Original Name : Azawakh
Type : Graioid
Other Names : Idi, Hanshee
Male size : 23½-27½ inches
Male weight : 44-55 lbs
Female size : 23½-27½ inches
Female weight : 33-44 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Mali
Azawakhs are quick, attentive and distant, reserved with strangers and sometimes even unapproachable, yet gentle and affectionate with those they are willing to accept, a characteristic of the sighthounds. Azawakhs need to have their independence and tranquility respected.
Long, fine, lean, chiseled, fairly narrow but not excessively so.
Well defined withers, short, lean, often arched loins, clearly protruding hips, level with or above the withers.
Fawn with flecking limited to the extremities, all shades from light sable to dark fawn, black mask possible on the face with inconsistent blaze, white bib and white brush at the tip of the tail.
Fine, always falling, flat, broad at the base, close to the skull, triangular with slightly rounded tip, never rose ears.
Set low, long, thin, lean, tapered, with white brush at the tip.
Smooth, fine, down to none on the belly.
Azawakhs are originally from the area around the Azawakh valley, from which they take their name. These are especially slender, elegant animals, which give a general impression of great finesse. Their bones and muscles can be seen through their fine, lean tissue and skin. Azawakhs are racy-looking dogs with rectangular bodies that move with great suppleness, with feet particularly high when trotting and walking, while the gallop is bouncy.
Azawakhs are sighthounds of the Afro-Asian type, which first appeared in Europe as late as 1970. They are bred by the nomads of the sub-Saharan Sahel.