This breed of dog is named after the Azawakh Valley in the Sahara Desert, where it originated, and is a lean and swift hunter with a regal presence. They are proud but loyal and protective of their home and family. Although they are rare purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt. Don’t go shopping if you want to take one of these dogs home. As you can guess from the breed’s appearance and desert origins, these dogs do well in hot climates. Although they adore their human families, they can be aloof with new people. As sighthounds, they will also want to run away when they see something in motion, which may include small animals or even children running. They need experienced parents who will keep them from running away, be firm in training, and socialize them from the beginning.


Hailing from the Sahel region of the Sahara Desert, the proud and elegant Azawakh has long been a guardian, hunter and companion to the tribes of that region. It is named after the Azawakh valley in the Sahara. Azawajs are kind and loving to their families, but can be aloof with strangers and do not like to be touched by people they do not know. They are also protective of their people and property. Fanciers describe them as a wonderful combination of loyalty and independence. Being sighthounds, they are attracted to movement and are likely to chase animals, people on bicycles or skateboards, or even running children. On the other hand, these lean, muscular dogs make excellent companions for runners and athletes. Indoors, they are quite inactive and are content to doze on the couch. They are best suited to a home with a large fenced yard or a nearby fenced park where they can run at full speed. They need at least half an hour a day of active exercise or play and, although it may seem a slight on their dignity, you will need to dress your Azawakh in a sweater before going outside in cold weather. With their short fur and low body fat, they get cold easily.

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Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
Height: 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 33 to 55 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 15 years

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