The Azawakh is a delicately-framed sight hound that originates from Mali in Africa. This graceful, long-legged breed of dog has a very sensitive nature and requires gentle handling.

Azawakh Breed Group


Size of the Azawakh

The Azawakh is medium to large in terms of height, but with a light body weight for its height.

Country of origin

The Azawakh originates from Mali in Africa.

Time of original development

The exact time of the Azawakh is unclear, but it’s thought to be a very old dog breed going back a few thousand years.

The Azawakh through history

The delicate frame and visible and prominent bone structure of the Azawakh make this dog look quite dainty and gentle. However, looks can be deceiving. This is a very strong, very fast dog that was originally used for hunting hare and gazelle. The dogs worked in packs, chasing groups of gazelle, each dog taking turns to chase in order to tire and seize their prey.

The Azawakhs were also used as guard dogs, protecting the cattle of the various nomads of the Sahara desert. The short coat of the breed meant they were able to tolerate the heat better than many breeds. These dogs were given total respect by the nomads who prized and cherished their dogs.

Azawakh Breed introduction and overview

The Azawakh is a lean, lithe tall dog with a body shape and type similar to a Saluki. The dog has bones that protude through the very short coat, that gives the appearance of it appearing underweight. The breed was thought to be developed from Afghan Hounds, Salukis and the Sloughi.

The Azawakhs like being with others in their group and are happiest in packs. Azawakhs will curl up together and sleep.
It may come as no surprise that the Azawakh, with its roots lying in the heat of the Sahara, dislikes cold weather and rain!

Unfortunately this breed is rarely seen in the UK with just 2 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in the whole of 2015.

Azawakh temperament

The Azawakh is generally placid, with a gentle and slightly sensitive nature. It can be a little aloof with unfamiliar humans and dogs, but rarely aggressive. It does tend to form close bonds with its owner. The Azawakh is not suitable for families with cats, smaller pets and  other breeds of dogs.

Colour varieties of the Azawakh

The Azawakh comes in a variety of colours which include:
•    Red
•    Red Brindle
•    Red Brindle and White
•    Red Fawn
•    Sable
•    Sand
•    Sandy and White

Size and weight of the Azawakh

Height bitch 61-74cms

Height dog 61-74cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 15-25gs

Weight (kilos) dog 15-25kgs

Exercise requirements of the Azawakh

The Azawakh is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. This dog needs access to plenty of secure open spaces to exercise adequately.

Is the Azawakh a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This breed is better suited to an experienced handler, and in any case the Azawakh is very rare. Prospective owners may want to consider a Saluki or Greyhound as an alternative dog breed with similar characteristics.

Azawakh coat length

Very short.

Grooming requirements of the Azawakh

Low. The short no-fuss coat requires little grooming, although a regular brushing with a good quality bristle brush or chamois leather will add a lovely sheen to the coat.


Yes. The breed has a very short coat, and reported not to shed making it a possible choice of dog for allergy sufferers. Sadly, this is a very rare dog.

Health issues in the Azawakh

No health issues have yet been recorded, but the Azawakh appears to be a healthy and hardy breed.

Average lifespan of the Azawakh

A healthy Azawakh should expect to enjoy an expected lifespan of around 12-14 years.

Approximate Azawakh pedigree puppy price

No price is currently available as only two dogs were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. Dogs have so far been imported. There are generally 4-8 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much an Azawakh would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing between 15-25kgs will require around 237-330gms of complete dry food daily.

A bitch weighing 20kgs will cost around £7.00 per week to feed.

A dog weighing 25kgs will cost around £8.00 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential routine pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:
•    Worming and fleas preparations
•    Annual Vaccination boosters
•    Neutering or spaying
•    Microchipping
•    Dental treatment