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Azawakh

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Azawakh

The leggy and elegant Azawakh gives an overall impression of great fineness. The head is long, narrow, slender and well-chiseled. The skull is nearly flat and fairly long and the nose is black or brown. The high-set ears are thin, long and lie flat against the head. The almond-shaped eyes are fairly large and are dark or amber-colored. The long and slender body is muscular and slightly arched. The prominent hips are slightly higher than the withers. The tail is low, thin and tapers to a point. The coat of this breed is close-lying, fine and sparse. Coat colors come in fawn with flecking, light sable and dark fawn. This breed's frames and muscles are visible under a dry and fine skin. The chest has a white bib and a brush at the tip of the tail. Each of the four limbs must have a white "stocking" in the shape of a trace on the feet.

Temperament The Azawakh Hound is tough, hardy, and lively. This breed hunts by sight and will bound quickly after antelope and has the ability to catch birds in flight. They are very reserved towards strangers. This ferocious breed makes a good watchdog for nomad camps. They can be very strong-willed and independent but is affectionate with a select few. This breed needs early and rigorous, yet patient training.
Height, Weight Male Height: 25-29" ; Weight: 44-55 lbs.
Female Height: 23-27" ; Weight: 33-44 lbs.
Health Problems Problems in the breed include seizures, auto-immune problems, spondylosis and myositis.
Living Conditions It is not recommended to keep an Azawakh in an apartment. They need lots of space to run. They need to wear a sweater or coat if they are in a cold climate.
Exercise The Azawakh should have regular opportunities off?lead to run free on open ground as well as long daily brisk walks.
Life Expectancy About 12 years
Grooming Occasional brushing is recommended. Bathe only when necessary. They are average shedders.
Origin The Azawakh is a close relative to the Arabian Greyhound and the Saluki. They originated in the Sahel region of Africa. They were bred by nomadic tribes as hunting, guard and companion dogs. One can often see the Azawakh sleeping on the low straw roofs of their village homes. If an intruder approaches, the Azawakh will jump down and be quickly joined by the others. Once they form a pack they will chase off or kill the intruder. The Azawakh was recognized by the UKC in 1993 and has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Hound, UKC Sighthound and Pariah