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Description: The Azawakh is an interesting-looking breed. They have the appearance of grace and swiftness in combination with a disproportionate body, head and legs. Their chests are very deep, but the stomach area is very small in proportion, and the hindquarters are higher than the shoulders. The breed is very tall and thin, with the skeletal structure obvious. They will almost always have white on them somewhere, as was the custom to kill them in their native country in previous years if they did not have such markings. They have very short fur, almost none on the belly, and the tail hangs down and makes a small curl at the end. Used for protection and hunting in Mali, the Azawakh was strictly kept in order to preserve certain aspects in the breed. The Azawakh is affectionate and gentle to the people it knows, and it can be playful with its owners. They are, however, wary with strangers and sometimes even aggressive. They are very protective and alert, and if they become aware of a danger they will gather with their pack and chase the threat away. They are a light footed guard and watch dog, being intelligent and discerning of strangers.
Other Names: Tuareg Sloughi, Idii 'N Illeli (Sighthound of the Free People), Tuareg Greyhound, South Saharan Greyhound
Height: 23.5 -
(brown, light fawn to dark red) with white markings. They can also be brindled,
white, black, gray, blue grizzle, or parti-colored.
are gentle and affectionate. They are playful and friendly with their family,
but quite wary of strangers. They have even been known to be aggressive with
strangers, making them an excellent guard dog. They are protective, intelligent
and alert, making them an equally good watch dog. Owners have been known to
love this breed! The Azawakh is proud, haughty and does not like harsh punishment,
as they should never be treated. They do not see their owners as above them,
but equal with them. They do better in warmer climates, and enjoy the sun. If
they are not correctly exercised or trained, the Azawakh may turn into a food
thief and may become obese. In their native country, they can be seen on the
rooftops of straw roofs, sleeping until any danger comes by. When greeted with
danger, they leap to action and gather together to chase the threat away.
Care and Training:
The Azawakh's thin coat needs almost no attention. A simple rub down every once
in a while should suffice. This breed does need adequate exercise, however.
They should have access to long walks and be able to occasionally run off-leash.
Exercise should occur every day, as they need a regular to high amount of exercise.
They do well with schedules, and can be exercised around the same time each
Activity: Medium. They need
to be exercised by the owner, or else they will become obese.
Health Issues: Cardiac problems, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, seizures, spondylosis, and bloat. Bloat is a common health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs than cancer. It occurs when the dog eats too much too fast, and is also known as gastric torsion or twisted stomach.
Life Span: 12 years is average,
but they may live around 11 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS since 1997 (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible
for the AKC)
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