Breed History / Description

The Azawakh takes his name from the Azawakh Valley in the Niger Basin in Africa, where he lived a nomadic life with the tribes of the Sahara. As sighthounds they were used mostly on gazelle, hunting in packs, taking turns and thus exhausting their prey. They were much valued by their owners for their beauty and speed, rather like the Arabian horse. The Azawakh was also used as guardian of the camp.


A smooth haired sighthound, giving the impression of great slenderness, with flat muscles. Distant and dignified bearing. The movement is an essential point of the breed. Capable of great speed and endurance. 


Attentive, distant, reserved with strangers. Neither nervous nor aggressive. Affectionate and gentle with his family. This breed needs gentle and sensitive handling during the judging procedure.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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