The Ear Set of
by Dr. Dominique de
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Since 1852, at a
the North African Sloughi became more well known to the Western World,
the various standards which followed the previous descriptions have
modified. The ear set of the Sloughi is what has seen the most changes
in the breed standard.
The ears of the
are required to be larger than the Greyhound's and carried folded back
- they are sometimes also half erect. The most famous sculpture of the
breed, entitled "Tom, Algerian Sighthound", by the 19th century
Antoine Louis Barye, shows a Sloughi with such an ear set.
Sloughi "Debba" of the Chasseur Francais journal's kennel.
set of the Sloughi, left, and the Persian Sighthound, right, by Swiss
(first published in
book Windhunde) in “Les Races de Chiens” (“The Breeds of
Dogs”) by Count Henri de Bylandt, Belgium.
earset of the Sloughi, left, compared to that of the Greyhound, right,
by Dutch artist Auguste Le Gras,
printed in De
Sport journal. © de Caprona 2007
Prior to 1973, the
being the French Sighthound, the Sloughi standard is in the hands of
French. It is in the 1937 standard that the description of the ear set
of the Sloughi is changed dramatically from an ear larger than that of
the Greyhound and folded back, to that of a lop-ear. At the time the
- the Netherlands was then also an important country for the breed -
One wonders what led
this change, as it coincides in time with the discovery by the French
of the lop-eared smooth Salukis in the Middle East. The "Sloughis" of
of the persons apparently involved in modifying the standard, Mrs
were criticized at shows as having "Persian blood" by a well known
cynologist and judge P.Mégnin.......(for details please consult “The
Be it as it may,
is now required to have lop-ears.
have folded ears, for example when they trot or when they are nervous.
As in the past, many Sloughis in North Africa still have folded ears.
an ear set does not imply, as is often mistakengly stated, a
to Galgo espanol. Folded ears are simply part of the Sloughi's genetic
make-up, even if lop-ears have been imposed on the breed by the
since 1937. The hunters in North Africa do not always care about the
a Sloughi carries its ears, the hunting talent of the dog being more
and in some countries the ears are cropped.
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