Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Arabian Greyhound

(Sloughi)

Sloughi

Sloughi


ORIGIN

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FCI
Morocco.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
08.01.1998.
KC
March 2014

UTILISATION

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FCI
Sighthound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 3Short-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial, racing licence.

KC
Hound
UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Moreau-Sipiere and Prof. R. Triquet, brought up to date by Dr. Paschoud.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
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 exists only in a single short-haired variety.
UKC
The Sloughi is an ancient sighthound breed, developed in North Africa (in the area including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) to hunt game such as desert hare, desert fox, jackal, gazelle, ostrich, wild boar, and hyena. The first Sloughis arrived in Europe at the end of the 19th century and, in 1935, the breed was officially recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Sloughi breeding has expanded greatly in the last 50 years in Europe following interruptions by both World Wars. The first Sloughi was imported to the United States in 1973. Most American Sloughis are descended from Sloughis of French, Dutch and German breeding, which, in turn, descended from Sloughis imported from Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria. A few American Sloughis have been imported directly from North Africa. The Sloughi was recognized by the UKC in 1995.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
By demeanour, by delicacy of tissue and by muscular leanness, his general appearance is that of a very racy and elegant dog.
KC
Elegant, racy yet strong without coarseness, square proportions capable of sustained effort over long distances. A dignified hound with fine skin marked by its muscular leanness.
UKC
The Sloughi is a medium-sized, short-haired, smooth-coated Sighthound which appears feather-light and athletic when moving. The Sloughi’s head is a long wedge-shape, with relatively small drop ears. The body shows defined bony structure and strong, lean muscles. The body has a nearly straight topline from the base of the neck to the loin, where it arches very slightly and blends into a bony, gently sloping croup. The underline of the Sloughi is evenly curved, the brisket is deep but does not reach the elbow. The long sternum curves evenly into the well-tucked-up belly and flank. The tail is long and carried low, with an upward curve at the end. The attitude is noble and somewhat aloof, and the expression of the dark eyes is gentle and melancholy. Males are typically larger than females. In North Africa, the Sloughi was and is treasured for its hunting skills, speed, agility and endurance over long distances. It is a robust, but elegant and racy, pursuit dog with no exaggeration of length of body or limbs, muscle development, nor curve of loin.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

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 shoulders to point of buttock should be 24-25 inches (62-63 cm).
The ratio between length of body (from point of shoulder to point of buttock) and height at withers should be 0,96 (9,6 10).
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)
KC
Quiet, of dignified bearing. Noble, haughty and loyal with the instinct of a hunting hound.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Although noble and 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 conforts.
KC
Reserved, aloof with strangers. Neither nervous nor aggressive. Affectionate with family.
UKC
The Sloughi is an intelligent and very driven hunter which chases on sight what it considers moving prey, but also relies on olfactory and acoustic cues in the chase. In Africa the Sloughi is a working dog, primarily used for hunting. The Sloughi is typically loyal, playful and affectionate with family and cautious and watchful with strangers. The Sloughi does not respond well to harsh training, but benefits from a firm, consistent, fair and praising hand.

HEAD

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FCI
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.
KC
Long, refined, an elongated wedge showing strength but not excessively angular. Skull flat, fairly broad. Clearly rounded at back of skull and curving smoothly into sides. Slightly marked frontal bone and pronounced occiput. Muzzle refined without exaggeration, about equal in length to skull. Slight stop. Nose and lips black, may be slightly lighter in dilute colours.
UKC
In profile the head is long and refined, but deeper and sturdier than in many other Sighthounds. Seen from above, it has the shape of a long wedge, the skull being the widest part, tapering to the tip of the nose.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Rather broad, seen from aside flat; from one ear to the other the skull measures 4-6 inches (12 to 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.
UKC
Seen from the side, the top part of the skull is flat. The skull is rather broad, measuring approximately 4-6 inches between the ears. The skull is distinctly rounded at the back, and curves harmoniously on the sides. The brows are scarcely projecting, the frontal groove is hardly marked, the stop is barely pronounced, and the occipital crest is barely visible.

Stop

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FCI
Hardly pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
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.
UKC
Black and strong, not pinched.

Muzzle

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FCI
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.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The muzzle has the shape of an elongated and moderately refined wedge and is roughly as long as the skull. The bridge of the nose is straight from its root. The nose leather, not being supported by the skeletal structure, bends slightly forward. The lips are thin and supple, just covering the lower jaw. The corner of the mouth is very slightly visible.

Lips

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FCI
Thin and supple, just covering the lower jaw; the corner of the mouth must be as little visible as possible.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Teeth normal, jaws strong and regular. Scissor bite.
UKC
Complete scissor bite. Teeth healthy and strong. Jaws strong and regular. Level bite allowed.

Eyes

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FCI
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 amber-coloured. The eye rims are pigmented.
KC
Large, dark to dark amber, oval, set slightly obliquely. Expression gentle, rather sad and wistful, eye rims pigmented.
UKC
Large, dark, well set in their sockets, oval to almond-shaped. The expression is gentle, slightly sad, and melancholy. The eye color is shades of dark brown to dark amber. The eye rims are pigmented.

Ears

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FCI
Set high slightly above the eye line, drooping, close to the head, not too large, triangular and slightly rounded at the tips.
KC
Flat: not too large, triangular in shape but with rounded tips. Usually folding down and carried close to head, set level with, or slightly above eye but may be carried away from the skull.
UKC
The ears of the Sloughi are set high and droop close to the head when the animal is at rest. The ears are of medium size, triangular in shape, and slightly rounded at the tips.

NECK

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FCI
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.
KC
Strong yet very elegant in proportion to body. Moderately long with good arch. Skin showing fine pleats under throat.
UKC
The neck is long and springs well up from the shoulders. It is slightly arched at the crest. The skin is fine, tight, with no dewlap and the hair is very smooth.

BODY

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KC
Chest not broad. Prominent sternum. Slightly sprung ribs giving fairly flat appearance, reaching almost to point of elbow. Reasonably well ribbed back with definite tuck up. Loin short, broad and muscular, and slightly arched. Topline almost level. Relatively short croup, obliquely set. Pin bones evident.
UKC
A male Sloughi is slightly (only 4%) taller, measured from the top of the withers to the ground, than it is long, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks. The topline is essentially horizontal. The topline of a female is also horizontal, but the body may be slightly longer, proportionally, than that of the male. The withers are apparent. The back is short, almost horizontal. The loin is short, lean, wide and slightly arched. The croup is bony and oblique, with apparent hip bones that are the same height as, or slightly higher than, the withers. The chest is not too wide. In depth, it hardly reaches the level of the elbow. The ribs are flat, close fitting to a long, straight sternum. The underline first starts as a straight line (sternum), then rises up smoothly to a well tucked up belly. The ratio between the depth of chest and the height at the withers is 4:10.

Topline

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FCI
Gently and harmoniously curved with prominent haunch bones equal in height or slightly higher than the withers.

Withers

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FCI
Well projecting.

Back

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FCI
Short, almost horizontal.

Loin

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FCI
Short, lean, wide and slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Bony, wide and oblique, but not falling strongly away.

Chest

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FCI
Not too wide; in depth it hardly reaches the level of the elbow. Well developed in length. The ribs are flat.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Sternum long and raised, belly and flanks well tucked up. The underline is evenly curved, neither abruptly cut up nor whippety.

TAIL

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FCI
Thin, lean, set-on in line with the croup and carried below the line of the back. It should be, at least, long enough to reach the point of hocks. At rest, the tip is forming an accentuated curve.
KC
Lean, elongated oval or hare foot, fairly well arched.
UKC
The tail is long, thin and set in line with the croup, carried low with a typical upward curve at the tip when in the resting position. The tail should be long enough to reach the point of the hocks. Normally, the tail should be carried below the horizontal line of the back. When excited, the upward-curved part of a Sloughi’s tail may rise above that horizontal line.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs vertical and parallel.
KC
Shoulder blades long and set obliquely onto body. Flat bone and well muscled. Upper arm of moderate length. Pasterns supple and strong.
UKC
The shoulder blades are long and oblique, and the upper arms are strong.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long and oblique.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Strong.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are straight, bony and muscular. The pasterns are slightly sloping, supple and strong. The forelegs appear long.

Forearm

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FCI
Bony and muscular.

Pastern

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FCI
Supple and strong.

FEET

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KC
Lean, elongated oval or hare foot, fairly well arched.
UKC
The feet are lean and have the shape of an elongated oval. In many lightly-built Sloughis, the foot is shaped like a hare-foot. The nails are black or just pigmented.

Forefeet

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FCI
Lean, in the shape of an elongated oval. In many lightly built Sloughis the foot assumes the shape of a harefoot. The two middle toes are distinctly longer than the others. The nails are black or coloured.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Viewed from behind, hindlegs vertical and parallel; muscles flat, tendons well chiselled.
KC
Strongly muscled. Fairly flat appearance with moderate angulation, Second thigh long and well-developed. Hocks well let down.
UKC
The thigh is lean, flat and muscular, and, at rest, is close to vertical. The second thigh is long and well muscled. Hocks are strong and well bent. The rear pasterns are strong and have no dewclaws. The hind legs are moderately angulated. The tendons are well chiseled.

Thigh

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FCI
Flat and muscular.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Long and well muscled.

Hock

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FCI
Strong, well bent.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Strong, without dewclaws.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Walk, trot, gallop. Gait supple, smooth and with long strides, covering plenty of ground.
KC
Free, smooth, effortless gait, head carriage not too high. Without exaggerated extension.
UKC
The Sloughi has a feather-light, floating and effortless gait, tail held low, head at a moderate angle to the body. The gait is supple and smooth, and covers plenty of ground with stride lengths that are consistent with the breed’s proper proportions and angulation.

SKIN

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

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Very short, dense, fine.
KC
Fine and short. Undercoat may grow during winter. No feathering.
UKC
The coat of the Sloughi is always smooth. It is short, tight, and fine all over the body. The Sloughi is presented in natural condition, and any tampering with its looks should be strongly discouraged.

COLOUR

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FCI
The colour reaches from light sand through all possible different shades to red sand (fawn), with or without black mask, with or without black mantle, with or without black brindling, with or without black overlay.
KC
Light to red sand with or without black mask; Brindle with or without black mask; Black mantle with sand or brindle points; Small white mark on chest permissible but undesirable.
UKC
The coat colors of the Sloughi are all shades of light sand (cream) to mahogany red fawn, with or without black markings such as brindling, black mask, black ears, dark overlay and black mantle, with no invasive white markings.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers: dogs 66-72cms (26-28¼ ins); bitches 61-68cms (24-27 ins) encompassing finer desert and heavier mountain types.

Height at withers

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FCI
For males 26-29 inches (66-72 cm), for females 24-27 inches (61-68 cm).
UKC
Height at the withers for males is 26-29 inches. For females, it is 24-27 inches. Dietary factors have led to taller Sloughis in Europe and America, and moderately taller Sloughis should not be disqualified.

FAULTS

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FCI

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 proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • 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.
KC
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 proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Characteristics: Sharpness or excessive shyness.
Skull: Skull too heavy and broad, too narrow, brows and stop too visible or insufficiently pronounced.
Muzzle: Muzzle too short, too long, too wide, lips too strong and thick, corner of the mouth drooping.
Nose: Any color other than black.
Teeth: Missing teeth, jaws too narrow.
Eyes: Eyes light amber, too small.
Neck: Neck too short and thick, or too long and thin, dewlap.
Body: Croup too long, not bony enough, too round; top line not horizontal, saddle-back, rounded back, back too long, chest not deep enough, too narrow or too wide, chest reaching below the elbow, round ribs (barrel chest), not enough tuck, abrupt underline.
Hindquarters: Bulging round muscles, not enough or too much angulation, legs not parallel to each other, toes turned in or out.
Feet: Feet flat, toes not tight, toes turned in or out.
Tail: Tail too short, coarse, with too much hair and too thick, badly carried.
Coat: Coat hard and coarse.
Color: Large white patch on the chest. Small to medium white marks on the chest or toes are allowed.
Gait: Hackney gait, gait restricted, uneven and loose, not covering enough ground.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC

Muzzle: Unpigmented areas on lips.
Nose: Unpigmented areas on nose.
Eyes: Unpigmented areas on eyelids.
Ears: Ears too long, tips hanging clearly below the lower jaw.
Body: A dog whose body is clearly longer than high, or whose hip bones are clearly lower than the withers, lacks breed type and should not be considered for champion points. When showing, the hind legs should be left in their natural position so that the horizontal topline remains apparent.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
Body clearly longer than high, haunch bones lower than withers.
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.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Overshot or undershot. Ears erect or with tips drooping forward, or small and folding backwards in a “rose ear”. Coat too long, and feathering on the tail and/or legs. Color not in accordance with the standard. Extensive white markings such as parti-color, white socks and white blaze. Albinism.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot.
Ears: Ears erect or with tips drooping forward, or small and folding backwards in a “rose ear”.
Coat: Coat too long, and feathering on the tail and/or legs.
Color: Color not in accordance with the standard. Extensive white markings such as parti-color, white socks and white blaze.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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