Azawakh Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Breeds Not AKC Approved

The Azawakh dog is a sight hound from Africa. It serves as a status symbol for people of the southern Sahara. It is also used for hunting and for protection. A rare breed, that is extremely thin, and tall. Normally not very affectionate.


The Azawakh dog comes from the populace of pariah breeds of sub-Saharan Africa - also known as senji or bush dogs. It is closely related to the Sloughi of Maghreb. Despite morphological resemblances, mitochondrial DNA proof shows that he's only very indistinctly connected with other sight hounds. Azawakh possess an uncommon glucose isomerase allele that develops only in jackals, foxes, Sloughi dogs, Italian wolves and a couple of other pretty rare dogs present mainly in Japan.

Physical Features

Specifically elegant and leggy, the Azawakh sight hound provides a general perception of excellent fineness. The bone framework and musculature is clear beneath lean and fine skin. This sight hound comes up as a rangy breed whose body suits a rectangle having its lengthier sides in up and down position.

The Azawakh's skin is tight over the entire body. His hair is short and fine, right down to none at the belly.

All colors are accepted from dark fawn to light sable. The head might have a black mask and also the blaze is extremely sporadic. The coat features a white brush and a white bib at the end of tail. The height varies from 23-29 inches, and the weight varies from 37-55 pounds.


In accordance with its native atmosphere, the smooth-coated Azawakh hound mentally and structurally evolved his vocation as companion, hunter and protector. Alert, attentive, distant, quick and proud, he remains naturally reserved with other people and caring with those he adores.

Common Health Problems

Azawakh don't have any known occurrence of hip dysplasia. There's a small happening of adult-onset idiopathic epilepsy in the breed. Wobbler disease or cervical vertebra instability does seldom happen. Some breeders believe this is a mostly developing problem where puppies grow prematurely because of high-protein western diets.

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