of firmness associated with a lot of gentleness , encouragement and rewards.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Sloughi needs a living environment that provides him with space and freedom of movement . He is therefore happier in a house with a large fenced garden than in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Sloughi is a robust, enduring and resistant dog . He does not encounter any particular health problem as long as he is well cared for and fed. Note that he fears the cold and is sensitive to anesthesia and drugs. It is therefore advisable to discuss it with the veterinarian.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sensitivity to anesthesia
Gastric torsion
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Sloughi is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Sloughi is a very low maintenance dog . His short coat requires only basic care, but his diet must be complete and balanced, especially if he is called to run often.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week and to regularly inspect its skin, the condition of its pads and the inside of its ears. The objective is to detect and treat any debris, external parasites and lesions. It does not need to be bathed regularly. 2 or 3 baths per year are sufficient.

His teeth need to be brushed to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Sloughi is between 900 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Sloughi is between 450 € and 650 €.

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The Sloughi need a balanced diet adapted to their needs , activity level, size and age. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day . As he may be prone to stomach twists , it should be ensured that he eats calmly and no strenuous physical activity one hour before and after a meal.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Sloughi is a naturally athletic dog who therefore needs long and frequent outings on a daily basis . His master must be willing to walk him for several hours a day so that he can express his remarkable energy and explosiveness.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1934


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