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Sloughi

 

Sloughi

 

Description

It is speculated that the Sloughi originally came from the Orient or from what is today Ethiopia and is a sighthound. On old fragments of earthenware a short-haired sighthound with lop ears was discovered. They are still used for hunting and also make a very reliable guard dog.

 

Temperament

They are a sensitive natured yet alert and intelligent hound. A Sloughi is faithful and are easy to bring up and train.
 

Appearance

Height:    61-72cm (24-72in)

Weight:   16-30kg  (35-65lbs)

The breed is a short-haired, middle-sized, strong sighthound with drooping ears and bears an expression which is often described as melancholy. The overall impression is of a racy but delicate dog. The coat is smooth and fine. Colours are fawn or sable in all shades, also seen as brindle, white or black with tan points. The nose is black or dark brown.
 

Grooming

Because it is a desert hound, they need protection in cold and wet weather and as it has very short hair with no undercoat it has no "doggy odor" unless it's wet. They are an average shedder and dirt and mud will fall off by itself when the fur dries. Grooming is relatively easy as a rubber brush or grooming glove will remove dead hairs.  It is interesting to note that several people have reported that they are good for people with mild cases of dog allergy. 

 

Life Expectancy

10-15 Years

 

Health Concerns

They tend to enjoy excellent health into old age.  Only a few genetic conditions have been noted in the breed, in particular Progressive Retinal Atrophy and fortunately this condition can be tested for with a small blood sample.

 

Suitability

Indoors they are calm and quiet however these hounds have a longing for exercise also. Aloof with strangers but affectionate towards its owner. They prefer to have a nice comfortable place to sleep and will not be very happy on a hard cold floor or outdoors.

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Hounds: these dogs hunt by sniffing the ground to pick up and then follow a scent, calling and barking all the while.  Dogs of this type include Saluki, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Whippet to mention a few.

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