The Sloughi, also known as the Arabian Greyhound, Arabian Sighthound, North African Gazelle Hound, or Sloughi Moghrebi, is a medium-sized, slender, athletic sighthound that is closely related to the Saluki, the Afghan Hound and the Azawakh. Some people suggest that this ancient breed was named after an Arabic word meaning “fast as the wind.” Others speculate that its name came from the Saharan settlement of Slouguia, or from the Yemeni towns of Saluk or Saloug. Alternatively, those settlements might have been named after the dog. For thousands of years, the Sloughi has been treasured in Morocco and other parts of North Africa for its agility, speed, stamina and superior hunting talents. It was used by its early nomadic masters to chase down wild hare, pig, fox, deer, gazelle and other small desert-dwelling mammals and birds. These are gentle, quiet dogs that are extremely loyal and devoted to their human companions.
The Sloughi is recognized by nearly every major dog registry, including the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), the American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). The American Kennel Club (AKC) welcomed the Sloughi into its Foundation Stock Service in 1997. In 2004, the breed became eligible to compete in AKC-sanctioned Companion Events, including agility, obedience, rally and tracking. Sloughi’s were accepted into AKC Performance Events, such as lure coursing, in 2006. In 2010, the AKC recognized the American Sloughi Association (ASLA) as the breed’s official Parent Club. Slouhis became eligible to compete in the Miscellaneous Class at AKC all-breed Conformation Events in January 2011, with a Hound Group designation.