The Breed

SLOUGHI - the beduines noble huntingcompanion

The sloughi came to Europe in the beginning of the 20th century from the northern parts of Africa, Tunis, Alger, via the french colonies. Today Marocco is thought of as their home country.It has a graceful exterior but his sound body makes him strong, tough and robust. Yet today he is unspoiled and close to it's originThe Sloughi has maínly been used for hunting gazelles but also small game. Strong males has even been sent after jackals to protect the goatherds.It is a very adaptable familydog. He loves his family and close friends but can be a little bit expectant towards strangers. Most of them are very fond of children and has a great patience with them.

He is proud and intelligent an many defend property and owner if needed.
Breeding and raising puppies can still be done naturally without human help. The youthimpression is of great importance for the caracter of the adult dog. With kindness and patience the best results is achieved.
The Sloughi is very clean and often groom itself like cats. It does not like rain and cold and appreciate a warm and nice quilt for protection. Grooming is simple - use a rubberbrush to remove loose hair - done!
There are only three colours: SAND - from light sand through all different shades to red sand - with our without black mask. BRINDLE - more or less brindle. BLACK MANTLE - sand or brindle with black mantle (the mantle can cover almost the entire body and almost looks like what is referred to as black-and-tan).
The hight at the withers should be between 61-72 cm.
Today most Sloughis live as beautiful pets, demanding exercise. They demand long walks and to be able to run free, if not every day, at least a couple of times a week. One good way to let them get outflow for it's origin is to allow them to train and-/or participate in Lure Coursing or tracking. Some have even tried obidience and agility with good results.

FCI-standard No 188 / 08.01.1998

Utilization: Sighthound

Origin: Morocco

Classification FCI: Group 10 Sighthounds, Section 3 Short-haired Sighthounds

Brief historical summary: The Sloughi has existed for many centuries in North Africa. Nowadays most Sloughis are to be found in Morocco which is responsible for the standard. The Sloughi exist only in a single short-haired variety.

General apperance:
General apperance by demeanor, by delicacy of tissue and by muscular leanness, his general apperance is that of a very racy and elegant dog.

Important proportions: For a male with an ideal size of 27,5 inches (70 cm), the length of the body from point of shoulders to point of buttock should be 26-27 inches (67-68 cm). For a female with an ideal size of 26 inches (65 cm), the length of the body from point of shoulder to point of buttock should be 24-25 inches (62-63 cm).
The ratio between depth of chest and height at withers should be 0,4 (4:10).
The ratio between length of foreface and total length of head should be 0,5 (1:2).

Behaviour / Temperament: Although noble an haughty, he is very attached to his master and defends him in case of need. With an instinct of hunter, capable of sustained effort, he also appreciates the home comforts.

Head: Seen from the side, the head is longish, refined, delicate but rather strong. Seen from above, it has the shape of a very long wedge, the skull being the widest part, tapering to the tip of the nose.

Cranial region:
Skull: Rather broad, seen from aside flat; from one ear to the other the skull measures 4-6 inches (12-14 cm). The skull is distinctly rounded at the back and curving harmoniously on the sides. The superciliary ridges are scarcely projecting, the frontal groove hardly marked and the occipital crest and protuberance barely visible.
Stop: Hardly pronounced.

Facial region:
Nose: Black. Strong enough to avoid being pinched. Nostrils well opened. The nose leather not being held up by a skeletal structure is very slightly inclined.
Muzzle: It has the shape of a, without exaggeration, elongated wedge and is perceptibly as long as the skull. The bridge of the nose is straight from its root.
Lips: Thin and supple, just covering the lower jaw; the corner of the moutn must be as little visible as possible.
Jaws/Teeth: Teeth normal, jaws strong and regular. Scissors bite.
Eyes: Large, dark, well-set in their sockets, sometimes just covered by a slight obliquity of the eyelids. The expression is gentle, a little sad, the look like nostalgic. With a light coat, the eye can be ambercoloured. The eye rims are pigmented.
Ears: Set high slightly above the eye line, drooping, close to the head, not too large, triangular and slightly rounded at the tips.

Neck: Long, well set off from the shoulders and with the topline (crest) slightly arched. The length is perceptibly equal to the length of the head. The skin is fine, tight, without any dewlap; the hair is very smooth.

Topline: Gently and harmoniously curved with prominent haunch bones equal in height or slightly higher than the withers.
Withers: Well projecting.
Back: Short, lean, wide and slightly arched.
Croup: Bony, wide and oblique, but not falling strongly away.
Chest: No too wide; in depth it hardly reaches the level of the elbow. Well developed in length. The ribs are flat.
Underline and Belly: Sternum long and raised, belly and flanks well tucked up. The underline is evenly curved, neither abruptly cut up nor whippety.
Tail: Thin, lean, set-on in line with the croup and carried below the line of the back. It should be, at least, long enought to reach the point of hocks. At rest, the tip is forming an accentuated curve.


Generally: Forelegs vertical and parallel.
Shoulder: Long and oblique.
Upper arm: Strong
Forearm: Bony and muscular
Pastern joint and pastern: Supple and strong

Generally: Viewed from behind, hindlegs vertical and parallel; muscles flat, tendons well chiseled.
Upper thigh: Flat and muscular
Second thigh: Long and well muscled
Hock: Strong, well bent
Rear pastern: Strong, without dewclaws.

Feet: Lean, in the shape of an elongated oval. In many lightly built Sloughis the foot assumed the shape of a harefoot. The two middle toes are distinctly longer that the others. The nails are black or colored.

Walk, trot, gallop. Gait supple, smooth and with long strides, covering plenty of ground.

Very fine, close fitting to the body, without folds or dewlap.

Hair: Very short, dense, fine
Colour: The colour reaches from light sand through all possible different shades to red sand, with or without black mask, brindle, sand with black mantle.

Height at the wither: For male 26-29 inches (66-72 cm), for females 24-27 inches (61-68 cm).

Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportions to its degree.

  • Bad ratio between length of body and height at withers.
  • Head and body slightly too heavy.
  • Stop too much or insufficiently pronounced.
  • Too light coloured eyes.
  • Top line not horizontal.
  • Croup narrow, too or insufficiently oblique.
  • Belly not enough tucked up.
  • Rounded ribs.
  • Chest not long enough, seen from the side cut up or very arched.
  • Tail too short, with too much hair, badly carried.
  • Muscles round and protruding.
  • Hair hard and coarse.
  • Small white mark on the chest.

Eliminating Faults:

  • Body clearly longer than high, haunch bones lower than wither.
  • Depigmented areas on the mucous membranes.
  • Over- or undershot mouth.
  • Ears erect, or raised with tips drooping, too long, folding backwards (rose ear).
  • Hair semi-long.
  • Fringes on legs or tail.
  • White stockings, larger white markings.
  • Colour not in accordance with the standard.

N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.