Azawakh

Hound Group

Azawakh dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23.5-27.5 in, Males 25-29 in

Weight

Females 33-44 lbs, Males 44-55 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Azawakh originated in the Azawakh Valley of the Sahara Desert, bred by the Tuareg, Fula, and other nomadic groups to hunt gazelle, hare, wild boar, and other game. The harsh desert terrain meant that only the strongest, most rugged individuals could persist, resulting in a tough, independent breed. The Azawakh was also a loving companion, guarding the encampments but spending nights indoors with their family. Unlike other sighthounds, the Azawakh was bred to work in packs, both while hunting and guarding property.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Azawakh will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Have high exercise demands but once they are met, Azawakhs are low-key couch potatoes at home

Make great watchdogs as they will alarm bark at anything suspicious

Loyal and protective but very independent

They are sighthounds with a high prey drive and will go after anything that moves

Gentle and affectionate with family, but indifferent and aloof towards strangers

Known to have a very high pain tolerance and won't give any indication of being hurt or sick