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The Azawakh | A Rather Rare and Elegant Breed of Hunting Dog

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The Azawakh dog is in a class of breeds along with the Whippets, Salukis and Greyhounds. This dog typically grows up to 29 inches tall at the withers and weighs up to 55 pounds. The male is larger and heavier than the female. They have almond-shaped, dark-rimmed eyes and long, slender muzzles. 

 

Other names: Rawondu, Tuareg, Idii n' Illeli, Hanshee and Aidi n' Alluli 
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Origin: Sahara Desert Sahel region
Life Span: up to 12 years
Weight: Up to 55 lbs.
Height: Up to 29 inches
Group: Hunting Dog
Colors: Vary from dark red, black, blue, clear sand, grizzle, brindle, white, chocolate and other shades of brown.  
Litter Size: Usually from four to six puppies, but litters as small as one and as large as ten can occur.

 

 

 

 

AZAWAKH Dog | A Rare Breed Of Dog


The Azawakh dog is in a class of breeds along with the Whippets, Salukis and GreyhoundsThe Azawakh breed of dog is a rare breed in some areas, and originates from the Sahara Desert Sahel region. The dog's name derives from the Sahara Desert's Azawakh valley. They have been bred as a hunter, guardian or protector of livestocki and a companion to the tribes that reside in this location.

 

The Azawakh is a rather tall and elegant breed of dog with an affectionate, loyal, independent and gental nature with their owners and families. They can however be very shy and standoffish with people unfamiliar to them. They have the tendency to protect their loved ones and can become aggressive towards strangers.

 

The name Azawakh means "land of the north" according to the African tribes but the dog is also known as Rawondu, Tuareg, Idii n' Illeli, Hanshee and Aidi n' Alluli which means "noble dog of the free people". Because of their slender build, this dog has a defining characteristic with a fast, graceful gait. They can run at speeds up to 40 mph. This active lean animal does best in a home with a fenced-in yard so that it can get sufficient outdoor activity.

 

They are a high-energy animal that requires a lot of daily exercise. It is not uncommon, however, to see this breed lounging and snoozing on a comfy couch. Their build and structure helps them to endure hot temperatures although they also do well in cold weather. In colder temps, the dog will need protection with a sweater or coat to shield its delicate skin and short fur.

The Azawakh dog is in a class of breeds along with the Whippets, Salukis and Greyhounds. This dog typically grows up to 29 inches tall at the withers and weighs up to 55 pounds. The male is larger and heavier than the female. They have almond-shaped, dark-rimmed eyes and long, slender muzzles. Colors of the Azawakh can vary from dark red, black, blue, clear sand, grizzle, brindle, white, chocolate and other shades of brown. Although they have short hair, the tummy area can and may remain hairless. 

 

Grooming needs for the Azawakh is rather minimal due to the short hair. Simply brush and massage the coat with a rubber-tipped hound glove to remove any dead skin and stimulate the oils and new hair growth. An occasional bath would require a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo to protect the dog's sensitive skin. Other grooming needs are similar to that of other dogs; gentle cleaning of the ears weekly to monthly, clipping the nails at the same time and a daily to weekly brushing of the dog's teeth.

 

The Azawakh is a fairly healthy breed of dog with a general life-span of about 12 years. Some health issues to be aware of are bloat, hypothyroidism, autoimmune mediated thyroiditis, seizures, myositis and possible skin allergies. This dog is known as a sighthound and is very sensitive to anesthesia. Ensure that your veterinarian is experienced in caring for this breed to provide the best health maintenance.


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