Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


15-25 Kg (Approx)

Life Span:

12-15 years


Particularly slim and elegant, the Azawakh sighthound gives a general impression of great slenderness. Its bone structure and muscles show through thin and dry skin. It is a slender dog whose body fits into a rectangle with a vertical long side.


It is an African sighthound descending from the types pictured in the wall paintings of the Central Sahara which date back thousands of years. The ever- increasing aridity of the Sahara caused Tuareg, Dahoussahaq and Peul shepherd-hunters to migrate with their dogs to the more hospitable lands of the Sahel: in areas suitable for farming and hunting along the dry valley of the Azawakh. Belonging to the culture of peoples who domesticated and shaped it, it is known as Oska in the Tuareg language. European enthusiasts discovered the breed with admiration, and selected with the help of the breeders who owned the first lines exported to Europe, as of 1968.


Quick, attentive, distant, can be very reserved with strangers, but it can be gentle and affectionate with its family, and people whom it is willing to accept.

Azawakh are very social and emotional. They need a master that provides firm but fair leadership. Azawakh thrive on companionship of other Azawakh.


The Azawakh short-haired, smooth coat requires minimal care. Gentle weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush or hound glove should keep him looking his best, with an occasional bath only as needed. His ears should be regularly inspected for dirt or build up of excess wax and cleaned if needed with soft gauze and an ear-cleaning solution The nails should be trimmed often if not worn down naturally, as overly long nails can cause the dog discomfort.


Currently no Breeders in SA for this Breed