American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Azawakh


History

Developed in Africa after selective breeding done by tribes, the Azawakh is an all around working and family dog. From guarding, herding, protecting and companionship, this breed does not disappoint. Though this breed is rare, it is still extremely appreciated.

Appearance

Considered a medium to large breed, both males and females measure 25-30 inches in height and weigh 35-55 pounds in weight. This breed is built very delicate, elegant and active in appearance. Their single layer coat is extremely tight against their skin, and follows from head to stomach. Their legs, body and tail are all very long features. Generally all legs have white "socks" within their coat. Their coat is strictly available in fawn with freckling, almost resembling a brindle pattern. White area may be smaller or larger on their chest. Their tail is very thin and long, laying low and outwards when relaxed. Their eyes are available in dark brown to black in color.

Temperament

This breed is NOT recommended for apartment living. This breed requires several acres to roam freely on, that should be properly fenced in. The Azawakh breed is extremely fast and is a hunter, so please keep this in mind always while outside for your pets safety and well being. This breed is a wonderful hunter, and will always carry these genetic talents and traits, even when not being trained further with this job. This breed is best in a home with other dogs his or her size, that they can grow up with, and is not recommended to live with small animals or dogs. This breed requires an owner who can be patient, persistent and use positive reinforcement training methods only. When sufficiently exercised, mentally and physically, this breed is an amazing companion to keep indoors with family and is very aware and protective of his or her surroundings.

Grooming

This breed does shed. Brush daily and bathe when needed.

Special Notes

This breed runs over 30mph. This breed requires a large, properly fenced in area. Please fully educate yourself about the Awawakh prior to adding one to your family to ensure a proper forever home. Do not add this breed to your family unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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