The Azawakh are originally from the Sahel region in Africa. They have been developed by the several nomadic tribes that live in the Southern Sahara, as hunting and guard dogs. These dogs’ natural abilities are very good in areas such as the chase, guarding and companionship. The Azawakh is a very majestic breed. You will find these dogs sleeping on the low straw roofs of their owners in the villages of Mali. If night predators such as the hyena approach, the Azawakh will jump down and start chasing them. They will quickly form a pack with the other Azawakhs and chase away or kill the impostors. These dogs are exceptionally fast when running, and can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
This breed is a true pack dog, and will get along very well with other dogs they have been raised with. The Azawakh is not the ideal dog for a first time dog owner, or for homes with other animals. These dogs will get along well with children that are considerate, but should never be left unsupervised. This breed is very protective of their families and territory. The Azawakh can be war of people they do not know, but are very devoted, calm and loving toward their families. This breed possesses a lot of endurance, and they are also very gracious.
The Azawakh has a smooth coat that is very easy to maintain. It can be brushed with a firm hair brush, and dry shampooed when it is deemed necessary, as this will be sufficient. A mild shampoo should be used to prevent dry skin. The Azawakh is an average shedding breed. It is also advised to check the ears and paw pads from time to time.
It is advised that these dogs are socialized and trained in obedience from a very early age onwards. The Azawakh is a breed that will not do well if training is conducted in a cruel or heavy-handed manner. This dog will perform at his best if they are motivated properly, and if the training is done in a firm, fair and respectful manner.
Azawakhs are likely to suffer from health issues such as seizures, myositis, spondylosis and auto-immune problems. This is a breed that will also not do well in colder climates.Apart from the above this is generaly a dog with good health.
The American Azawakh Association, Inc. (AAA) is the American Kennel Club (AKC) National Parent Club for the Azawakh, a rare sighthound from the northwest African countries of Mali, Niger & Burkina Faso. The AAA is an association of Azawakh lovers founded on February 7, 1988, to promote the breed and guarantee it a permanent future in the US.
In January 2019 the Azawakh gained full AKC recognition to participate in all AKC events. The first Azawakh AKC championship was awarded shortly thereafter to Jose Antonio Cabrera’s Ch. Starfire’s Mateo.