Azawakh Hound Information

General Description


(Azawakh, Tuareg Sloughi) Azawakh Hounds are a sighthound that is exceptionally elegant and extremely leggy. They are fine-boned and very lanky, yet they posses well-developed muscles that enable them to run at great speeds. Their bone structure and musculature is visible beneath their thin skin. Their bodies are rectangular in shape, with their longer sides in vertical position. Azawakh Hounds have a short, fine coat that may or may not be flecked. Their coat exists in a number of shades, and a black mask may or may not be present.


Azawakh Hounds are quick, agile, and attentive. They are relative to their native environment and are instinctual hunters. The breed takes its job of hunting and protecting quite seriously. They are very aware of their surroundings and alert at all times. Azawakh Hounds are exceptionally fast and have a natural inclination to guard and chase. They are somewhat distant and reserved with strangers, but they are very gentle and loving with their owners and family. Azawakh Hounds are very regal and proud, and they are known for their exceptional abilities as a companion.


23 – 29 inches


37 – 55 pounds

General Health:

Azawakh Hounds have a life expectancy of approximately 12 years.


Recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1st, 1993, the Azawakh Hound originally came from the Sahel region of Africa. They were initially bred by nomadic tribes of the Southern Sahara, where they served as hunting dogs, guard dogs, and companions. The Azawakh Hound has a number of natural talents including chasing, guarding, and companionship.


Azawakh Hounds have a smooth, short-haired coat that is easy to groom and maintain. Combing and brushing with a firm bristle brush will assist the shedding process. The breed’s coat should be dry shampooed as necessary. Azawakh Hounds are average shedders.

Ideal Environment:

Azawakh Hounds are sensitive to the cold, but they can live in cold climates if given a sweater or coat. As long as Azawakh Hounds receive sufficient exercise, they are content in a small household or apartment. They are relatively inactive indoors and need the opportunity to run around freely on open ground. They should be given long walks at around the same time each day.

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