Millainen on sloughi?
Sloughi on hyvin vanha vinttikorarotu, jonka historia ulottuu tuhansien vuosien taakse. Jo Egyptin ajoilta 1500eKr hautamuistomerkeistä on löydetty kuvia metsästävistä, luppakorvaisista ja lyhytkarvaisista vinttikoirista. Sloughin synnyinseutu sijaitsee Pohjois-Afrikassa, missä se on kulkenut beduiinien mukana ystävänä, kumppanina ja metsästäjänä. Sloughi on ollut arvossa pidetty rotu, se on tuonut leiriin ruoan ja siksi sitä on kunnioitettu ja sitä on pidetty hyvin ja kunnioittaen. Vanha sananlaskukin kertoo; "Kun ajattelet sloughia, ajattelet ystävää".
Sloughi is a very old sighthound breed, whose history stretches back
thousands of years. Pictures of short-haired and long-eared hunting sighthounds have been found from old Egyptian grave monuments aged as early as 1500 B.C. Sloughis are from North Africa, where they traveled with the Bedouins as friends, companions and hunters. The breed was highly respected by the Bedouins as the dogs helped to bring food to the camp. An old proverb says; "When you think of a sloughi, you think of a friend".
Sloughi is a proud and graceful breed. It is independent and often
reserved with strangers, but extremely loyal to the owner and a faithful member of the family. Sloughi knows how to love and wants to be loved as well. The breed has a certain primitiveness in its character. It is very independent and doesn’t always trust in the owners view but wants to make its own decisions. It is a waste of time to try to force your sloughi to do something. However, you'll reach the goal with patience and giving your dog time to think. Violence and severity are useless means with this breed. Sloughi might not be the most sensitive sighthound but it does get offended when maltreated.
Sloughis are suitable for very different circumstances, and they even
adapt to urban life in an apartment if given enough activity and possibilities
to run free. Especially young dogs are very active. This breed is also suitable
with children, with whom it is patient and kind. However, children should be
taught from the beginning to respect the dog and give it a possibility to retire to its own peace when it wants to.
Sloughi on myös hyvä harrastuskoira, sen kanssa voi harrastaa niin näyttelyitä kuin rata- ja maastojuoksuakin. Rotu on siinä mielessä onnellisessa asemassa, ettei se on jakautunut näyttö- ja käyttölinjoihin toisin kuin muutama muu vinttikoirarotu. Sama sloughi voi toimia sekä kehässä, radalla, kun pellollakin.
Sloughis are good dogs for different activities, and they are suitable
for dog shows, lure coursing and track racing. It is a good thing that the
breed is not divided in show dog lines and hunting dog lines as some other
sighthound breeds. The same dog can function on shows, tracks and fields.
However, sloughis were created to hunt, and in Finland it might not be possible
to hunt with a sloughi, but hunting skills can be tested in races. Many sloughis love lure coursing and they are enthusiast even chasing a plastic bag. Puppies love to chase everything from flying litters to leaves and insects. If you want to compete, it might be a good idea to encourage your puppy's instinct, although it'll probably have it anyway.
Sloughis have a strong will and a hunting instinct, courage, strength
and perseverance. They are not service dogs, and the training might be more
complex than explained in dog books. Sloughis are wise dogs and often learn
things simply by observing. However, the African concept of ownership is rooted tightly in the breed: what is yours, is also mine. I wonder if the collective memory has something to do with this? In Bedouin camps sloughis ate the same food and slept in the same bed than their owners.