THE STANDARD OF THE SLOUGHI
FCI-Standard No 188/27.04.1998/GB
Group 10: Sighthounds
Section 3: Short-haired
trial, racing licence
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
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)
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. 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 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 dewlap; the hair is very smooth.
Topline: Gently and harmoniously
curved with prominent haunch bones equal in height or slightly higher than
Withers : well projecting.
Back: Short, almost horizontal.
Loin: Short, lean, wide and slightly
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
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 curve.
Generally: Forelegs vertical and
Shoulder: Long and oblique.
Upper arm: Strong.
Forearm: Bony and muscular.
Pastern joint and pastern: supple
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)
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
- Bad ratio between length of body
and height at withers.
- Head and body slightly too heavy.
- Stop too much or insufficiently
- Too light coloured eyes.
- Top line not horizontal.
- Croup narrow, too or insufficiently
- 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
- 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
- Colour not in accordance with
NB: Males animals should have two
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.