Azawakh At a Glance

AKC Breed Group

Miscellaneous; Other Registries: FCI (Sighthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)

Country of Origin:

West Africa


Medium. Weight: Male: 44-55, Female: 33-44 lbs; Height: Male: 25-29, Female: 23-27 inches


Silky, short and close


Fawn – Black Mask, White Bib on Chest, Tip of Tail, White Stockings on Feet

Life Span:

10-12 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 80
Barking Tendencies – 40
Cat Friendly – 20
Cold Weather Tolerance – 30
Exercise Needs – 60
General Health – 70
Grooming Needs – 20
Hot Weather Tolerance – 80
Intelligence – 70
Kid Friendly – 40
Playfulness – 100
Shedding Level – 60
Social Needs – 60
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

Azawakhs are extremely fast when working and are able to reach and sustain speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.

Azawakh Overview

This dog breed originated in Africa. The Azawakh is a sight hound that was bred by nomadic tribes for guarding, hunting and companionship. They are extremely fast when working and are able to reach and sustain speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. They are adept at hunting hare and gazelle. This breed is extremely rare in North America.

Azawakh Characteristics

This breed is elegant, slender and athletic in appearance. The breed is a swift, aloof, ever-watchful and resilient dog.

Azawakh Temperament

This breed is a true pack canine and the dog gets along very well with other dogs, especially those they were raised with, but not with other household pets. This breed is not ideally suited to first time or novice owners. The breed relates well to considerate children, but should never be left unsupervised. This breed is highly protective of their family, residence, and territory. The breed of dog is wary and suspicious of strangers, but are loyal, affectionate and dedicated to their family and those they know. The dog is a regal and noble breed with tremendous endurance.

Azawakh Care

The Azawakh breed requires occasional brushing. To preserve the coat, this breed should only be bathed when absolutely necessary and dry shampoo will normally suffice. The ears and paw pads of the dog need to be checked regularly. This breed is prone to seizures, myositis, spondylosis and auto-immune problems. They do not do well in colder climates.

Azawakh Coat

The coat of the Azawakh is silky, short and close. This breed is an average shedder.

Azawakh Training

Early socialization and obedience training are recommended for the breed.

Azawakh Activity

The Azawakh is an extremely energetic dog that requires an energetic owner.. This breed is not suitable for apartment dwelling and requires a large, securely fenced yard or rural setting with ample opportunity to run. The breed excels at field hunting, lure coursing and agility. This dog breed enjoys free-play, family activities, hiking, jogging and swimming.

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