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Dog Group: Hound Group
Activity Needs: Regular Exercise
Barking Level: Infrequent
Coat Type: Short
Breed Size: Medium (26-60Lbs)
Training Level: Independent
Characteristics: Best Family Dogs, Good With Other Dogs, Not Good With Small Children
Shedding Levels: Infrequent
Azawakh are notable for being intelligent and loving and exceptionally devoted with their family members. They are still typically independent in spirit, though.
They are most likely not the best dog for inexperienced owners. Their unique individuality mean they can require a lot of additional training, and they really don’t always accommodate homes with young children.
They may sometimes become extremely protective of their territory and humans when they feel endangered. Their reaction to strangers could vary from friendly, to uninterested, to wary or hostile. Early and recommended socialization and continuing constructive reinforcement training around new people will be important to prevent them developing a serious reception to strangers.
Once they take on the role of protector, they tend to be very vocal too.
Azawakh usually have a strong attraction towards those of the same breed. It really isn’t unheard of for enthusiasts of Azawakhs to have one or more, and they will often have an exceptionally close bond. They often get on well inside a multi-dog home, though they might be dominant.
Their hunting instincts suggest that they could have a high prey drive. Although they could get on very well with cats, careful introductions should be made to make sure their pursuit impulses are not triggered.
You may have to work extra hard to achieve a solid recall in the event they are driven to chase. You should never permit them off-leash in open areas till you have achieved this.
Like various other Sighthounds, they can be referred to as speedy couch potatoes. Providing they are getting plenty of daily exercise, and the opportunity to release some of their energy.
They have a low-to-zero maintenance grooming regime, and their coat will only need a rub down about once weekly and keep it glossy and in great condition. Their thin coat, very little body fat and desert pedigree suggest they don’t like the cold. In the winter months, it is important to ensure that they have a suitable doggy jacket to keep warm.
Diet and Nutrition
It is essential to feed any dog a high quality and appropriately portion-controlled diet. The breed is naturally very slim, and there can be a tendency to overfeed them to “fatten them up”. Just because you can see their ribs, it does not mean they are overweight. If you overfeed them, this can lead to obesity. This can result in a whole host of further help problems, and it can put a strain on their delicate joints. If in doubt, it is worth seeking advice from your Vet or a qualified Canine Nutritionist.