Also Called: African Smoushond

Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Moderate
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Easy
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Low
Amount Of Shedding Low

The Azawakh is a swift, noble sight hound from the West African Sahel desert region. These long-legged hunters come in various shades of sand, with beautiful silky coats. Their perfectly natural independence and aloofness make them different from familiar European breeds.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Sighthound
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Height: Medium
  • Weight: 20 to 55 pounds
  • Coat: Smooth
  • Coat Colors: variety of sand, cream, or brindle tones,white and black is less common
  • Litter Size: 3-7 puppies
  • Family: Sighthound
  • Hypoallergenic: true
  • Recognition: AKC Foundation Stock Service
  • Size: Medium

Training and Care

The Azawakh is fairly good with children, but can be aloof around strangers. They have moderate exercise needs, and enjoy tracking and lure coursing. Azawakhs shed little to no hair, and need routine grooming including brushing, bathing, and occasional nail trimming.

Diet and Nutrition

A diet made up of whole grains, proteins, and minimal carbohydrates is best for an Azawakh. Make sure to supplement their meals with vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal health.

Health Problems

Azawakhs are a generally healthy breed, but can be prone to joint diseases, allergies, eye problems, and bloat. As they age, their joints will become stiffer so they should not be exercised strenuously.

Breed History

The Azawakh is a relatively rare breed, hailing from the extreme southwest corner of the Sahara in Mali and Niger. They were bred to increase the hunting capacity of the local Tuareg tribes, as well as guard the camps of nomadic herders.

Where to Buy or Adopt

Azawakhs can be found at local and national specialty breed clubs, as well as reputable rescues and shelters. Prices for puppies range from $1,000–$2,000.

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