THE STANDARD OF THE SLOUGHI
The New Zealand Kennel Club Standard
copyright the New Zealand Kennel
Elegant yet racy with a frame marked
by its muscular leanness.
Clean, quiet and decorative. Desert
variety of moderate height, slender, light, graceful and elegant. Mountain
counterpart more compact with stronger bone but otherwise identical. Both
types may be bred from same litter.
Affectionate towards owner and
indifferent to strangers.
Head and Skull
Without being heavy, head fairly
strong but with lines not excessively angular. Skull flat, fairly broad,
clearly rounded at rear and curving harmoniously into sides. Eye sockets
barely protruding. Marked frontal bone and pronounced occiput. Muzzle in
shape of wedge, refined without exageration; about equal in length to skull.
Stop barely visible. Nose and lips black or very dark brown.
Large, dark, and set well into
orbit. Triangular, sligthly on slant: expression gentle, a little sad and
wistful. In light coated animals (off white, sable, fawn, Isabella) eyes
usually burnt topaz or dark amber.
Not too large, triangular in shape
but with rounded tips; flat. Usually folding down and carried close to
head, set level with, or slightly above eye but may be carried away from
the skull or sometimes even thrown backwards.
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular
and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth
and set square to the jaws.
Strong yet very elegant in proportion
to body. Moderately long with good arch. Skin slightly loose, making fine
pleats under throat.
Shoulder well laid and clearly
visible. Leg round with flat bone and well muscled.
Chest not broad. In depth reaching
barely to level of elbow. Good tuck up. Topline almost level and rerlatively
short, but slightly longer in bitches. Croup bony and very oblique. Haunches
Loins broad and slightly arched.
Thighs of good length to stifle. Hocks well let down with good angulation.
Thin, of elongated oval shape;
hare foot.Nails strong, black or dark
Fine and well set on, without fringes
or long hair. Strong curve at end which preferably reaches to point of
hock. When moving never carried higher than level of back.
Free and flowing, capable of great
Hair tough and fine.
Sable or fawn in all shades,with
or without a blackmask. Also permissible a coat more or less adrk, white,
brindle black with tan points; brindle pattern on fawn background on head,
feet and sometimes breast. Dark coats with a white patch on chest undesirable.
Parti-colours not permissible. Solid black or white undesirable.
Height at withers: 60-70 cms (23.5-27.5
ins). Ideal height for dogs 68 cm (27 ins); Bitches 65 cm (25.5 ins)
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.
Male animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.