Life expectancy
12 - 14

The Arabian Greyhound or Sloughi is an elegant and very old breed of greyhound.

The origin of the Sloughi

The Berber tribes of the Maghreb region bred the Sloughi dog breed for hunting. To this day, these dogs live very closely with their proud owners. Originally they sat in front of their masters on horseback for the hunt. If they had spotted the game (gazelles and hares), they jumped out of the saddle and hunted it.

Animals very similar to today's type have already been found on inscriptions and grave paintings from ancient Egypt. The oldest documented traces of this dog date back to 1500 BC.

To this day, the Arabian Greyhound is a national symbol, proudly held in honor. Although it is also found in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, Morocco is exclusively responsible for the breed standard. Occasionally, this dog is also referred to as "Saluki", which is simply a regional variation of the original Arabic spelling.

Besides the shepherd dog Aïdi, it is the only officially recognized dog breed from Morocco. The FCI lists it under Standard No. 188, Group 10: Greyhounds and Section 3: Shorthaired Greyhounds.

  • originally elegant hunting dog
  • has racing license
  • sporty and sensitive family dog
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Alternate Name Arabian greyhound
Origin Morocco
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group Short-haired Sighthounds
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

The typical character traits of the Sloughi

Like all sighthounds, the Sloughi is extremely intelligent, sensitive and cuddly. It belongs in equally gentle hands with a lot of dog sense and a strong sense for sports.

It must be able to run regularly in order to stay physically fit and healthy. There are hobby dog races for this even here in German-speaking countries. If it is well trained, it can of course also pursue its urge to move in the open field. Afterwards the dog is the dearest family dog and wants to be close to its humans.

Please only acquire such a dog if you really have a lot of time and desire to spend with it. It is usually very obedient, but does not tolerate a harsh command tone. You must lead this dog with sensitivity and intelligence.

  • fine, sensitive and affectionate
  • must be able to run regularly
  • for tender minds with dog intelligence
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Breed-typical diseases of the Sloughi

The hereditary Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) can cause a detachment of the retina of the eye.

Breeding, acquisition and keeping

The Sloughi breeding is something special. These dogs are rarely offered. The few breeders only give Sloughi puppies to select owners. If you are interested in a Sloughi, you should inquire at the German Sloughi Club or at the Austrian Shubah al warda kennel.

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The Sloughi is a typical greyhound. Very large, elegant and delicate. It is one of the fastest dogs in the world and is licensed for professional dog racing. Due to its closeness to humans, it is also suitable as a family dog for sensitive and sporty people.

Appearance and coat

The Sloughi is very long-legged and gracefully built. It shows beautiful coat markings in uni or bicolor. The coat is extremely thin and sensitive. In our latitudes it can freeze easily in winter, if it has to stay on the leash or stands around.

The body is dry and finely marked. The tail is long and thin. It often carries it slightly tucked under his belly. The Arabian Greyhound may have a remarkably long neck. The head is delicate, but always well proportioned and in keeping with the rest of the conformation.

  • very long legged and fine greyhound
  • in beautiful coat markings
  • coat is very thin, can freeze

Height, weight and life expectancy

  • shoulder height males and females 61 to 72 cm
  • weight males and females 18 to 28 kg
  • Life expectancy between 12 and 14 years
Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Triangle
Tail lang
Anatomy slim, sporty
Size ♀ 61 - 68 cm
Weight ♀ 18 - 28 kg
Size ♂ 66 - 72 cm
Weight ♂ 18 - 28 kg
Suitable For -


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  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.

Sources and relevant links


Accessed on 07.04.2023


Accessed on 07.04.2023

Deutscher Sloughi Club 1980 e.V.

Accessed on 07.04.2023

Hans Räber (2014). Enzyklopädie der Rassehunde, Band 2. Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-Gmbh & Company KG.

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