May 20 2010
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Mr. Mangelsdorf, you are in Algeria at the moment, a country difficult
to go to. As you know, the Algerian Sloughi has been the best described
and the most well known since the 19th century in Europe, particularly
thanks to the description the General Daumas gave of it in 1852. I
then like to take advantage of your stay in that country to ask you to
tell us what you have been able to see of this ancient breed 158 years
Which are the
have travelled to and seen Sloughis?
From 1977 to 1980, I
in Tlemcen and travelled to Taghit (Colomb Béchar); I had seen
Sloughis except a few populations with the nomads at Sebdou,
of Tlemcen. From these nomads I had received as a gift my first
Anthar, whom I had brought back with me to Germany, where he has lived
for 12 years:
From 1980 to
a stay in Souk Ahras, with trips towards Gardaia; few Sloughis.
A few populations in
region of Biskra.
From 2005-2008, a
El Kala. Because of the country’s insecurity at the time, no trip was
and I have not seen Sloughis in that region.
Since January 2010,
stayed in Tiaret and I went several times to the region of Tlemcen,
I found the presence of numerous Sloughis North of Tlemcen (in
Bensekrane and Sidi Abdelli)
According to what
of Bensekrane say, there is also a population of these dogs in Tiaret
I am planning to visit soon.
Hunting grounds in
on the hill.
How were you able to establish a contact with the owners of Sloughis?
In Algeria, it is difficult for Westerners to have access to the
and their owners. One needs to be very tactful, establish a
based on a deep trust and above all, one needs to respect their
and the way they treat their dogs.
About how many Sloughis have you seen there?
the region of Bensekrane alone, there are more than 100 Sloughis.
de Caprona: To
whom do the Sloughis belong in that region?
The Sloughis has belonged to the inhabitants, without discrimination,
generations;it is tradition.
The best Sloughis
de Caprona: Which
is the main function of the Sloughi in that region?
and guarding sheep herds against night attacks by jackals; the
possess a Sloughi also "for the honor”, and a bit for the social
For hunting they use
Sloughi. The tallest Sloughis are used to guard sheep herds.
a sheep herd, Bensekrane © Mangelsdorf 2010
How do Sloughis live in Algeria, free, tethered, confined?
In partial liberty, usually in makeshift set-ups with the possibility
Sloughis playing in
company of a Pointer type dog. Bensekrane © Mangelsdorf 2010
de Caprona: Which
are the coat colors that you could see? Do the Algerians prefer
colors over others or not?
All the colors from black to white through red fawn. The Algerians have
no preferences for colors. Above all, they do not know the importance
our standard; for them, the only selection criteria are the speed and
Which is the most important characteristic of the Sloughi for the
The temperament, the
talent, the fact that he is a good guard dog..etc…?
speed and courage when facing game, especially the jackal and the wild
Sloughia of great
for her courage during hgunting © Mangelsdorf 2010
de Caprona: Could
you describe for us a little the temperament of the Sloughis you have
Which was the typical demeanor?
Sloughis are very reserved, they have no interest whatsoever in
They are calm, attentive, they listen only to their "master." Commands
are given with whistles or little sounds made with the fingers or the
I have not seen fights among them, they accept other animals except
I have not noticed any rank order. They are not aggressive, they are
and seem nice. All in all, the perfect dogs.
How are the Algerian Sloughis fed? In the Western World, there are many
discussions about how to best feed a Sloughi, and I personally think
oftentimes they are given a food which is too rich.
What do you think?
The Sloughis are fed with leftovers of meals (without strong spices).
Bensekrane there is a chicken slaughterhouse, the hunters collect (for
free) giblets and leftovers, in particular heads and legs. For the
it is the best food for Sloughias with puppies. The leftovers are eaten
raw by the Sloughis.
In any case the
not have the means to feed them any other way.
When do Sloughias have their litters?
: Because of the climatic conditions, during the months of
Two lovely Sloughi
Bensekrane © Mangelsdorf 2010
What is the life expectancy of a Sloughi in Algeria?
Which are the main
which end the life of a Sloughi prematurely?
The life expectancy is, roughly, of 4 years, mostly due to the lack of
means to buy medicine and vaccinate the dogs.
(For information: a
costs 5,00 Euros).
Are there traditions such a brandmarks on the front legs or markings
Henna on various parts of the Sloughi’s body, in the region which you
Brand marks on the legs, no, Henna on the head and legs, yes, to
the Sloughi and make him beautiful. It is also a symbol of the
Henna on the front
a Sloughi and on the head of another
Are there Algerian legends about the Sloughi?
One tells each other stories about the courage of Sloughis facing wild
boar and jackal during hunting or guarding of sheep herds..
What do you think of the current situation of the Sloughi in the region
where you find yourself?
I imagine that the
of Sloughis are very proud of their dogs. In your opinion, are there
to be optimistic regarding the survival of this breed in that country
the region of Tlemcen and in Algeria, there are no survival problems
the breed Sloughi.
A proud owner of 4
The future of the
Bensekrane © Mangelsdorf 2010
Many thanks to
you, Mr Mangeldorf,
as well as to your Algerian friends, for presenting the Algerian