We love and exhibit the Sloughi, the rare breed of sighthound from northern Africa: Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria, and we have imported more Sloughis from North Africa than anyone else in the U.S., in order to help diversify the American gene pool and to preserve the authentic, North African Sloughi.
My love of the Sloughi began in 1990 when I saw a classified advertisement in the back of Dog World magazine for the breed. I first stepped into the ring in a Sloughi specialty show in Ontario in 1998 and again in Lompoc, California in 1999. I have been active in the American Sloughi Association since 2002 and has served continuously as an officer or a board member since that time. I currently serve as the President, AKC Delegate and Judges’ Education Chair.
My husband, Andrew, and I have spent time in Morocco and have traveled throughout the country seeing Sloughis in their homeland. We have mentors and relationships with multiple breeders in North Africa, some of them multi-generational families of Sloughi breeders. In 2019, we collected 100 Sloughi DNA of Sloughis in Morocco for the Dog Genome Project at the National Institute of Health.
The top-winning Sloughis in the U.S. for every year from 2005-2022, the first AKC Best in Show Sloughi, Reserve Best in Show Sloughi, AKC Champion, the first AKC Grand Champion, the first AKC Hound Group placing Sloughis, Best in Miscellaneous Class (BIMC) and Certificate of Merit Sloughis, the first UKC Grand Champion Sloughis, the first Westminster Best of Breed Sloughi, and the most titled Sloughi in US history are all owned or bred by Ocerico Sloughis. We have owned and/or bred more AKC Group placing Sloughis than anyone else in the history of the breed in the US, including the top Best in Show winning (UKC) Sloughi in the United States. We are the only AKC Breeder of Merit Sloughi breeder, and we adhere strictly to the Code of Ethics of the National Parent Club, the American Sloughi Association.
Our Sloughis are not just show dogs, but family members who live in our home. For this reason, we breed only rarely, and our Sloughi puppies are lovingly raised under foot.
All of our Sloughis are DNA tested and OFA CHIC registered prior to breeding. Our Sloughis do NOT carry the gene for long hair, which is not characteristic of the breed and is a disqualification in every permutation of the standard.
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