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Sloughi Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Sloughi so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginMorocco flagMorocco
Other Names
What other names does the Sloughi have?
Sloughi MoghrebiBerber Greyhound
Breed Type
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Sloughi Size and Weight

Is a Sloughi small, medium or large dog?

How big do Sloughi get?

What is the average size of a Sloughi?

How much does the Sloughi weigh? How much should a Sloughi weight? What is the normal weight of a Sloughi? How much does a full-grown Sloughi weight?
Male: 55-65 pounds (25-30 kg), Female: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Sloughi?
Male: 60 pounds (27.5 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg)
How tall is the Sloughi? Sloughi height:
Male: 26.4-28.3 inches (66-72 cm), Female: 24-26.7 inches (61-68 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Sloughi?
Male: 26.4-28.3 inches (69 cm), Female: 24-26.7 inches (64.5 cm)

Sloughi Price and Availability

How much does the Sloughi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Sloughi in the United States? How much money is a Sloughi?

Where to buy a Sloughi with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Sloughi, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Sloughi for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Sloughi gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Sloughi? How many Sloughi are there in the world?
Frequent: The Sloughi is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Sloughi Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Sloughi? Is the Sloughi breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Sloughi ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Sloughi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Sloughi?
Sloughi dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Sloughi good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Sloughi dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Sloughi dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Sloughi dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Sloughi dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Sloughi can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Sloughi will take care of unwanted people or animals.

Sloughi Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Sloughi have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Sloughi sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Sloughi dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Sloughi a good family dog?
Average: Sloughi dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Sloughi Moghrebi need? Sloughi social needs:
Sloughi dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Sloughi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Sloughi roam?
Sloughi dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Sloughi have high prey drive?
Sloughi dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Sloughi dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Sloughi Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Sloughis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Sloughi dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Sloughi Moghrebi bark?
Low to Average: The Sloughi rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Sloughi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Sloughi in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Sloughi breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.

Sloughi Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Sloughi dogs adapt badly to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't tolerate moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Sloughi be left alone? How long can you leave a Sloughi alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Sloughi Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Sloughi has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Sloughi? How much bite force does a Sloughi have? How strong is a Sloughi bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Sloughi bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Sloughi measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Sloughi is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Sloughi bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Sloughi bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Sloughi puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Sloughi, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Sloughi bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Sloughi can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Sloughi bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Sloughi Moghrebi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Sloughi? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Sloughi has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Sloughi do?
Sloughi dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Sloughi dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Sloughi Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Sloughi dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Sloughis tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Sloughi breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Sloughi see the vet?
The Sloughi should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Sloughi dogs live? How old can a Sloughi be? What is the age limit of the Sloughi? How many years can the oldest Sloughi live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Sloughi?

How long is the lifespan of a Sloughi?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Sloughi: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.

Sloughi Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Sloughi have? What is the activity level of the Sloughi?
Sloughi dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Sloughi need? How much exercise do Sloughi dogs require per day?

Do Sloughi dogs need a lot of exercises?

Sloughi dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Sloughi breed need?
Sloughi dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.

Sloughi Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Sloughi need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Sloughi breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Sloughi? How much food should I feed my Sloughi?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Sloughi risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Sloughi has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Sloughi weight regularly.

Sloughi Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Sloughi have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Sloughi coats?
Black Cream Fawn Brindle Spotted
How to groom the Sloughi and how often? How often should I take my Sloughi to the groomer?
Effortless: The Sloughi requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Sloughi is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Sloughi dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Sloughi Moghrebi? Do Sloughi dogs shed a lot?
Sloughi dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Sloughi need a bath? How often should you give a Sloughi a bath? Can I bathe my Sloughi every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Sloughi breed hypoallergenic?
Sloughi dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Sloughi has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Sloughi drool?
The Sloughi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Sloughi could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Sloughi.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Sloughi Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Sloughi dogs get along with other pets? Are Sloughi dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Sloughi dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Sloughi temperament with other people:
Sloughi dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Sloughi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Sloughi temperament with children:
Sloughi dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Sloughi dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Sloughi breed live with a cat?
Sloughi dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Sloughi good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Sloughi dogs get along with other dogs?
Sloughi dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Sloughi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Sloughi breed suitable for first-time owners?
Sloughi dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Sloughi dogs good office canines? Do Sloughi dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Sloughi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Sloughi dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Sloughi Moghrebi temperament with senior people? Are Sloughi dogs good for elderly owners?
Sloughis are usually recommended for elderly people.

Sloughi As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Sloughi be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Sloughi is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Sloughi be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Sloughi be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Sloughi is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Sloughi be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Sloughi is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Sloughi be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Sloughi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Sloughi be a boat dog?

Not really

Sloughi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Sloughi be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Sloughi is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Sloughi dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Sloughi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Sloughi pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Sloughi breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Sloughi: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Sloughi have in a litter? How many puppies can the Sloughi breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Sloughi have? How many puppies can a Sloughi give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Sloughi Recognition

AKC Group
Is Sloughi recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Sloughi recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section.

Sloughi Pros and Cons

  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Sloughi breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Sloughi requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Sloughi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Sloughi has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Sloughi dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Sloughi dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Sloughis are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Health Issues: Sloughis tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Sloughi dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Adaptability: Sloughi dogs adapt badly to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Sloughi dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Sloughi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Sloughi dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Sloughi History

The Sloughi is one of the oldest domestic hound breeds. It finds its origin in North Africa going back several hundred years, at least to the 12-13th century. Like many breeds that were created in antiquity around the Mediterranean basin, the breed’s detailed ancestry is sort of lost in the mists of history. However, it is thought, that three sighthound breeds originated from this dry and hot region, including the Sloughi. It is also theorized, that Berber cavalrymen who accompanied Hannibal during his well-known crossing of the Alps, might have introduced the Sloughi to Europe.

Experts also presume that Sloughi-type of hounds were favored hunting companions of the Egyptian nobility, of nomadic chieftains, Berber kings, who kept packs of tough, strong, yet graceful hounds that possessed the ability of course game across vast expanses in the desert. The dogs were frequently used to hunt mostly deer, rabbits, gazelle, even wild pig, and any other dessert mammal that came along, helping to feed both the tribes and themselves. During that time period, the breed was also known as the Arabian Greyhound. Although the Sloughi has always been often compared with the Saluki, and sometimes even been mistaken for a Saluki, whereas the two breeds are very different.

Both the First and the Second World War had devastating effects on the breed. The tragic events disrupted the breeding programs across all of Europe. During the French occupation, hunting with sighthounds became illegal, moreover, any dogs who were seen on the sight of hunting was shot down right away in the regions and territories occupied by the French.

The first Sloughi was introduced in 1973 to the United States of America directly from Libya, and the first litter born in the United States was whelped in 1981. Almost all of the Sloughis found nowadays in Europe and in the United States are from dogs imported directly from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, or Libya. The (ASLA) American Sloughi Association was founded a few years later, in 1989. Interestingly, in 1997, the Sloughi was the first breed that got recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) as a Foundation Stock Service breed and gained the ability to compete in obedience, agility, tracking, and lures coursing events. Even though Sloughis are categorized as sighthounds that are known to chase their prey on sight, the breed is an also excellent tracker, who can flush out the game by scent before the final chase begins. Then, in 2016, the breed got accepted into the hound group within the AKC.

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