The Azawakh is a unique breed of dog that has caught the attention of many in recent years. This ancient sighthound was originally bred by the nomadic tribes of the Sahara desert, specifically in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. It was used for hunting small game such as hare and gazelle and also served as a guard dog.
Azawakhs are tall and slim dogs with a short coat that can be any color ranging from light sand to red or brindle with white markings. They stand at 24-29 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 44-55 pounds, with males generally being larger than females. Their heads are long and narrow with large ears set high on their head, giving them an alert expression. The eyes are almond-shaped and can be shades of yellow or brown.
Azawakhs have an independent nature which makes them more suitable for experienced dog owners rather than first-time owners. They are very loyal to their family but may appear aloof towards strangers or new situations if not properly socialized early on in life. Their hunting instincts make it necessary to keep them on a leash when out walking so they do not take off after prey.
Generally healthy dogs; however some conditions can develop over time such as hip dysplasia which leads to arthritis later in life. Some eye diseases like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) have been noted too.
They need regular exercise because they were originally bred for running long distances chasing prey across harsh terrain such as deserts.Their exercise needs should include daily walks/runs totaling about 30-60 minutes each day, along with plenty of room to run around freely indoors/outdoors.
Special Grooming Needs:
They shed lightly during shedding seasons so grooming twice per week will suffice using brush/comb toolto remove loose hair.They only require bathing once every few months as necessary, not regularly.
They are independent-minded dogs but it’s possible to train them through positive reinforcement using food rewards or play when they display good behaviour.
Compatibility with children/pets:
Azawakhs may get along well with children who have been taught how to approach and respect dogs.They can be wary of strangers and other animals if not socialised early on.It is important to introduce a new dog slowly especially in households where there are existing pets.
Azawakh has an affinity for burrowing into warm spots indoors so make sure the furniture you provide has sufficient padding and warmth!
The Azawakh breed made its television debut in 2017 with an appearance on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIII. Another notable mention is that these ancient African sighthounds won their first AKC championship title in January 2020.