The Sloughi is a North African breed that was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 and participated in the renowned Westminster Dog Show held annually at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is an elegant hound breed that is affectionate and a great hunter. Even though the Sloughi is AKC recognized, they are still considered rare. There has been a push in popularity and they are becoming easier to find and more recognizable. People wanting to add a Greyhound-like hound to their family may consider the Sloughi. Finding a name for your new Sloughi should not be frustrating, however, these hounds should have a name that is worthy of their North African roots.
Sloughi Dog Names in Pop Culture
The Sloughi was introduced to millions of Americans in February of 2017 after it was given full AKC status and was showcased at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show. A member of the Hound Group, the Sloughi is an elegant scenthound that is similar to the Greyhound in look and personality. This breed has not been in the United States for very long. Tagiurie el Sian was the very first Sloughi to be imported into the United States. Tagiurie el Sian was imported by Kathy and Carl Rodarty in 1973. She was never bred; in fact the first United States born Sloughi litter was not born until 1981. Her sister, Damiela, was imported into Holland and became a foundation dam, producing two large litters.
Carole Cioce of California imported two Sloughis from Germany in 1979. With an interest forming within the United States, Sloughi breeders Jacques and Ermine Moreau-Sipiere of France moved their breeding operation to California in 1979. They had been breeding the Sloughi since 1973 and produced the first U.S. born Sloughi born litter in 1981. This was not the typical breeding program since they only brought one female, a Tunisian import named Jilsa. They did bring three French bred Sloughi males named Pharaonne Kahloul de la Treille, Pamiya Kahloul de la Treille and Phitoussi Kahloul de la Treille. The Moreau-Sipieres were a part of the founding of the Sloughi Fanciers Association of America (SFAA) in 1988. The SFAA did not last long and dissolved by the end of 1988. In 1989 the Moreau-Sipieres helped found the American Sloughi Association (ASLA). The ASLA is still going strong today. While Tagiurie el Sian was honored as the first Sloughi imported in the U.S., it was the four dogs imported by the Moreau-Sipieres that are considered to be the foundation stock for many of the Sloughis born in the U.S. today.
Another important Sloughi breeder, also from France, moved their breeding kennel to the U.S. in 1990. Dr. Bernd Fritzsch and Dr. Dominique de Caprona founded Shi’Rayan Sloughis in the 1980s and once they moved their operation to the United States began incorporating dogs from the Moreau-Sipiere kennel along with European imports they felt best suited their ideals for the breed.
The Sloughi that represented their breed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2018 was Champion Ocerico Essam. Called Essam for short, he won best of breed and competed in the Hound Group. He is owned by Erika and Andrew Wyatt and is the son of Champion Dune des Sources de l’Oumerrbia CM and Amiass Shubah al Warda. Essam was only the second Sloughi to grace the group ring at Westminster. While he did not win anything in the Hound Group, Essam intrigued people across the country.
Sloughi Dog Name Considerations
When you see the Sloughi, you do not think they are a typical hound. They are elegant, fast and very loyal to their family. You most likely will not choose a typical hound name such as Jethro or Bessie. Instead, you may wish to pay homage to the Sloughi’s North African roots and pick a name with strong African influence. Some African names can be a bit of a tongue twister or simply too hard to pronounce. It is probably better to avoid names that seem difficult to keep misunderstandings to a minimum. Names that are short and easy to say will probably work best such as Simba, Zane, Nala or Zula. Expect to have some weird looks when you introduce your new puppy and their African inspired name because most of these names are not typically heard or associated with a canine. Take some time to get to know your new Sloughi before you decide on a name. Many times your new puppy’s personality will help guide you in a name that fits them perfectly. If you are still unsure about what to call your new puppy, seek help from other family members and discuss what names they like and can easily pronounce. Together, you are sure to find a name that is fun and fits your puppy.