Earlier this month, I discussed how the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi became recognized breeds in the AKC. I gave a lot of information about the American Hairless Terrier, but delayed discussing the Sloughi until now. I will discuss a brief history of the Sloughi, some of its temperament qualities, and some health concerns below.
Sloughi, Newest Member of the Hound Group
The AKC added the Sloughi to the Hound group on January 5, 2016. This brings the total number of breeds recognized by the AKC to 189, and the number of breeds in the Hound group to 30.
It is a sighthound, meaning it will track it’s prey using it’s eyes rather than smell.
This ancient breed is valued in most of North Africa for it’s speed and endurance, which contribute greatly to it’s hunting skills.
You may have heard of the Sloughi by one of it’s many other names, including:
- Arabian Greyhound
- Arabian Sighthound
- Sloughi Moghrebi
- Levrier Marocain
- Arabischer Windhund
This breed originated in the north Saharan region of the Maghreb. This explains one of the other names. Sloughi Moghrebi translates to “sighthound of the Maghreb”.
At one time, only chiefs or kings were allowed to own this dog breed. Great care was taken to maintain the breed pure.
Today, it is found mostly in Morocco, and is still used for the hunting it was bred to.
The female weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. The male adds about 10 pounds over the female. In height, the female is between 24 and 27 inches, and the male stands about 2 inches taller.
Described as sensitive, yet alert, this breed holds their families dear, and do not like to be separated from them.
They are fairly easy to train, but use only positive training methods, as negative training will not work with them.
While somewhat aloof with strangers, they will greet people they know eagerly.
Remember that this breed is first of all bred for hunting. Their prey instinct can overcome them if there are smaller animals darting about.
Potential Health Issues
This is an ancient breed, and it has maintained it’s purity. This results in an amazingly healthy breed of dog!
They have an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
The only genetic illness found in these dogs is Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and even that is becoming rarer. A simple test will reveal the trait, and, if exhibited, breeding of that dog is discouraged.
I am working on a much more detailed description of the Sloughi, and will include it soon on the DogNation.net Dog Breed section. Until then, I hope you got some good information from this article!