Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Sloughi puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Sloughi

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Sloughi the right breed for you?

Sloughis: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Sloughi Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Sloughi?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No very small dogs in the household
  • No cats in the household
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Sloughi stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as lure coursing, a dog sport for sighthounds; challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Sloughis are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Sloughi to lots of people and other animals
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Sloughi, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Sloughi?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Sloughi be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Sloughi?

Sloughis are exceedingly rare in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Sloughis rank 185th! Very difficult to find. All of the other sighthound breeds are more popular.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
I'm not aware of any Sloughis available from a Dog Rescue group, but you might inquire of the breed's national club.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of a Sloughi found at a shelter.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
Your only source for a puppy is a show breeder, who breeds Sloughis to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You'll almost certainly go on a waiting list.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – At least ONE PARENT of a Sloughi puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called PRA.

If a seller can't show you that certificate, the puppies are at higher risk to go blind.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I've never seen a Sloughi in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Sloughi Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Sloughi puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Sloughi puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.