The Azawakh shares some of his heritage with the other sighthounds like the Afghan, the Saluki and the Sloughi. This is an ancient breed, very probably of oriental origin and popular with the nomadic tribes of the Sahara. He takes his name from the Azawakh Valley which lies in the Niger Basin.
As sighthounds they were used especially on gazelle, hunting in packs and taking turns at the chase and so exhausting their prey. Back at the nomadic camp, their alert and sensitive nature was invaluable in guarding both their owners and their cattle against predators and intruders.
The nomads valued their Azawakhs not only as sighthounds but as a showpiece. They are particularly leggy and elegant and perhaps the most “extreme” of the sighthounds in their conformation, with their slender build, prominent hip bones and sloping croup and their distinctive cut up underline.
Like the other sighthounds, the Azawakh is sensitive, perhaps even more than his relatives. He is rather aloof and independent, but develops a great devotion to owner and those he regards as family.
Undeniably elegant and exotic, the breed is highly alert and sensitive. As a sighthound he is athletic and needs plenty of exercise. These factors should be paramount considerations for those who consider taking up the breed.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Under 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Hound Breed Group
Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.