Named after the Azawakh Valley in the Sahara, these incredibly fast hounds make for great hunting companions, yet are just as capable of living independently. Regarded as fierce protectors in their native land, these dogs have been used for thousands of years in Sub-Saharan Africa to both guard and hunt. Able to withstand extremely hot temperatures, the Azawakh has the ability to run in conditions testing enough to kill a regular Greyhound. Lean and muscular in build, these dogs are seen in a plethora of colours including red, blue fawn, grizzle, and sometimes even blue and black. Despite appearing as extremely intimidating to its enemies, the Azawakh displays strong affection and good nature towards its owner and family.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Despite their protective nature and affection towards their owners, these dogs are hunters at heart and as such are no recommended for families with young children or other small pets. Although apartment living is possible, these dogs have fairly significant exercise requirements of between 30 and 60 minutes per day, and so are best suited to homes with at least a small yard. Due to their Saharan heritage, these dogs cope extremely well with hot temperatures, and so are ideal for people living in arid climates. On the other end of the scale, the Azawakh is extremely unsuited to cool climates with significant rainfall.
Common Health Issues
Cervical Vertebral Instability, Epilepsy.