Breed Organization American Azawakh Association Website: http://www.azawakhs.org Native Country Mali Other Names Azawakh, South Saharan Greyhound, Tuareg Sloughi Life Expectancy Approximately 11-12 Years Litter Size Average 3-7 Puppies Breed Group Sighthounds
Breed Appearance An Azawakh is an awe inspiring sight with its clearly apparent bones, muscles, sinews and veins.
Legs of this breed would seem to be endless giving the appearance of fragility but one should not be deceived as these
very long legs can easily outrun and corner a prey. The impressive eyes would show that this breed is highly intelligent.
Breed Description Head: Long, narrow, slender, cleanly cut, chiseled. Skull
nearly flat, fairly long. Prominent occipital peak. Stop not very
pronounced. Long, straight muzzle. Long, b jaws. Flat cheeks. Black
or brown nose. Ears: Set on high. Thin, pendulous, lying flat against the
head, never rose-shaped. Eyes: Fairly large, almond-shaped. Dark or amber-colored.
Pigmented eyelids. Body: Long. Neck long, slender, muscular, slightly arched,
without dewlap. Prominent withers. Brisket not very wide. Chest
long, high, not very broad. Long, visible ribs. Short, cleanly cut,
slightly arched loin. Prominent hips slightly higher than the
withers. Pronounced tuck-up. Short, straight back. Croup slanted but
not sloping. Tail: Set on low, long, thin, cleanly cut, and tapering.
Hanging with the tip slightly raised. May be carried above the
topline in action. Hair: Close-lying, fine, sparse to absent on the abdomen. Coat: Fawn with limited patching on the extremities. All shades
are allowed, from light sand to dark fawn. Possible black mask on
the head and very uneven flare. White chest and white tuft at the
tip of the tail. White stockings required on each leg, at least as a
trace on the feet. Black streaks are allowed. Size: Dog: 64 to 74 cm. (25-29 in).Bitch: 60 to 70 cm.
(23.5-27.5 in). Weight: Dog: 20 to 25 kg. (44-55 lb).Bitch: 15 to 20 kg. (33-44
History This African sighthound comes from the middle Nigerian Basin in the
Azawakh Valley on the border of Mali. The breed was developed by the
Tuaregs of the southern Sahara to trip gazelles so that horsemen
could catch them. The Azawakh was also used in ceremonies and kept
as a pet. He is a close cousin to the Arabian Greyhound and the
Saluki. The first Azawakhs were imported to Europe in the early
1970s. The breed was officially recognized by the FCI in 1981, and a
standard was published in 1982.
The breed was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1936. This
quaint little dog's popularity has been overshadowed by that of his
descendent, the Brussels Griffon, but more recently he is enjoying a
return to favor.
Behavior Tough, very hardy, and lively, the Azawakh hunts by sight and is a
bounder, chasing after antelope and catching birds in flight. Very
reserved toward strangers, vigilant, and ferocious, he makes a good
watchdog for nomad camps. Very strong-willed and independent, he is
affectionate toward a select few. He needs early and rigorous but
Health There is a small occurrence of adult-onset idiopathic epilepsy in the breed. Wobbler
disease, or cervical vertebral instability, does rarely occur. Some breeders believe this is largely a developmental
problem where puppies grow too quickly due to a high-protein Western diet.
Advice He should not be confined to an apartment. He needs space and lots
of exercise, as well as weekly brushing.