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Azawakh

Nearly wild and wholly elegant, the Azawakh enjoys a devoted following in the USA even if its potential future is somewhat compromised in its homeland of Africa.  Uniquely different from other exotic sighthounds like the Sloughi, the Azawakh offers and intensity and gentleness that all sighthound fanciers could appreciate.

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General Information
Group(s): HoundsSighthound Height: 24-29 inches
Weight: 33-55 pounds Longevity: early teens, speculation
Colors: varied with white on the extremities and tail desirable Coat type: very short and smooth
Recognized Registries: UKC, FCI
Overall Appearance: Extreme in its elegance and wildness. Still contains the primitive edge that all sighthounds likely once possessed. Rear higher than its front, catlike grace. Expression that is far more angular than that expected in the Saluki or other sighthound cousins.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: calm inside; very active outside;
General Nature: good with those its knows well
  with Children: good with those it knows well
  with other pets: good with those it knows well
  with dogs: good with those it knows well
Socialization requirements: needed, but a highly refined sense of distrust toward strangers may still not be overcome by socializing
Ideal home characteristics: one that respects and understands that the very challenging characteristics of this breed are part of what sets it apart; opportunity to stretch out and run required
Temperament Notes: intelligent, aloof to strangers,
Training requirement: unknown
Trainer notes: Definitely a breed to only be attempted by those who have much experience with dogs.  The unique, extreme and isolated nature of this breed's development leads to many potential personality quirks that can be intriguing but also problematic if misdirected.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: ancient and currently endangered
Country of Origin: Africa
Original Function: sighthound, herder, companion
History: Previously the dog of the royalty and nobility of the nomadic tribe, Taureg. Now endangered as economic and political pressures effect that way of life.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: marginally feral, no known health issues
Health Testing:
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

The extremely limited availability of this breed at present generally assures that it is responsibly bred.  However, general inquiries as to frequency of litters, whether the party has other breeds and assurances that it is purebred MUST be assessed.  Heavy research is required in order to responsibly acquire and care for this breed.  Notes indicating its feralness, and suspicion of strangers must be accomodated.  Additionally, this is not simply a sighthound in another wrapper.

Web Sites:

www.digitaldog.com/azawakh.html - well crafted article on the Azawakh by David Moore

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.ukcdogs.com/breeds/sighthoundspariahs/azawakh.std.shtml - UKC Standard of the Azawakh

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