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Sloughi

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Sloughi

General
OtherNames Arabian Greyhound
Dog Group Kennel Club Hound
Breed Classification The Sloughi is a member of the hound group. They were originally bred as sight, scent and sound dogs and today are used for hunting and as companions.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
The Sloughi is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite.
Other Expenses
The average purchase price of a puppy is £400.
Average Puppy Price
£300-500
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
6
General Physical Description
The Sloughi is a medium sized, short-coated dog.
Height Min Max
Bitch 60cm 70cm
Dog 60cm 70cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 20kg 27kg
Dog 20kg 27kg
Size Category Medium
Weight Height Range The Sloughi should measure between 60-70cms and weigh between 20-27kgs.
Ailments There are no recorded incidents of hereditary problems in the breed.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History This breed is truly a living piece of history, revered by the Bedouin tribesmen, and as highly valued as an Arabian horse. In the days of the great Sheiks, the Sloughi was one of the most prized possessions, and you can imagine what happened if anyone should harm a Sloughi! They are as noble and proud as the Bedouin themselves, who decorate the Sloughi with talismans and amulets. Bedouin women have been known to nurse Sloughi puppies should the need arise. When a Bedouin goes visiting, his Sloughi is treated with the same respect as any honoured guest, and tribesmen will willingly give up their blanket for their Sloughi should they be cold. And when the Sloughi dies, the grief of the Bedouin is apparent and the hound is mourned with much dignity. There is evidence of the Sloughi dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, and indeed a mummified body of a Sloughi has been discovered in a tomb.
Intelligence They are intelligent, like to learn and fairly obedient, training should be consistent and early socialisation is a must.
Show Characteristics The Sloughi should have a flat, fairly broad skull, with a wedge shaped muzzle. The skull and muzzle are roughly equal in length. The jaws should be strong with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be triangular, slightly slanted, large and dark in colour. The ears should be triangular shaped and carried close to the head. The neck should be relatively long, strong and arched. The chest is not too broad and the topline is almost level and short. The front legs should be well muscled; the back legs should be long and well angulated. The feet should be thin, long and oval in shape. The tail should be thin with a curve at the end and is never carried above the topline. The coat should be short, tough and fine. The colours desired are cream, red, sand, fawn, with or without black mask, also brown mantle, and various brindle colourings. They must not be black or white, or parti-coloured. Or have any white on the body, such as saddle markings or collars. White is permissible on extremities or chest. This dog should cover the ground well and quickly with no apparent effort, the movement is free and flowing.
Country Of Origin North Africa
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Characteristics
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Energy High
Overall Exercise > 2 hours
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection Medium
Suitability As Guard Dog Medium
Risk of Sheep Worrying Low
Tendency to Bark Low
Ease of Transportation Medium
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals Low
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament They are devoted to their family, therefore once you have a Sloughi, it is yours for life, they do not change homes easily. They are not a noisy hound, and like most hounds seem to have an affinity with children. They are independent dogs that have an inbuilt desire to hunt and have the stamina to keep going. Cats and other small animals are seen as prey to this dog that hasnít been socialised with them from an early age. Not a breed suited to someone who has little time.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Smooth
Grooming Requirement < Once a week
Trimming
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming They are a clean manageable breed, they do not like to be dirty in any way, and will wash themselves cat fashion if their coats become soiled. These shorthaired coats can be groomed using a rubber-grooming mitt.
Colour They come in various colours, cream, red, sand, fawn, with or without black mask, also brown mantle, and various brindle colourings
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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