The Azawakh has lived for thousands of years with the nomadic Tuareg Tribesmen, who probably migrated from the Sahel in the Southern region of the Sahara. The function of the Azawakh is that of a guard and a hunting dog. He will protect the camp from intruders and go hunting in a pack working with other Azawakhs in relays to bring down the prey. A versatile Hound that gives protection to his family and also supplies them with food. The Azawakh covers a wide area lying in the Niger Basin which included the Azawakh valley. Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.
The Azawakh gives the appearance of being a tall sighthound, the height range covers from 25 to 29 inches for dogs and 23.5 to 27.5 for bitches and can weigh anything from 35 to 55 pounds. He is a standing rectangle in shape, almost caricature like, he has very thin soft skin and under the belly he can be devoid of skin. Coming in many attractive colours always with white markings.A long elegant head with dark almond shaped eyes, pendulous ears all give the impression of great beauty.
Almost feline in personality, although they love the company of other dogs, aloof and standoffish with strangers but gentle and affectionate with those he knows. A wonderful dog as part of a family having an affinity with children although respect is required for this primitive breed. He is very intelligent and trainable although the Azawakh needs to feel it is worth doing he is not the breed for you if you require a perfectly biddable dog, He adores his owners and will not go easily to another home as an adult dog.
The Azawakh is an extremely healthy breed, they recover well from injury but like any sighthound they have to be treated carefully if they require an anaesthetic.