History & Overview
Azawakh, also known as Tuareg Sloughi and Azawakh hound, is an African sighthound of the afro-asian type which appeared in Europe towards 1970 and came from the Nigerian middle basin, among others from the valley of the Azawkh. For hundreds of years, he has been the companion of the nomads of the South-Sahara.
Particularly leggy and elegant, the Azawakh sighthound gives a general impression of great fineness. His bone structure and musculature is transparent. The hair is short, fine, down to none on the belly.
The color is 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 a white “stocking” compulsorily, at least in the shape of a trace on the feet. The black brindle is admitted.
He is quick, attentive, reserved with strangers, but at the same time gentle and affectionate with those, he is willing to accept.
The dog is fast enough to catch gazelles, hares and European mouflon, courageous enough to ward off big predators, untiring like a camel and beautiful like an Arabian horse. The Azawakh doesn’t kill the prey, but rather hamstrings the quarry until the master arrives.