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Azawakh (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Breed Information


2022: #194

2021: #185

2020: #193

2019: #190

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Name Azawakh
Other names Idi, Hanshee, Oska, Rawondu, Bareeru, Wulo, Tuareg Sloughi
Origin Mali
Breed Group Sighthound & Pariah (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years









Male: 25–29 inches (64–74 cm)

Female: 24–28 inches (60–70 cm)


Male: 44–55 pounds (20–25 kg)

Female: 33–44 pounds (15–20 kg)









Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $2500 USD

The Azawakh breed is very rare and it is hard to find a breeder. The average price for an Azawakh puppy not including the cost of shipping will most likely be around $2000 - $2500 per puppy.

Breed Characteristics


2 stars

Apartment Friendly

4 stars

The Azawakh will do okay in an apartment if it gets enough exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do. Azawakhs are sensitive to the cold but do well in cold climates as long as they wear a coat outside.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

Child Friendly

2 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

Azawakhs that are kept as pets should have regular opportunities to run free on open ground as well as have long, brisk walks daily, preferably at the same time every day.


1 stars

The smooth, shorthaired coat is very easy to groom. Simply comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


3 stars

Ranking: (N/A) Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Minimal Shedding: Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

1 stars


3 stars

Difficult Training: The Azawakh isn't deal for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It is moderately protective of its owners and are generally considered to be good guardians.

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Azawakh Puppy (Puppies, Lying)
Puppies, Lying

Azawakh Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Molly
02 Max Bella
03 Toby Coco
04 Jack Luna
05 Rocky Abbie
06 Charlie Daisy
07 Oliver Zoey
08 Oscar Stella
09 Jake Roxy
10 Bailey Penny
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


Morphology is very similar to that of the Middle Eastern and South Indian sight hounds, all swift, high-bred coursing hounds, although there are several obvious differences. For example, a short, flat back combined with long legs place the hips higher than the withers. The Azawakh is almond eyed and thin. It moves with a distinctly feline gait and can be found in a variety of colors as well as varying degrees of refinement, though format is basically constant. The standards call for a hound from 33 to 55 pounds (15 to 25 kg); its height is 24 to 29 inches (61 to 74 cm). The coat is very short and almost absent on the belly. Its bone structure shows clearly through the skin and musculature. Its muscles are "dry", meaning that they are quite flat, unlike the Greyhound and Whippet. In this respect it is similar in type to the Saluki.

Relative to its native environment, the smooth-coated Azawakh hound mentally and structurally manifests his vocation as hunter, protector and companion. Quick, attentive, distant, proud and alert, he remains instinctively reserved with strangers and gentle with those he loves. Socialize well. Especially slender and elegant, his frame and muscles are visible under a dry, fine skin. The Azawakh has a natural tendency to guard. Be sure you are this dog's calm, but firm, confident and consistent pack leader. Does best with an owner who is even-tempered, displaying a natural, but gentle authority over the dog. Independent and exceptionally fast, these dogs can reach up to 37 mph (60 km/h).


The Azawakh originated in the Sahel region of Africa. They have been bred by the numerous nomadic tribes of the Southern Sahara as hunting and guard dogs, as well as companions. The hound's vocations were, and still are, the chase, guarding and companionship. The nomads considered the dogs to be a show piece as well as a hunting dog. The Azawakh was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

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