Origin: The Azawakh is a medium-sized breed that originated in the Azawakh valley in the Sahara Desert. They were bred to herd and protect livestock from predators and thieves and guard camps. The breed was brought to the United States in the 1980s. The UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized the breed in 1993. It is still rare to find this breed in the United States.
Size: The male Azawakh has a shoulder height of 25-29 inches, and they weigh around 44-55 pounds. On the other hand, the females have a shoulder height of 23.5-27.5 inches, and their weight ranges from 33-44 pounds. They have a lean physique and are usually taller than long. It is considered a regal and elegant breed due to its appearance.
Coat: The breed has a short and straight coat. They can be seen in different colors: blue, black, grey, cream, fawn, red, sandy, brown, and white. It has
a short and flat back with thin and long legs, pendant ears, and almond-shaped eyes. The breed sheds moderately.
Temperament: The Azawakh can be described as a loyal and protective dog, but at the same time, it can be loving and affectionate. They are aloof and wary of strangers. The breed is cautious and indifferent, which makes them a good watchdog. It has an independent streak, and it likes to do things in its own way. Early socialization and exposure to the environment are important to ensure that your dog is not aggressive or shy in front of strangers. It is gentle, loving, and affectionate towards its family and generally develops a close bond with one particular family member. It is suitable for every home and does not like to change its owner. Please do not leave your dog alone for too long, as it may get destructive and frustrating.
Care: The Azawakh is a super active breed and requires 40-60 minutes of exercise with a fair amount of playtime to keep them healthy and mentally stimulated. They enjoy a game of fetch and play or activities like hiking, running, and jogging. It would be best if you constantly encourage your dog;
otherwise, it may get lazy. The breed requires brushing once a week to keep their coat healthy and to prevent shedding. Keep a check on the overall
hygiene of your dog by regularly cleaning eyes and ears and trimming nails. Maintain an active lifestyle and do not overfeed your dog.
Health: The average lifespan of an Azawakh is 10-12 years. It is generally a healthy breed, but some health conditions may affect the breed. Hypothyroidism, skin allergies, heart problems, bloat, and seizures are some of the common diseases found in Azawakh. Make sure to get the health clearance when you plan to get the breed home.