The Azawakh is an ancient hunting hound that originated in the Sahel region of the Sahara Desert. The breed is named after the Azawakh valley in the Sahara. Developed by nomadic tribes, the Azawakh was used for protection and as a travel companion for centuries. They were also bred to hunt hares, antelopes and wild boars. These dogs are passionate hunters. It is believed that this breed first came to Europe in the 1970s, and to United States a few years later.
FUN FACT: On October 31st 1987, first Azawakh litter was born in the United States.
Male Azawakh stands 25 to 29 inches at the shoulder and weighs 44 to 55 pounds. Females are slightly smaller. They are 23,5 to 27,5 inches tall and they weigh 33 to 44 pounds.
The Azawakh - coat colors
Although Azawakhs look skinny and undernourished (their bone structure shows clearly through the skin and musculature), these dogs are powerful and strong with lots of stamina. Their muscles are "dry", meaning that they are quite flat. Azawakhs are tall dogs with deep chest and aerodynamic head. Their eyes are almond-shaped. Azawakh’s body is covered with short, smooth coat that comes in variety of colors and patterns, including clear sand to dark red, white, black, blue, gray, brindle, grizzle, parti-color (which may be predominantly white), and all shades of brown, including chocolate. The head may have a black mask and there may be white markings on the legs and at the tip of the tail. There might be no hair on the stomach. The coat requires minimal upkeep. Weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush will be enough.
The Azawakh - speed
The Azawakh is an active breed that needs daily exercise to keep both mind and body healthy. These dogs have high energy level and tremendous endurance. Azawakhs make awesome running partners and are able to run in weather over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They are known for their speed as they can reach up to 37 mph (60 km/h). Because of their African background, they don’t like rain and cold temperatures. They get cold easily so consider picking out a sweater for your Azawakh before heading out in cold weather. Azawakhs should be provided with regular run offs in fenced areas to keep them happy and healthy. These dogs are always on the alert for moving objects, so make sure you walk them on leash and don’t let them run too freely in an unfenced area.
The Azawakh - obedience
Azawakhs are gentle and affectionate and gentle with their families, but they can be standoffish toward strangers. They don’t like being touched by people they don’t know and they typically observe for a while before approaching. They are loyal and very protective of their family and home.
Azawakhs are very intelligent and also fiercely independent. Because of that, training must start early. These dogs don’t respond well to harsh treatment. Azawakhs are proud dogs and yelling and punishing them can cause a loss of motivation for learning and result in unwanted behavior. They require reward-based training from their owners. Positive, reward-based training, will give you an obedient, loyal dog.
FUN FACT: Azawakh are pack oriented and form complex social hierarchies. They thrive on companionship of other Azawakh.
The Azawakh - health problems
Azawakhs are generally health dogs and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. As most breeds are, Azawakhs are also more sensitive and prone to some health conditions. They are prone to hip dysplasia, Wobbler disease (a disease of the cervical spine), Demodectic Mange that causes skin irritation and requires immediate treatment. They also can suffer from seizures.
FUN FACT: The Azawakh is an extremely rare breed and thus very expensive. The average price of Azawakh puppy is around $2000.00 – $2500.00 per puppy.
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