Azawakh Information

Bred by the Tuareg, Fula as well as other nomads from the Sahara and sub-Saharan Sahel within the countries of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and southern Algeria, the breed is employed there as being a guard dog and to hunt gazelle and hare at speeds right up to 40 miles-per-hour. The austerity of the Sahel environment has made sure that just the most physically fit dogs survive and highlighted the breed’s toughness and independence. In contrast to various other sight hounds, the Azawakh is much more of a pack hunter and they bundle down the quarry with hindquarters when it has been worn out. When it comes to the role of a guard dog, if the Azawakh detects a threat it will start barking to tell other members of the pack, and they’ll accumulate together as a pack under the guide of the alpha dog, and then chase away or attack the predator. Curiously, they have extra pre-molar teeth. Azawakh have substantial stamina and tremendous energy. They can be exceptional training companions for runner’s and are also almost resistant to high temperatures. They can gladly run in temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit that could kill a Greyhound. To learn more about this breed, contact “The Azawakh Association of the United Kingdom” – Email; Valerie Minto


The Azawakh, the canine athlete, is a beautiful sight-hound, very elegant giving the impression of great fitness. His musculature and bone structure are transparent under lean and fine skin. His body is rectangle in shape with longer sides in a vertical position. The Azawakh’s skin is tight throughout the whole of his body. His coat is very short and fine – down to none on his under-belly. The coat comes in various shades of fawn and sable with, or without a black mask. Each of his four legs have a short white ‘stocking’.


Azawakhs are an incredibly sound coursing hound. Serious coursing injuries are rare. The dogs heal very quickly from injury.
Azawakh have no known incidence of hip dysplasia. 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.