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The Breed's History:
Bred by the Tuareg, Fula and various other nomads of the Sahara and sub-Saharan Sahel in the countries of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and southern Algeria, the breed is used there as a guard dog and to hunt gazelle and hare at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. The austerity of the Sahel environment has ensured that only the most fit dogs survive and has accentuated the breed's ruggedness and independence.
Unlike some other sighthounds, the Azawakh is more of a pack hunter and they bump down the quarry with hindquarters when it has been tired out.
In role of a guard dog, if an Azawakh senses danger it will bark to alert the other members of the pack, and they will gather together as a pack under the lead of the alpha dog, then chase off or attack the predator. The Sloughi, by comparison, is more of an independent lone hunter and has a high hunting instinct.
They are relatively uncommon in Europe and North America but there is a growing band of devotees. Azawakhs have a range of temperaments from lap dog to quite fierce. Lifelong socialization and firm but gentle handling are critical. Well socialised and trained, they can be good with other dogs, cats, children, and strangers. Azawakh may be registered with the FCI in the USA via the Federacion Canofila de Puerto Rico (FCPR).
European FCI clubs and the AKC recognize the FCPR as an acceptable registry.
The AKC currently recognizes Azawakh as a Foundation Stock Service breed and they are eligible to participate in AKC-sanctioned Companion and Performance events. The breed will enter the AKC Miscellaneous Class on June 30, 2011. The American Azawakh Association (AAA) is the AKC Parent Club for the Azawakh. Azawakh may be registered with the UKC and ARBA. The breed is not yet registered by CKC.
Azawakh are eligible for ASFA and AKC lure coursing and NOFCA open field coursing events.
Country of Origin:
Mali / Egypt
1 foot, 11 inch. to 2 feet, 5 inch. (58,42 to 73,66 cm)
33 to 55 pounds (14,96 to 24,95 Kg)
12 to 15 years
Potential Health Issues:
Cervical Vertebral Instability,
Atypical Blood Work
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Health and Grooming
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Barking or Howling:
Need For Exercise
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