The Sloughi (right, Falconcrag Baroukh) 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 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.
Click here to read the Sloughi Kennel Club Breed Standard.
Sloughi Breed Clubs
SLOUGHI CLUB Mrs Gilpin 01787 238064
Sloughi Rescue and Rehoming
Contact a Breed Club. They should all be able to give you information about hounds requiring homes and procedures for re-homing; if you are in the unfortunate position of having to re-home your own Sloughi, please go through breed rescue. They will not be judgmental and are best able to find the right permanent home for him.
If you are looking for a puppy contact the Breed Clubs and the Breeders listed and visit the puppyfinder website where there is a great deal of information on hereditary conditions. If you are a Breeder and wish to advertise your puppies puppyfinder is an excellent showcase.