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
GENERAL APPEARANCE : By demeanour, by delicacy of tissue
and by muscular leanness, his general appearance is that of
a very racy and elegant dog.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : 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)
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.
HEAD : 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.
CRANIAL REGION : Skull : 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. Stop
: Hardly pronounced.
FACIAL REGION : Nose : 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.
Muzzle : 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. Lips : Thin and supple,
just covering the lower jaw; the corner of the mouth must
be as little visible as possible. Jaws/Teeth : Teeth normal,
jaws strong and regular. Scissor bite. Eyes : 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. Ears : Set
high slightly above the eye line, drooping, close to the head,
not too large, triangular and slightly rounded at the tips.
NECK : 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.
BODY : Topline : Gently and harmoniously curved with prominent
haunch bones equal in height or slightly higher than the withers.
Withers : Well projecting. Back : Short, almost horizontal.
Loin : Short, lean, wide and slightly arched. Croup : Bony,
wide and oblique, but not falling strongly away. Chest : 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. TAIL : 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.
LIMBS : FOREQUARTERS : Generally: Forelegs vertical and parallel.
Shoulder : Long and oblique. Upper arm : Strong. Forearm :
Bony and muscular. Pastern joint and pastern : Supple and
strong. HINDQUARTERS : Generally : Viewed from behind, hindlegs
vertical and parallel; muscles flat, tendons well chiselled.
Upper thigh : Flat and muscular. Second thigh : Long and well
muscled. Hock : Strong, well bent. Rear pastern : Strong,
FEET : 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.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Walk, trot, gallop. Gait supple, smooth
and with long strides, covering plenty of ground.
SKIN : Very fine, close fitting to the body, without folds
COAT : HAIR : Very short, dense, fine. COLOUR : 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
Height at the withers :for males 26-29 inches (66-72 cm),
for females 24-27 inches (61-68 cm).
FAULTS : 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.
· 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
· Tail too short, with too much hair, badly carried.
· Muscles round and protruding.
· Hair hard and coarse.
· Small white mark on the chest.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
· Body clearly longer than high, haunch bones lower than withers.
· Depigmented areas on the mucous membranes.
· Over-or undershot mouth.
· Ears erect, or raised with tips drooping, too long, folding
backwards (rose ear).
· Hair semi-long.
· Fringes on legs or tail.
· White stockings, larger white markings.
· Colour not in accordance with the standard.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum