THE STANDARD OF THE SLOUGHI
The Kennel Club Standard 2002
copyright the Kennel Club
Interim April 2002
This is a breed
which emanates from the deserts and mountains of North Africa, having
existed there for many centuries as a typical working sight-hound. Like
many hunters he tends to be a trifle stand-offish with strangers, but is
affectionate to those he knows and trusts.
The name Sloughi
dates back to the Middle Ages and the dog may have as one of his
ancestors a type of wolfhound which existed centuries ago in North
Africa, particularly the Sahara Desert region, and which, in turn,
originated as far away as Saudi Arabia. Though the breed has been on
the European show scene for a number of years, it is only since the
latter part of the twentieth century that the Sloughi has been known in
He has never
gained great popularity in Great Britain but makes a pleasing and
striking pet with a quiet, clean nature. He loves to run and needs
plenty of exercise.
which is easy to keep clean, his tough, fine coat is most frequently
sable or fawn, but he is also seen as brindle, white or even black with
A tall dog, he
has long, thin oval feet, supporting his none too broad or deep chest,
on long, well muscled legs.
Elegant, racy yet strong, without coarseness. A dignified hound with
fine skin marked by its muscular leanness. Capable of sustained effort
over long distances.
Quiet, of dignified bearing. Noble, haughty and extremely expressive
with the instincts of a hunting hound.
Loyal to owner, affectionate with family, aloof with strangers.
Head and Skull
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.
Large, dark, oval, set slightly obliquely. Expression gentle, rather sad
and wistful. In light-coated hounds, lighter eyes permissible.
Not too large, triangular in shape but with rounded tips; flat. Usually
folding down and carried close to head, set level with, or slightly
above eye but may be carried away from the skull or sometimes even
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e.
upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Strong yet very elegant in proportion to body. Moderately long with good
arch. Skin slightly loose, making fine pleats under throat.
Shoulder blades long and set obliquely onto body. Flat bone and well
muscled. Upper arm of moderate length. Pasterns supple and strong.
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 prominent.
Strongly muscled. Fairly flat appearance with moderate angulation,
Second thigh long and well-developed. Hocks well let down.
Lean, elongated hare foot, fairly well arched.
Fine and well set on without fringes or long hair. Strong curve at end
which preferably reaches to point of hock. Set in line with croup as a
continuation of topline. When moving never carried higher than level of
Free, smooth, effortless gait, head carriage not too high. Without
Fine and short. Undercoat may grow during winter.
Colour ranges from light sand to red sand (fawn), with or without black
mask, black mantle, black brindling or black overlay. Excessive white
Height at withers: dogs 66-72 cms (26-28¼ ins), bitches 61-68 cms
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.