Azawakh Dog Breed Facts & Information

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If you're thinking about adopting a dog, you need to find the right breed that fits your lifestyle. Details like size, energy level, and personality can really affect not only your home but the happiness of your new furry friend.


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Doing your due diligence and researching is a great way to start off the adoption process, and if you have the right kind of lifestyle for a loyal, affectionate, and independent dog, then you might want to consider the Azawakh.

The Basics

The Azawakh is a small to a medium-sized dog ranging from 33-55 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Azawakhs can range from 22-29 inches in height. Life expectancy of the Azawakh can be up to 15 years.


It is reported that the Azawakh can cover the ground in short bursts of up to 40 miles an hour, which makes them the cheetah of the dog world.

The History

The Azawakh is a West African sighthound who originates from the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. This Afro-Asiatic breed made its debut in the U.S. in the mid-1980s.


The Azawakh has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1997 and is part of the hound group along with the Greyhound, Basset Hound, and Bloodhound.

The Personality

Azawakhs are gentle and affectionate with their families and are huge lovebugs with their pack, but with strangers, they can be standoffish. Owners have described them as a wonderful combination of loyal and independent.


The Azawakh has a deep prey-drive and is likely to chase animals, people on bicycles or skateboards, or even running children. This is due to their sighthound background.

These dogs are great if you're active or a couch potato. They are a wonderful running buddy but also enjoy snuggling on the couch inside!


The Appearance

The Azawakh has a short, fine coat which may come in any color or color combinations such as red, sand, brindle, blue, black, and brown. Their head may have a black mask, and there may be white markings on the legs, bib, and at the tip of their tail. There is no color or marking disqualifications in the breed.


Because of their short coat, the Azawakh doesn't shed much and is fairly easy to groom. A quick wipe-down with a cloth once a week should be enough to keep the Azawakh's coat in good condition.

Azawakh essential facts:

  • Personality: Affectionate, gentle, playful
  • Energy Level: Fairly Active
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: up to 29 inches
  • Weight: up to 55 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 15 years

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