FCI-Standard No 188/27.04.1998/GB
Classification FCI: Group 10: Sighthounds
Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial, racing
Brief historical summary: The Sloughi
has existed for many centuries in North Africa. Nowadays most Sloughis
are to be found in Morrocco which is responsible for the standard. The
Sloughi exists only in a single short-haired variety.
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
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.
Skull: rather broad, seen aside flat; from one
ear to the other the skull measures 4-6 inches (12-14 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.
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.
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 above the eye-line, drooping,
close to the head, not too large, triangular and slightly rounded at the
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 dewlap;
the hair is very smooth.
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
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,
bell 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
Generally: Forelegs vertical and parallel.
Shoulder: Long and oblique.
Upper arm: Strong.
Forearm: Bony and muscular.
Pastern joint and pastern: supple and strong.
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, without dewclaws.
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 or dewlap.
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 mantel, with or without black brindling, with
or without black overlay.
Height at the withers: for males 26-29
inches (66-72 cm)
for females 24-27 inches (61-68
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
- 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 arched.
- Tail too short, with too much hair, badly carried.
- Muscles round and protruding.
- Hair hard and coarse.
- Small white mark on chest.
- 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.
NB: Males animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.