Azawakh: A Complete Guide

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Bringing a dog into your life is one of the best things you can do.

It’s a companionship that is filled with love, care, and purity, as you spend 10-15 years with this dog finessing a true friendship.

There’s a reason that the dog has earned the idiom ‘man’s best friend,’ and that is because of their loyalty.

When a dog enters your household, it comes with the mindset of loving, nurturing and protecting its owner, traits that you indeed, will have to return.

It’s true; dog ownership isn’t the easiest of times. There are moments where you are going to pull your hair out.

Trinkets may break, couches may be ripped, but it’s all a part of the process of growing, and bonding with a canine.

After all, there’s no such thing as friendship without turmoil. You are going to need to dedicate yourself to your new pet and commit to creating a happy, streamlined life with your new companion.

The Azawakh is a large hunting dog from the Southern Sahara in Africa, right near the border of Niger.

It was known to roam with the people from the tribe of Tuareg, where it would protect camps and hunt animals such as wild boar.

It first became popular in the 1970s, making it a fairly new dog, with a small amount of history. However, it is said to have origins dating back to ancient years, but this has not been proven yet.

The Azawakh is a descendant of crossbreeding 2 African dogs known as the Sloughi, and Saluke. They are renowned for their incredibly fast running speed, reaching around 40 mph per hour.

Today, they are still renowned as both a hunter and a guard dog, the Azawakh is gaining more notoriety throughout the world as a companion dog.

Brown and white Azawakh on the beach
The Azawakh can be a difficult dog to train.

It has received acclaim for its beautiful figure that spans a variety of colors. They are known to settle for families incredibly well, providing love and a great sense of security, due to their protectiveness.

However, the Azawakh is still a new dog when it comes to domestication, and is going to need a firm trainer that is ready to persist, tolerate and show immense amounts of commitment to the process.

Throughout this manual today, I will detail all the necessary information on the Azawakh, for you to know before you make your purchase.

The Azawakh tends to have a series of different needs in comparison to other dogs, and you as the owner will have to accommodate these.

I will go over the fundamentals of life expectancy, behavioral traits, dietary needs, physical requirements and more.

By the time you’re done reading this guide, you will be prepared to start your journey to becoming an Azawakh owner.

So is the Azawakh still a dog you’re interested in? If so, continue reading to learn more.

Azawakh: Before You Buy

As you probably already know, there’s a lot of factors that just go into buying a dog. You’re going to need more than an eager spirit and a keen attitude.

You will need to organize, and research the plethora of needs this particular breed has, and prepare them, so when you’re adorable Azawakh puppy enters your household, it feels love, trust, and comfort.

Before bringing the Azawakh into your home, you’re going to have to make some space. This is a large breed and will need a large area to accommodate this factor.

So if you’re living in an apartment, unfortunately, you may have to look for another breed. The Azawakh needs a spacious indoor area to rest, and a large backyard to play in.

As the owner, you’re also going to have to prepare time to spend with this dog socialization, training and forming a bond.

I know this can be hard with work, but it is needed for your dog to become confident, calm and assimilated in domestication.

You may need to alter your schedule and rotate turns with your family to make sure this puppy always has company.

Other things you may need to consider include color, gender and your definite stance on spaying/neutering. Even if you’re not fussy, these are things you need to think about.

The latter is especially important, as it can determine whether or not your puppy, can have puppies.

Keep in mind that spaying/neutering does prevent a lot of life-threatening health conditions, and maybe a good idea if you do not plan to breed yourself.

How much does an Azawakh cost?

The hardest part of buying a puppy is determining whenever you can afford it or not.

However, this isn’t hard because of your budget, but it is hard because you may not want to face the fact that you can’t afford your dream dog.

Dogs can be incredibly expensive, costly bank account breakers, and these price tags will determine whether you get a small, medium or large-sized breed.

It may even make you reconsider getting a dog altogether.

The Azawakh unfortunately, is far from a cheap dog.

It will cost around $2000-$2500 each from a reputable breeder, which is far beyond most owner’s budgets. This is even more expensive than popular breeds such as the Labrador Retriever.

But if you’re looking for a dog with unique traits, that’ll turn eyes everywhere you go; this might be a worthy investment.

Alternatively, you can seek out an Azawakh at an adoption shelter, where they can be anywhere as cheap as $200.

However, the Azawakh could be very hard to find at a shelter, at it is not too common of a breed. Keep in mind that most adoption shelters will incur a $175 adoption fee.

How do I find a reputable breeder?

Finding a reputable Azawakh breeder can be very hard if you are not in the country of Africa, as they are not yet common dogs all around the world.

You also need to be wary of breeders marketing a dog as the Azawakh for a cash grab.

It is more than likely that you are going to have to travel a far distance to find a proper, experienced Azawakh breeder.

When visiting a breeder for this dog, there are a few things you need to analyze. These things include:

– The area in which the dogs are kept.
– The cleanliness of the dogs themselves.
– The way the breeder treats and socializes with the dogs.
– The amount of knowledge the breeder has on this particular breed.
– The breeder’s eagerness to assist you.

Two Azawakh dogs wearing colourful leads
The Azawakh is a very active dog breed.

Three little-known facts about the Azawakh

  1. It is also commonly known as the Tuareg Sloughi.
  2. It is sensitive to Anesthesia.
  3. The Azawakh is sensitive to cold weather due to its thin skin.

The Physical Traits of the Azawakh

The Azawakh is a dog of an elegant posture. Its slim build results in it looking like a wilder, larger greyhound.

The Azawakh has an incredibly short coat that can be a variety of colors including black, brown, cream and blue.

It is an incredibly skinny torso, brown eyes, a black nose long, masculine legs built for running.

It has small ears and an expression of pure intelligence. This is all topped off with low hanging, medium-sized tail.

How big is a full-grown Azawakh?

The Azawakh is a long large breed but is nowhere near as heavy as its counterparts.

The Azawakh tends to grow anywhere between 22-28 inches, with the male being the bigger of the genders in length.

Weight-wise, the Azawakh only tends to grow to a mass of 40 pounds, with 44 being the maximum. Again, the male is the bigger of the genders.

What is the life expectancy of the Azawakh?

The Azawakh is expected to only live between 10-12 years. This is smaller than the average for most large-sized breeds.

Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Azawakh

The Azawakh is a relatively quiet dog and only tends to bark when it feels threatened.

It is known for its independence and will need to be trained, and highly socialized from an early age to settle into a family.

Positive reinforcement is the best tactic for training the Azawakh.

This dog is known to be somewhat suspicious of strangers, because of its guard-dog tendencies. It will also try and chase smaller animals like cats and rabbits, as it sees them as prey.

Because of this, it is important to keep the Azawakh on a leash in public.

After lots of socialization and training, the Azawakh is known to be loving, and comfortable with its family, as well as incredibly attached to its owner.

The dietary requirements of the Azawakh

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The Azawakh, despite its slim size, will eat a large portion of food every day. It is recommended that you feed it 3 cups of food a day, which will cost an owner roughly $50 a week.

The Azawakh is sensitive to protein and therefore will not enjoy sliced meats. Instead, feed the Azawakh diced fruit, kibble and wild rice.

How much exercise does the Azawakh need?

The Azawakh is a fairly active dog and will need a hefty 75 minutes of exercise a day. It will also need a dedicated 14 miles of walking per week.

Ways to reach these targets include daily walks, runs and jogs, as well as high agility games in the park.

If the Azawakh doesn’t get its needed exercise, it will become wary and suspicious of all humans.

Health concerns and conditions of the Azawakh

Possible illnesses include:

Azawakh ConclusionAn adult Azawakh sitting on grass

Overall, the Azawakh can be a difficult dog to both exercise, and train.

However, if you can commit to strict regimes, and afford the initial costs of purchasing this dog, the Azawakh will prove to be a fun, active companion that is ideal for fit families.

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