The Sloughi, also known as the Arabian Greyhound, is a breed of dog of African origin. It is a medium to large sized, agile and elegant dog, known for its speed and endurance.

General details

Males of the breed measure between 66 and 72 centimeters at the withers, while females have a height of 61 to 68 centimeters. In terms of weight, males usually weigh between 20 and 27 kilograms, while females weigh between 15 and 23 kilograms. The Sloughi belongs to Group 10 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), classified as "sighthounds" or "greyhounds". They usually live an average of 10 to 15 years.

Breed history in brief

The Sloughi, also known as the Arabian Greyhound, has a history dating back thousands of years in the North African and Middle Eastern regions. It is believed to be descended from ancient hunting dogs used by nomadic desert tribes. The oldest records of this breed date back more than 7,000 years ago in Egypt. Over the centuries, the Sloughi has been used as an agile and fast hunting companion, specializing in hunting prey such as hares, gazelles and other animals of the region. Its ability to run at high speeds and its keen eyesight made it a highly valued dog.

Breed characteristics

The Sloughi is a slender-bodied breed, with an elongated wedge-shaped head and triangular, pendulous ears. Its eyes are large and dark, with a sweet and nostalgic expression. The tail is thin and carried below the topline. Its coat is short and smooth, but dense and soft to the touch. It has a double coat that provides protection against the extreme weather conditions of the desert. The Sloughi's characteristic colors vary and can include shades of sand, fawn, brindle, black and red, among others. The Sloughi's temperament is characterized by its nobility, courage and loyalty to its owner. Its hunting instinct and passion for movement make it an energetic and active dog. However, he also enjoys comfort and a home environment.

Common health problems

The Sloughi, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are distichiasis, epiphyseal dysplasia, lymphocytic thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis, lens luxation, myasthenia gravis and von Willebrand's disease.

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