Dog Breeds


Characteristics of Azawakh

Country of originMali
The sizeAverage
Growth60–74 cm
Weight15–25 kg
Age10–12 years old
FCI breed groupGreyhounds

Brief information

  • Graceful and graceful animals;
  • Independent and calm, emotionally restrained;
  • Shy, distrustful.


Azawakh belongs to the group of greyhounds. These thin and graceful animals have been a symbol of prosperity and status of their owners for more than one hundred years. The main breeders of the Azawakh were the nomads of the Sahara. Animals served them not only as hunting assistants, but also were excellent guards and protectors. Isolated from the outside world, this breed of dog developed in the harsh desert climate. For the first time, the world learned about these animals only at the end of the 20th century, but the Azawakh did not receive much distribution. Today, this breed is rarely seen at exhibitions, and in their homeland, dogs are still bred only for practical purposes, when a person needs a hunting assistant.

The character of the Azawakh matches his exotic appearance. This is a dog of one owner, which has a pronounced territorial attachment. Representatives of the breed are calm, attentive and intelligent. Often in their behavior you can catch a slight wildness and even unsociableness. Sometimes the Azawakh prefers to spend time alone. It’s all about the historical nature of the relationship with the owner. A dog in Africa does not start up for affection and love, therefore the greyhound herself almost never shows emotions.

However, much in the character of a dog depends on education. By themselves, these animals are wary and even wary of strangers, but this can be corrected if socialization is started in a timely manner . At the same time, it is not worth expecting that due to socialization the dog will become more open and sociable – the Azawakh will simply be indifferent to strangers.


Representatives of this breed get along well with other dogs in the house, subject to a clear hierarchy in the family. At home, the Azawakh lives in a pack, so he quite easily shares the territory with his relatives. However, small animals, including cats, can be problematic. The hunting instinct affects, and if the dog can still get used to “their” cats, then it is unlikely to the neighbor’s.

The Azawakh is indifferent to children. It cannot be said that he is delighted with the kids, but he will not show aggression either. Here, too, much depends on the particular individual and family. One thing is for sure: this is not a dog for a child, and even a teenager should not be trusted to raise an animal. Azawakh needs a strong calm owner who will accept the independence and independence of the animal.

Azawakh Care

Azawakh is the owner of a thin coat of short hairs. On the abdomen and in the inguinal region, there is often no hair at all. Therefore, care for representatives of this breed requires minimal. It is only necessary to regularly check the condition of the teeth and eyes of the animal.

Conditions of detention

The African Hound, as you might expect, does not tolerate cold well. The hot sun, dry air are ideal conditions for representatives of this breed.

Content in a city apartment will definitely not benefit the Azawakh. The dog will be happy living in a private house with a large yard. These animals need many hours of daily walks, the opportunity to run freely and regular training.

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