Azawakh (Tuareg Sloughi)
Mali FCI 307 . Short-haired Sighthounds


The Azawakh they are excellent companions for runners and are nearly impervious to heat.



The Azawakh (Tuareg Sloughi), It is a breed of dog of the type “Short-haired Sighthounds”, originating in Africa. It is also known by other names: Hanshee, Oska, Rawondu, Bareeru, Wulo, Tuareg Sloughi.

You could define this race as a Sighthound African Afroasiatic model which appeared in Europe in the year 1970, from the middle of the Niger Basin (Mali) and in particular of the Valley of the Azawakh. For centuries it is inseparable from the Sub-Saharan African nomads partner.

Something curious is that the Azawakh possesses a rare allele of glucose isomerase (GPIB) It is produced only in foxes, jackals, Italian wolves, dogs Sloughi and other rare breed dogs not related to him Azawakh, and they are, mainly, in Japan.

Recent scientific studies of a genetic protein and the blood of Azawakh, addition to archaeological studies and direct observation of packs, have thrown some ideas about the origin of the breed Azawakh contemporary. One of them says that, they come from the population of sub-Saharan Africa stray dogs, and, also among her ancestors is the Basenji and the Sloughi from the Maghreb. Despite morphological similarities, mitochondrial DNA tests show that only very distantly, is related to other dogs.

As a whole, this evidence suggests that the dog population Azawakh count with one unique genetic heritage What, It has been kept pure, perhaps by having been largely isolated from the populations of other dog breeds, for thousands of years.

Physical characteristics

Its morphology is very similar to the Hound of the Middle East and some Hounds of the India, Although there are several obvious differences. As for example, a very short and smooth mantle, nearly absent in the womb; and hind legs longer than the height with the front to the cross. Moves with a walk, clearly, feline and can be found in a wide variety of colors, in degraded, striped, Although the format is, basically, a solid color.

The Azawakh, is a slim dog, elegant and his eyes the color of almonds, give fair air of sweetness to your eyes.
The standard rules, they require a dog from 15 - 25 kg, and with a height of 61 - 74 cm.. Her bone structure is, clearly, through the skin and like your muscles. Your muscles say, are “dry”, which means that they are very flat, Unlike in the Greyhound and the Whippet (they have showy, rounded muscle). In this sense (muscle), is more similar to the Saluki.

In Africa, a variety of colors are found in dogs Azawakh, How to be red, Beige, blue, grey, and, black and blue rarely. Also, White machitas can be found in different colours (not many). Due to this color variation in the entire native population of Azawakh, the American standard used by the AKC and UKC allows any combination of the colors found in Africa.

In United States, the standard of FCI It has been modified to have no restrictions on color. The colors allowed in the standard of the breed by the FCI, These are sand or light to dark beige; brown, Red and striped (with or without, Dark mask), with pechera whitetip, the tail and white on the legs (It can be on the tip of the toes or middle high). In the news, the white stockings that go above the elbow joint is considered a descalificatoria feature in France, as well as a collar of white collar or half (the strong Irish).

The Azawakh it is a very good hunting dog. They are very agile, and despite pretend fragility, they are very hardy dogs and are usually very fast curing injuries caused by their vigorous careers.

Similar to the Tibetan Mastiff (Do-Khy) and the Basenji, the dog Azawakh usually a zeal to the year. Y, so the puppies born healthy, the standard says it should not attend the animal at birth. The size of the litters tend to be of 4 - 6 Puppies, but it can have litters as small as a puppy and as large as eight.

Character and skills

The Azawakh, you need a fairly high level of exercise and the chance to perform regular racing great indoor to spend energy... They often dig holes in the garden, If you feel bored or overwhelmed energy.

They are excellent training companions for runners and they are nearly impervious to heat. They withstand very high temperatures (typical of desert areas), temperatures that would kill any other galgo…

The Azawakh that live in packs live and orient themselves in social forms of complex hierarchies. They have a tremendous memory and are able to recognize each other after long periods of separation. They often find themselves sleeping crouched with others looking for warmth and company.

the Azawakh is lively, attentive, reserved and little sociable with strangers, with whom you can be aggressive if it feels threatened its integrity or that of his master. He is very affectionate with those to what he considers his friends. They need a master which will give them a firm but fair leadership education.

Unlike other Sighthounds, the main function of the Azawakh in his homeland is that of Protector and guardian of cattle (and people). They often develop an intense bond with his owner, Although they are very independent dog, Although very attached to their masters for all corporate.

The majority of the Azawakh, anything you like rain and cold.

With the known and accepted by the family, the Azawakh they are very kind and loving, show reserved with strangers, suspicious and prefer not to bring, not to be touched, but they are not aggressive, as we said, unless they see or feel threatened.


Initially, It was considered a variety of the Arabic Hound.


The Azawakhs they are proud and independent. They respond well to positive reinforcement techniques, But heavy-handed methods or punishments will make them shut down, resist or even be aggressive. However, with the right teacher who gives them the right motivation, learn quickly and easily.

On the other hand, may show adaptation difficulties (for example, when changing ownership, move to another house, etc.). For this reason, puppies need extensive socialization with people, new places and situations. This process must continue throughout your life, even after becoming adults.


The Azawakh it is a resistant dog that does not have a special predisposition to certain diseases.

However, due to its short coat and extreme thinness, not the best choice for people who live in humid or cold climates. In general, covering him with a dog coat or fleece can help maintain his body temperature when he is out in winter. Inside, you need a padded pad to rest your bony body.

Life expectancy

12 years


The short coat of the Azawakh requires little maintenance. A weekly brushing is enough.

In addition, the Azawakh he is not known for losing a lot of hair.

In addition, it is not necessary to bathe the dog: not only does it not develop a doggy odor, but even when it gets dirty in the mud, you just have to wait for it to dry and then remove the residue with a vigorous brushing.


In Africa, the Azawakh share his masters' ration and get his share of the hunt after the hunt.

Historically, have been used to a low-protein rice-based diet, millet and goat's milk. For this reason, you are prone to digestive problems if you eat a lot of protein-rich foods, as with many dog ​​foods.

Breeders of Azawakh recommend a diet with a 9% fat and a 22% protein. They also recommend 3-4 small meals a day, since the dog becomes gluttonous if he only eats once a day.

In addition, this dog appreciates occasional servings of starchy food, like pasta and brown rice, as well as fruit and vegetables (bananas, carrots, etc.).

Last but not least, critics who point to his thinness as a sign of malnutrition must understand that this dog is made for speed and cannot be fat. Standards call for thin skin stretched over a bony, muscular frame.


The Azawakh has long been used by Sahelian tribes as a hare hunting dog, antelope and wild boar.

Also used as a watchdog and companion dog.

In addition, in the western world, stand out in the canirun, a leisure run consisting of chasing a mechanically controlled artificial lure.

Last but not least, these skinny dogs, muscular and resistant they are excellent companions for runners and globetrotters.

Characteristics "Azawakh (Tuareg Sloughi)"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Azawakh (Tuareg Sloughi)" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 10: Sighthounds
  • Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Group 10: Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds
  • El American Kennel Club (AKC) – Hounds
  • Standard KC (The Kennel Club) – Hound
  • Standard UKC (United Kennel Club) – Sighthound and Pariah

FCI breed standard "Azawakh (Tuareg Sloughi)"

FCIFCI - Azawakh (Tuareg Sloughi)

Alternative names:

    1. Idi, Hanshee, Oska, Rawondu, Bareeru, Wulo,(formerly) Tuareg Sloughi (English).
    2. Sighthound, Oska (French).
    3. Idi, Osca, Tuareg-Windhund (German).
    4. Tuareg Sloughi (Portuguese).
    5. Tuareg Sloughi (Spanish).
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