|Fédération Cynologique Internationale|
|The Kennel Club|
|Section 3||Short-haired Sighthounds|
|Without working trial, racing licence.|
Mrs. Moreau-Sipiere and Prof. R. Triquet, brought up to date by Dr. Paschoud.
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 exists only in a single short-haired variety.
By demeanour, by delicacy of tissue and by muscular leanness, his general appearance is that of a very racy and elegant dog.
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.
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)
Quiet, of dignified bearing. Noble, haughty and loyal with the instinct of a hunting hound.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
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.
Reserved, aloof with strangers. Neither nervous nor aggressive. Affectionate with family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Thin and supple, just covering the lower jaw; the corner of the mouth must be as little visible as possible.
Teeth normal, jaws strong and regular. Scissor bite.
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.
Large, dark to dark amber, oval, set slightly obliquely. Expression gentle, rather sad and wistful, eye rims pigmented.
Set high slightly above the eye line, drooping, close to the head, not too large, triangular and slightly rounded at the tips.
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.
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.
Strong yet very elegant in proportion to body. Moderately long with good arch. Skin showing fine pleats under throat.
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.
Gently and harmoniously curved with prominent haunch bones equal in height or slightly higher than the withers.
Short, almost horizontal.
Short, lean, wide and slightly arched.
Bony, wide and oblique, but not falling strongly away.
Not 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.
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.
Lean, elongated oval or hare foot, fairly well arched.
Forelegs vertical and parallel.
Shoulder blades long and set obliquely onto body. Flat bone and well muscled. Upper arm of moderate length. Pasterns supple and strong.
Long and oblique.
Bony and muscular.
Supple and strong.
Lean, elongated oval or hare foot, fairly well arched.
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.
Viewed from behind, hindlegs vertical and parallel; muscles flat, tendons well chiselled.
Strongly muscled. Fairly flat appearance with moderate angulation, Second thigh long and well-developed. Hocks well let down.
Flat and muscular.
Long and well muscled.
Strong, well bent.
Strong, without dewclaws.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Walk, trot, gallop. Gait supple, smooth and with long strides, covering plenty of ground.
Free, smooth, effortless gait, head carriage not too high. Without exaggerated extension.
Very fine, close fitting to the body, without folds or dewlap.
Very short, dense, fine.
Fine and short. Undercoat may grow during winter. No feathering.
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.
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.
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:
For males 26-29 inches (66-72 cm), for females 24-27 inches (61-68 cm).
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.
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.
- Aggressive or overly shy.
Depigmented areas on the mucous membranes.
Over-or undershot mouth.
Ears erect, or raised with tips drooping, too long, folding backwards (rose ear).
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.