Breeds 101



It is thought that Sloughis originally came from what is today Ethiopia. It is very old breed; A DNA study indicated that the Sloughi is a genetically unique population of Sight Hounds and the genetic sequences it shares with the Basenji, Sica and Nguni indicate that this breed is, on the maternal side, embedded in Africa, possibly for thousands of years.

The Sloughi probably accompanied the nomadic Arab tribes that invaded northwest Africa over 1.000 years ago. It may come from the Yemeni town of Saloug.

The Sloughi is a North African breed of dog, a member of the Sight Hounds. It is found mainly in Morocco, and may be found in smaller numbers elsewhere in North Africa.

The Sloughi was treated as a member of the family in its native lands, and was mourned for when it died.

This breed has a smooth, close coat; its range of sand and fawn colors provided an ideal camouflage for hunting desert animals such as gazelles, hares and Fennec Foxes.

Because of its nervous temperament, it is not ideal in a home with children. The Sloughi may behave aggressively with strangers.


Medium; Males: 26 to 28 inches; 55 to 65 pounds; Females: 24 to 26 inches; 35 to 50 pounds.


All shades of light to red sand with or without black mask, black ears, brindle, black overlay and black mantle. The most common color is sand with a black mask.


The Sloughis are affectionate, gentle and very close to their owners; they are intelligent and independent, and curious of their surroundings; they may be aggressive with strangers; sloughis get along well with children and other animals if they are raised with them; it does not respond well to harsh training methods and does best with an owner who is also sensitive and intelligent. The Sloughi responds best to training that is based on positive reinforcement.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Affectionate, sensitive and intelligent owner in suburban home.


Sloughis need to go on daily walks or runs; they will truly be happy when they are allowed to run off leash; they should never be let loose in unsafe areas; regularly grooming.

Life expectancy:

10 to 15 years.