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Sloughi




Other Names : Arabian Greyhound

Country of Origin : North Africa

Dog Group : Hound



Origin

This breed is truly a living piece of history, revered by the Bedouin tribesmen, and as highly valued as an Arabian horse. In the days of the great Sheiks, the Sloughi was one of the most prized possessions, and you can imagine what happened if anyone should harm a Sloughi! They are as noble and proud as the Bedouin themselves, who decorate the Sloughi with talismans and amulets. Bedouin women have been known to nurse Sloughi puppies should the need arise. When a Bedouin goes visiting, his Sloughi is treated with the same respect as any honoured guest, and tribesmen will willingly give up their blanket for their Sloughi should they be cold. And when the Sloughi dies, the grief of the Bedouin is apparent and the hound is mourned with much dignity. There is evidence of the Sloughi dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, and indeed a mummified body of a Sloughi has been discovered in a tomb.


Description

The Sloughi is a medium sized, short-coated dog.


Feeding & Ownership

The Sloughi is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite.


Personality

They are devoted to their family, therefore once you have a Sloughi, it is yours for life, they do not change homes easily. They are not a noisy hound, and like most hounds seem to have an affinity with children. They are independent dogs that have an inbuilt desire to hunt and have the stamina to keep going. Cats and other small animals are seen as prey to this dog that hasn’t been socialised with them from an early age. Not a breed suited to someone who has little time.


Grooming

They are a clean manageable breed, they do not like to be dirty in any way, and will wash themselves cat fashion if their coats become soiled. These shorthaired coats can be groomed using a rubber-grooming mitt.



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