Have you never heard of a Sloughi dog before? Well, that’s alright, you’re not alone there, because they’re not all that well known. They’re pretty hard to find! This is why we wanted to take a moment and discuss this unique breed so that if you ever get a chance to own one, you’ll know for sure it it’s a good idea or not.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
About the Sloughis Dog Breed
Like every dog, these guys have good and bad traits, which you should consider before getting one.
Here’s what we like:
They’re a rare breed which gives them automatic excellent points. This North African dog is one that not many other folks will have. When you’re taking him for a walk, people will likely stop and ask you about his breed, probably thinking he’s an Arabian Greyhound. And when you say, “Nope, he’s a Sloughi, ” many people will hear that breed name for the first time. Pretty cool.
This dog also has excellent hunting skills. So, if you adopt one of these guys, it’s not like you’ll own a “lapdog” that will want to sit on the couch all day. And because of this natural hunting ability and instinct, we should warn you that when it comes to trainability, they’re only about average because these guys tend to have a mind of their own. And… in situations where they might see a small furry little critter off in the distance, forget about it! They will most likely go chasing, that is, if you don’t have them on a leach!
This is why…
Like with most dogs, if you decide to adopt a Sloughi, you’ll want to start training him as soon as possible to prevent the development of any “bad” habits and establish his role in the “family pack.”
Other Things to Consider
People (like us) who love the Sloughi dog breed will tell you they are gentle, kind, and dignified dogs. But some people might not “get” their personality. To some people, they come across as disinterested, disengaged. We think cat people will tend to “get” the Sloughi personality. Just like with cats, you know they love you even if they don’t follow you around, treating you like the most essential thing in their life. These are important things to consider before you bring a Sloughi into your family.
Sloughi Dog Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: North Africa (specifically Ethiopia or perhaps Algeria)
Original Purpose: Hunting Dog
Height: 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall (at the shoulder)
Weight: 35 to 60 pounds
Dog Breed Classification: Not yet “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
Lifespan: 10 1017 years
Origin of the Sloughi Dog Breed
Though the Sloughi resembles the Saluki and the Afghan Hound, it’s unrelated. This hound has a unique DNA makeup from thousands of years. As we mentioned earlier, he’s probably from Ethiopia or Algeria.
Also suggest Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya as his original home, but like many “ancient” breeds, there is still some “debate” about the truth. It is known that the Sloughi breed eventually made its way to Western Europe in the late 1800s, but the Sloughi breed didn’t become a “thing” until the 1960s. At that time, they also became known in the United States and, as you’re probably already aware, have yet to become a “super popular” breed.
The Federation Cynologique Internationale: 1935
The American Kennel Club: Not Yet Recognized. It’s important to note that despite not being recognized by the AKC, Sloughis can still compete in the Miscellaneous Class.
As mentioned, they look like greyhounds to the untrained eye. They are slender sighthounds, but they are strong, and it shows. Their color patterns vary; some are pale underneath a black mask. In rare cases, the dog may be dark underneath and sandy on top. They may also have a sand brindle pattern.
Personality and Temperament
As mentioned initially, these dogs are loyal to their “person” or “people” but are not very warm to strangers or new people. They take time to adjust to new places and people. This can be hard if you are a traveler and must put him in a kennel or have a dog sitter. These dogs are gentle, so you won’t see them getting aggressive unless something terrible has happened (you, his owner, are in danger or someone is threatening the dog). As runners, they will need some exercise. But don’t worry; this doesn’t mean they’ll be wound up and wild all day. These dogs do chill out a lot too.
Potential Health Concerns
These dogs should generally be healthy, supposing the breeders have done their job. Like with any dog, you should always get the whole family history and know if there is anything significant to look out for. This dog is deep-chested, so that it could have stomach or bloating issues. In a worst-case scenario, this could require surgery to correct (Cost of Surgery for Bloat: $3000-6000).
Other things to look out for…
Will be eye diseases like progressive retinal atrophy. The risk of this will depend on the breeder. Most will ensure not to breed Sloughis at risk of this, but sometimes mistakes happen (or breeders are just careless). There is no way to treat this; your dog will eventually go blind. PRA is something that you should ask any breeder about before adoption.
Other than these two things, Sloughis are probably going to be healthy. They have better genes than most dogs, including other sighthound breeds.
Still…what if something happens?
Of course, there is no way to guarantee that your dog won’t have health problems down the road. Just like humans, dogs can have several diseases or sicknesses. Some will be due to catching something contagious, and others will be because of a genetic issue. Some issues that rarely happen to Sloughis – but do happen – include heart murmurs, hypothyroidism, and medication intolerance (if this happens, your dog may need further treatment).
This is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.
Now will a pet insurance policy be suitable for everyone?
No, probably not. But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?
For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.