The sloughi or the arabian greyhound is one of the most popular breeds in the world. There are many different types of them, but they all share some common characteristics: They have short legs and long bodies; their ears are pointed; they have a thick coat with white undercoat; and they have large heads, which look like those of foxes. Their coats vary from light brown to black, although it’s not uncommon for them to be grayish-white. These dogs are known for being very loyal and affectionate towards their owners. Some sloughis may even grow up to become family pets.
They are usually medium sized dogs (about 15 inches at the withers) and weigh between 20–30 pounds, depending on breed. The average life span of a sloughi is around 10 years, though some live much longer than others.
Sloughi puppies are born with their distinctive markings, but don’t show any other signs until they’re about 8 weeks old. At that time, they begin to display their best qualities: loyalty and love for humans. They will often run toward you when you come near and lick your face or paws if you pet them gently.
They’ll even nuzzle against your leg if they want to cuddle with you. They’re very affectionate dogs.
Despite their short legs, they can run very fast and have great stamina. Some say that they can reach a speed of up to 40 miles per hour!
They are early risers and usually greet the sun as it comes up. They enjoy playing fetch or any other game you want to play with them, though sloughis aren’t big on jumping or doing aerial acrobatics. They are, however, good swimmers and love going to the lake or river in the summer.
Unless you train them not to, they will chase other animals or even small rodents that come near your house—they’re very good at stalking their prey.
Sloughis thrive on human companionship and want nothing more than to please you. They usually get along well with children and enjoy being around them.
Some say the sloughi is a descendent of the saluki and other say it’s a descendent of the Afghan hound. The original sloughi came from Morocco, where they were bred by nomads to help with their hunting and guarding flocks. Even today, there are some who still breed them in the desert.
However, after European dog-breeders saw them, they became very popular throughout Europe. They’re now very popular in many other parts of the world as well.
They don’t need to go for long walks or runs every day. Half an hour per day is usually enough to do them, especially if they’re playing a game of fetch with you. It’s best to walk them on-leash or have someone else hold them on a leash, however, since they have a tendency to chase small animals and may not listen if they spot one.
Sloughis are very protective of their families and will bark whenever someone comes to the house. If they see a stranger acting suspiciously or doing something they shouldn’t, they will often run over and scare them away without any help from their owners.
These dogs can adapt to just about any living situation, but it’s best if they live in a home rather than a high-rise apartment or a doghouse in the backyard. They like to be close to their families.
Their short coats require only occasional brushing, but they’ll need to go to the groomer once every couple of months. If their ears aren’t kept clean, they can develop an infection, so daily ear cleaning is a good idea. Their teeth also require regular brushing.
Overall, these are smart, friendly, loving dogs that get along well with children and just want to make their owners happy. If you like the sound of that, then perhaps a sloughi is the pooch for you.
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