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Azawakh : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Azawakh Ratings: - Ease of Training: 6 /10 - Intelligence: 7 /10 - Shedding: 5 /10 - Watchdog: 9 /10 - Guard Dog: 6 /10 - Popularity: 3 /10 - Size: 8 /10 - Agility: 6 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Azawakh Attributes: Life Expectancy: 10-13 years Litter ... Azawakh





Azawakh Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 6/10
- Intelligence: 7/10
- Shedding: 5/10
- Watchdog: 9/10
- Guard Dog: 6/10
- Popularity: 3/10
- Size: 8/10
- Agility: 6/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Azawakh Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
Litter Size: 3-7 puppies
Group: Miscellaneous Class
Recognized By: FCI, UKC - NKC, CKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR
Color: Fawn; black mask. White bib on chest, tip of tail, white stockings on feet.
Hair Length: Short
Size: Large, Extra Large
Shedding: Moderate Shed
Male Height: 25-29 inches (53-74 cm)
Male Weight: 35-55 pounds (17-25 kg)
Female Height: 23-27 inches (48-69 cm)
Female Weight: 35-55 pounds (17-25 kg)
Living Area:
The Azawakh will do okay in an apartment if they get enough exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do. Azawakhs are sensitive to the cold but do well in cold climates as long as they wear a coat outside.
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Complete information about Azawakh Breed:

Overview :

Particularly leggy and elegant, the Azawakh sighthound gives a general impression of great fineness. His bone structure and musculature is transparent beneath fine and lean tissues (skin). This sighthound presents itself as a rangy dog whose body fits into a rectangle with Its longer sides in vertical position. The Azawakh's skin is fine, tight over the whole of the body. The hair is short, fine, down to none on the belly. Coat colors come in fawn with flecking limited to the extremities. All shades are admitted from light sable to dark fawn. The head may or may not have a black mask and the blaze is very inconsistent. The coat has a white bib and a white brush at the tip of the tail. Each of the four limbs must have compulsorily a white "stocking", at least in shape of a trace on the feet. The black brindleing is admitted.

Azawakh History :

The Azawakh hound originated from the Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali. Raised and breed in the Sahel areas of the Sahara Desert, this sighthound took its name for the Azawakh (Land of the North) Valley. Wolves are believed to be the descendants of dogs. However, there is another belief that Azawak are descendants of different line of dogs that are considered to be as old as the wolves. This theory was supported by the distinct morphology, the heart volume, the higher rate of red blood cells, as well as the annual mating period. The Azawakh, similar to the Sloughi and the Afghan hound are of oriental origin that has lived for thousand of years with the nomadic tribes of Tuaregs and their slaves. The Tuaregs have migrated from Asia to Sahel, an area in the southern part of Sahara Desert. Tuaregh Imuchagh are responsible for breeding these hounds that served as the protector of their cattle, as watchdog that protect the community and the camps against intruders. These hounds are also used by the nomadic Tuareg tribes as excellent hunters. In the early 1970's, Dr. Pecar, a Yugoslavian diplomat that was stationed in Burkina Faso was fascinated by the physique and notable characteristics of the Azawakh hound. The hound however, can not be bought. A nomad gifted him with a male. He was able to take home a bitch when he bartered his service by killing a bull elephant that was terrorizing the tribe and destroying the village. French military servicemen and civil servants brought the Azawakh hounds to France. Azawakh was introduced to America in the mid 1980's and on January 1, 1981, the Azawakh hound was accepted as a bona fide breed. FCI removed the word Sloughi and in 1986, the Azawakh was finally recognized in the world of dog lovers and breeders.

Azawakh Temperament and Character :

Relative to its native environment, the smooth-coated Azawakh hound mentally and structurally manifests his vocation as hunter, protector and companion. Quick, attentive, distant, proud, and alert, he remains instinctively reserved with strangers and gentle with those he loves. Socialize well. Especially slender and elegant, his frame and muscles are visible under a dry, fine skin. The Azawakh has a natural tendency to guard. Be sure you are this dog's calm, but firm, confident and consistent pack leader. Does best with an owner who is even-tempered, displaying a natural, but gentle authority over the dog. Independent and exceptionally fast, these dogs can reach up to 37 mph (60 km/h).

Azawakh Health Care :

This breed may have health concerns including seizures, hip dysplasia, spondylosis, hypothyroidism and cardiac problems. They can also be afflicted with the most common health issue to all dogs bloat. Also known as gastric torsion or twisted stomach, this occurs when a dog eats too much too fast.

Azawakh Grooming :

The Azawakh will do okay in an apartment if they get enough exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do. Azawakhs are sensitive to the cold but do well in cold climates as long as they wear a coat outside.

Azawakh Training :

This breed features a natural tendency to guard and does best with a firm, even-tempered owner. Owners should establish themselves as the calm, confident and consistent pack leader. Ensuring that a natural yet gentle authority is displayed over the Azawakh dogs will result in the best training.

Azawakh Activity and Exercise :

Azawakh dogs require daily exercise. These dogs enjoy long walks and the ability to run off-leash as they need anywhere from a regular to high amount of exercise. They can be exercised at about the same time each day since they do well with schedules.

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