Origin: Mali

Height: Males range between 25 to 29 inches (64-74 cm) at the withers and females between 23 1/2 to 27 1/2 inches at the withers (60-70 cm).

Weight: Males weigh about 20 to 25 Kg and Females weigh about 15 to 20 Kg.

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Breed Profile

The Azawakh, also known as the Sahel Sighthound and the Tuareg Sloughi, is an African Sighthound who, for hundreds of years has been the companion of nomads of the South-Sahara. The breed first appeared in Europe around 1970. Like the Sloughi, Saluki, and Afghan Hound, the breed is most likely of oriental origin. The Azawakh lives with cattle breeders where he is used to protect the cattle, the people and the camps against predators or intruders. The breed also works in packs to hunt, exhausting their prey and then knocking it down with their hindquarters.

In appearance, the Azawakh is particularly leggy and elegant, giving an overall impression of great finesse. His muscles are very apparent under the thin skin and his chest and abdomen may be completely hairless. In temperament, the breed is independent, attentive, alert, reserved with strangers but gentle and can be affectionate with those he knows.

He has a short, fine coat which may be, based on the FCI Standard, any shade of fawn, from light sable to dark fawn, with flecking on the extremities. He may also have a black mask and blaze. He also wears a white bib, has a white brush at the tip of the tail, and all four limbs have white stockings. The UKC Breed Standard accepts additional varying colours, including cream to dark red, white, chocolate, brindle, black, grizzle and parti-colour.

Health Issues

Anesthetics — Most members of the Sighthound family may be sensitive to a number of anesthetics. It is very important to discuss this with your Veterinarian in advance of any required surgery. For additional information, see: Anesthesia And Your Saluki from the Saluki Club of America.

Bloat — As with many large breeds and any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms — This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) – Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada’s Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.

If you are considering the adoption of a Azawakh puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the General Information page.)

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Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit:

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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