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Azawakh

Azawakh

Tall and elegant, the Azawakh is an incredibly lean and athletic sighthound with a tight, glossy coat, neat folded ears and a graceful slim tail with a slight curve to it. This fine skinned and athletic hound comes in all shades of light sand to dark mahogany, either a solid colour or brindled.

  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10-12 years
Weight: Between 20 - 25kg for males, and 15 - 20kg for females
Height: Between 64 - 74cm for males, and 60 - 70cm for females
Colours: Shades of light sand to dark mahogany, either solid colour or brindled. White socks on the feet are preferred, though not extending to the hocks or elbows. White markings on the chest and face are also seen, as well as black masks and white flecking to the extremities.
Size: Medium
Kennel Club group: Hound

Ratings

Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 5/5
Shedding: 3/5
Azawakh

Personality

The Azawakh is wary and aloof with strangers, and as a guarding dog, their role is to bark to alert and to be aware of what is going on around them. They are curious and incredibly observant, taking their time to assess new people, only becoming affectionate and even goofy when they know a person extremely well. With family they are loving and intelligent companions, ready to work with their people either as a guarding watch dog or as a hunter – and in the pet home, these needs must be taken into consideration. They do not do well alone, or if left under exercised or bored.

Azawakh

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Africa

Originating from the Sahel region of Africa, specifically Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, the breed has been known by many names, but it is thought the name Azawakh is derived from the Azawagh valley (now called the Iullemmeden Basin) which stretches across these countries.

Bred and kept as a multi-purpose dog for hunting, guarding and as companions by the nomadic Tuareg people, the breed is sometimes referred to as the Tuareg Sloughi or the Idi n’illeli – ‘dog of the free people’. First introduced to France and Yugoslavia in the 1970’s, the French artist Renato Parigi bred and reared several litters in Mali before returning to France with his dogs and continuing to breed. In the 1980’s Gervais Coppe imported more dogs into France from Mali, and he produced the first brindle litters in Europe.

They were recognised by the FCI in 1980, and first bred in the UK in 2003. Azawakh’s were first shown at Crufts in 2016 and are still very uncommon in the UK.

Did you know?

Did You Know?

  • This rare breed was not seen outside of Africa before the 1970’s. When the FCI first recognised them, they were included as a sub-type of the Sloughi, which is in fact only a distantly related type. This was changed several years later, following evidence from breeders and breed supporters that proved they were not Sloughi crosses or even closely related.
  • There have also been several changes to the breed standard, first to include brindles as a permitted colour, and then to reduce the amount of white that was permitted as markings.

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