The Sloughi, also known as the Arabian sighthound, is a rare breed of hunting dog from northern Africa that pursues its quarry by sight rather than by scent, thereby qualifying it as one of the many breeds of dogs known as sighthounds. Included in this group are the Sloughi’s more famous cousins such as Afghan hounds, greyhounds, salukis, whippets, Italian greyhounds, and Irish wolfhounds. (This list is by no means exhaustive!)
Sighthounds are known to be intelligent, but not necessarily biddable. The Sloughi is no exception, and prospective dog owners who are looking for a companion who will be unquestionably obedient are best advised to consider another breed. In addition, the Sloughi is an athletic dog, having extraordinarily high prey drive coupled with speed and stamina comparable to that of greyhounds.
Like all sighthounds, Sloughis are sensitive to correction, and
coercive, corporal training methods are not suited to them. (Although it should be noted that as dog training has evolved, it is now understood that heavy handed, punitive training methods are not suited to any dog.)
The AKC Parent Club for Sloughis in the United States is the American Sloughi Association (ASLA). In addition, Sloughis are recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), the States Kennel Club (SKC), the United Kennel Club (UKC), and the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
As of January 1, 2016, the Sloughi is fully recognized by the AKC and is eligible to compete for AKC championship titles.