If you’ve been looking at Sloughi puppies in your quest to add a new forever friend to the family, you could be making a great choice.
However, as with any dog breed, you should do your research. Here’s what you should know.
Where To Get Sloughi Puppies
If you’re committed to adopting, you can look for a Sloughi puppy in a shelter. This can be an issue for some people who want to know the history of the dog, or are determined to get a purebred puppy. Shelters can’t guarantee the breed! However, you may be able to find an older dog or a puppy who looks just like a Sloughi if you aren’t too fussy.
The other place you could go is to a breeder. The only thing you have to remember with breeders is to do your research.
Unfortunately, there are unethical breeders out there who don’t health test the parents and breed dogs together. This results in unsocialized and unhealthy pups. Puppy mills are even worse, doing this in great numbers just for profit, and it’s important not to support these business practices.
When searching out a breeder, there are some important green flags to look for: not letting the puppies go home before they’re eight weeks old; AKC registration; shot records; proof of health-tested parents; and, perhaps most importantly, honesty and transparency when it comes to answering questions! This is your new forever friend, and you should feel comfortable asking all of the questions you want to.
The cost of a Sloughi puppy is anywhere between $1500-2000.
If you adopt from a shelter, the cost will be significantly less and may include spaying/neutering, microchipping, and shots.
The Sloughi is tall, with a very lean body and floppy ears. They tend to be on the thin side, which doesn’t make them underweight! They have short coats that come in various colors.
These dogs are very loyal and bond well with their people. They love humans and are generally very gentle with them.
Sloughis, however, have pretty high exercise needs. They can run very fast and need an outlet for that energy! However, it’s best to never let them run off-leash in an unenclosed area. They don’t have a hugely reliable recall.
This is, in part, due to their prey drive if they lock onto something. Sloughi puppies have a naturally high prey drive, which means they aren’t suited to live with cats and small dogs. It can work, if they’re brought up together from puppies, but they need constant supervision and should never be left alone together.
These dogs tend to be sensitive and should only be trained with positive reinforcement. This is true of any dog, but especially important with a Sloughi.
Sloughi Puppies – Veterinary Needs
There are a couple of things to watch out for with your Sloughi. They tend to be prone to eye disease, and can also be prone to bloat. You can combat the latter by never allowing them intense exercise right after they’ve eaten and waiting for at least an hour. With eye disease, parental health-testing and preventative vet visits to catch anything early are the way to go.
Otherwise, your Sloughi will need all of the things any other pup does! Starting at around eight weeks old, they’ll get a series of shots to protect them from parvovirus, distemper, and other very nasty diseases. They’ll also get a rabies shot at the end of this, and will be offered bordetella to protect them from a particular strain of kennel cough.
It’s essential to keep up with preventative check-ups once a year at least, and to keep your dog on flea and heartworm medication. This is usually a pill given to them once a month.
Although many people go out and grab the first kibble available off the shelf, this can end up hurting your dog! The cheapest kibble is often full of fillers rather than nutrients and isn’t good for them in the slightest. You can ask your vet for brand recommendations, but the main thing to remember is to never choose a grain-free brand. This has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Some people swear by a raw diet. While this does have health benefits, you should ensure you do your research before attempting one. It’s best to use a subscription service that prepares the meals for you. Dogs are omnivores, and have more dietary needs than just meat!
Grooming shouldn’t be too difficult with a Sloughi. Although they do shed, their short coat makes the hair manageable as long as you brush them around once a week. You can bathe them as needed, though too often will dry out their skin.
Otherwise, clean their teeth and ears regularly. You should also cut or file their nails every six to eight weeks so they’re a reasonable length. If your dog hates this, provide lots of tasty treats!