AKC Group: Miscellaneous
Originating from the Sahel region of Africa, the southern Saharan nomadic tribes used Azawakhs as hunting, guarding or companion dogs. Guarding Azawakhs fall asleep on the straw roof of their home. As a predator approaches, the Azawakh jumps down and is joined by other Azawakhs that form a pack to chase away or attack the predator.
Size: 25 to 30 inches, 30 to 55 pounds.
Color: Black, blue, brindle, brown, fawn, gray, grizzle, red, sandy or white. Can have white markings or a black mask.
Life span: 12 years.
Health problems: A relatively healthy breed, Azawakhs heal very quickly from injuries.
Azawakhs are tall, regal sighthounds. They have short, flat backs with long legs. They are thin dogs with almond-shaped eyes. They move around like a cat. The coat is short, the body is muscular and clearly defined.
Azawakhs develop a very close bond with their owner. They are gentle and very affectionate. With strangers, they are very reserved and prefer not to be touched, but show no signs of aggression. Though bred to protect livestock, Azawakhs are not an aggressive breed. They only attack if they feel threatened.
If you’re a runner, your Azawakh will happily come along. They even adore running in 100 degree (plus) weather — they are desert animals. They won’t come along in rainy or cold weather though.
Azawakh are pack oriented. They have excellent memories and can recall companions after long periods of separation. A group of Azawakh dogs are often found sleeping in a heap (for warmth and companionship).
The smooth, short coat requires little combing or brushing. Only use dry shampoo when necessary.