THE STANDARD OF THE SLOUGHI
The Kennel Club Standard 2002
copyright the Kennel Club
Interim April 2002
Elegant, racy yet strong, without
coarseness. A dignified hound with fine skin marked by its muscular leanness.
Capable of sustained effort over long distances.
Quiet, of dignified bearing. Noble,
haughty and extremely expressive with the instincts of a hunting hound.
Loyal to owner, affectionate with
family, aloof with strangers.
Head and Skull
Long, refined, an elongated wedge
showing strength but not excessively angular. Skull flat, fairly broad.
Clearly rounded at back of skull and curving smoothly into sides. Slightly
marked frontal bone and pronounced occiput. Muzzle refined without exaggeration,
about equal in length to skull. Slight stop. Nose and lips black.
Large, dark, oval, set slightly
obliquely. Expression gentle, rather sad and wistful. In light-coated hounds,
lighter eyes permissible.
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 blades long and set obliquely
onto body. Flat bone and well muscled. Upper arm of moderate length. Pasterns
supple and strong.
Chest not broad. Prominent sternum.
Slightly sprung ribs giving fairly flat appearance, reaching almost to
point of elbow. Reasonably well ribbed back with definite tuck up. Loin
short, broad and muscular, and slightly arched. Topline almost level. Relatively
short croup, obliquely set. Pin bones prominent.
Strongly muscled. Fairly flat appearance
with moderate angulation, Second thigh long and well-developed. Hocks well
Lean, elongated hare foot, fairly
Fine and well set on without fringes
or long hair. Strong curve at end which preferably reaches to point of
hock. Set in line with croup as a continuation of topline. When moving
never carried higher than level of back.
Free, smooth, effortless gait,
head carriage not too high. Without exaggerated extension.
Fine and short. Undercoat may grow
Colour ranges from light sand to
red sand (fawn), with or without black mask, black mantle, black brindling
or black overlay. Excessive white undesirable.
Height at withers: dogs 66-72 cms
(26-28¼ ins), bitches 61-68 cms (24-26¾ 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 and
its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Male animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.