The Azawakh (African Greyhound), is a breed of dog lebrel, originating in Africa. It is also known by other names: Hanshee, Oska, Rawondu, Bareeru, Wulo, Tuareg Sloughi.
You could define this race as a African Hound 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 has a rare glucose isomerase allele (GPIB) It is produced only in foxes, jackals, Italian wolves, Sloughi dogs and other dogs of rare breeds that are not related to the Azawakh, and they are, mainly, in Japan.
Recent scientific studies of a genetic protein and blood of the Azawakh, addition to archaeological studies and direct observation of packs, they have thrown some ideas about the origin of the contemporary Azawakh breed. 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 of 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 population of Azawakh dogs has with a 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.
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 Whippet (they have showy, rounded muscle). In this sense (muscle), is more similar to the Saluki.
In Africa, a variety of colors is great in the Azawakh dogs, 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 is a very good dog for hunting. 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 and Basenji, the Azawakh bitch 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 living in packs live and are oriented 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 venátici, the main function of the Azawakh in his homeland is the 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 are very kind and caring, 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.
– Hanshee / Oska / Rawondu / Bareeru / Wulo / Tuareg Sloughi / Galgo Africano
Group 10 / Mali with sponsorship of France, Section 3 – sighthound of short hair.