An Azawakh is an African sighthound attracted to motions around its environment like running children, cyclist, and other moving animals. Could this be your next furry best friend? Read on!
Azawakh: Get to Know This Regal Sighthound
The Azawakh got its name from the Azawakh Valley where it originated. They’re the type of dog who don’t like being touched by strangers. Known for its slender and leggy physique, they appeared in Europe around 1970s. This dog is attentive, quick, proud, and alert towards strangers. Best suited to homes having big spaces or a nearby park where they can roam since Azawakhs are one of the large dog breeds. Additionally, the Azawakh is known for being exceptionally fast. Are you a perfect fit for this regal breed? Find out as you scroll on.
What does an Azawakh look like?
Azawakhs weigh around 33 to 44 pounds having the height of 24 to 29 inches. This breed has a short and fine coating with a variety of color including chocolate, gray, white, blue, black, grizzle, brindle, clear sand to dark red, and parti-color and all shades of brown.
This breed has a unique slender body build and a distinctive leggy appearance. They have a tight and fine skin all over its body. Their head can either do or don’t have a black mask. Its tail has a white brush on the tip and each of its feet has a white brush as well, appearing to be white “stocking.”
What is an Azawakh like?
They are gentle and affectionate towards their owners and will most likely create a close bond with just one particular family member. This breed is also very protective and wary of strangers. An intelligent and loyal breed who doesn’t mind going along with a pack.
You need to properly socialize this pooch to keep it from being shy or aggressive. If not properly trained or socialized, there’s a high possibility you’ll have a frightened, nervous, and panicky Azawakh.
Being one of the dog breeds originating from Africa, this pooch does not like cold weather. If you’re in a cold area, it is advisable to let your Azawakh wear a sweater for protection.
How to care for Azawakhs?
This is not a breed for everyone. It has a complex personality and if you can’t commit yourself to it, better find yourself a different dog breed. If you ever decide to get one, you need to make sure you’re a confident, consistent, and calm but firm owner. Be even-tempered around them by giving them a gentle authority.
Since this breed is quite active, give it at least 30 minutes of exercise. When it comes to grooming, the Azawakh is very easy-to-maintain. They do not need regular bathing and shampooing, only when needed. If you are to give the Azawakh a bath, make sure to use a mild and hypoallergenic shampoo to avoid skin irritation.
What are the possible health concerns of the Azawakh?
The Azawakh is generally a healthy breed. However, this breed might get a small occurrence of idiopathic epilepsy. There is no known case of hip dysplasia. The Wobbler disease occurs rarely to this breed.
Azawakh Trivia and History
- They were bred by the nomads of Sahara, sub-Saharan Sahel, and the southern Algeria.
- Accompanied the nomads of the southern Sahara for hundreds of years.
- On January 1, 1993, they were recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club).
- The Azawakh debuted in the U.S. in the mid of 1980s.
- This pooch can run as fast as 60 km/h.
- They have a life expectancy of about 12 years.
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The Azawakh, with its complex personality, is not for everyone. This breed has a unique background and history and has interesting traits making it a perfect companion. Proper training and socialization is a must to keep this breed from becoming shy or aggressive.
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