Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 22-32, Female: 20-30
Height: Male: 26-29, Female: 24-27
Origin of Name: The Sloughi is a North African breed of dog, specifically a member of the sighthound family.
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Like many breeds developed in antiquity around the Mediterranean basin, the wide origins of sloughi are, in the inevitable words of dog historians - "lost in the haze of history." We know that the Sloughie-type hounds were the favorite hunting companions of the Egyptian nobles, barbaric kings, and nomadic chieftains, who kept packs of strict but beautiful Hunting Dogs that could play across vast expanses of the desert. Three smallpox breeds originated from this hot, arid region: Sloughie was originally bred by Berbers and Bedouins in North Africa, Azawakh by Toureg (a Berber tribe) in Central Africa, and Saluki by Bedouins in the Middle East. . It is theorized that the barbarous horsemen who accompanied Hannibal during their famous crossing of the Alps may have introduced Sloughi to Europe.