General Information

Dog NameAzawakh
Other NamesWulo
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
Country of OriginMali

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male19
Max Ideal Weight for male17
Min Ideal Weight for female15
Max Ideal Weight for male17


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentGentle, Affectionate, Independent
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginMali
Nicknames and Other NamesWulo, Idi, Rawondu, Oska, Bareeru,
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
Bred ForHunting antelope, hare, wild boar
Recognized ByUKC, AKC, FCI, NZKC, KC (UK), ANKC
Life Span12-15 years
Ideal Weight44-55 pounds (male)
33-44 pounds (female)
Ideal Height25-29 inches (male)
23.5-27.5 inches (female)
Fur TypeShort
Common ColorsBlack, White, Blue, Sandy, Red, Brindle,
Brown, Gray, Fawn, Cream
MarkingsBlack Mask, White Markings, Brindle
Markings, Piebald, Grizzle Markings,
AchievementsAwarded the TT (Temperament Tested
title in the US
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToGreyhound

This breed forms extreamly close attachments to its family member. They generally express their affection openly and most are reserved in Africa. They dislike being touched by people they don’t know. They are protective towards their people and property.

The dog of this breed is extremely graceful and have a spectacular and seemingly effortless gait. They can run with a speed of 40 miles per hour.

Origin and History

The Azawakh is the West African sighthound breed which originates from the countries like Burkina Faso, Mali, and Nigeria. They were used for centuries as a protection animal by many different peoples of the different region.

The Azawakh was developed by nomadic tribes, they were originated as a guardian, hunter, and companion to nomads. They were bred for hunting Hare, Antelope, and Wild Boar as they are tough, durable, and very fast.

They are known to be very variable and temperament. Azawakh is a very ancient breed which has a considerably more similar personality to primitive breed Basenji.

Is The Dog Child-Friendly?

If you have young children or very active children who want a dog as a playmate then this Azawakh is not the dog for you. They don’t tend to play with kids.

Azawakh is okay for older children who like to spend their time playing video games or reading. However, he can be a good companion, as long as someone in the family provides the exercise he needs.

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

Azawakhs are tall, slender dogs originated in West Africa. At first glance, they may look skinny and undernourished but don’t let the first glance fool you they are super powerful animals with lots of stamina and strong eyesight.

They have large almond-shaped eyes and long slender muzzles. They have triangular ears that lies against their cheeks and their chests are deep but doesn’t reach below the elbows.

Azawakh is known For Its Speed
Azawakh are Fastest Dog
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Being sighthounds, they’re attracted by motion and are likely to chase animals, running children and people on bi-cycle and skateboards. But on the other hand they can be a perfect companions for joggers and runners.


Azawakh is independent-minded breeds they can be dominant despite their tendency to be touchy. To train them you need to set rules and enforce them kindly and consistently.

Azawakhs are smart and sensitive breed and adores to respond best to reward-based positive reinforcement. They don’t respond if harsh treatment are applied on them.

Azawakh  Have Expressive Legs
Leggy Azawakh.
Image Via AKC

You need to be very patient with them. Loud scolding or physical punishment can destruct the trust between your pet and you and cause your dog to become fearful or aggressive.

They can be perfect companion for those who can understand them, socialize them properly and train them from puppyhood with a firm, fair hand. As they are aggressively independent and smart, training should start as early as possible.

Unknown Facts About Azawakh

  • Azawakh name is pronounced as OZ-A-WOK.
  • Azawakh need at least half an hour exercise in a day.
  • They like to be around with other Azawakhs.
  • This dog do not like cold weather.
  • They (unfortunately) love to dig.

Common Health Problems You Need to Be Aware Of

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Anesthesia Sensitivity,
Heart Problems, Skin Allergies
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Parvovirus
SheddingModerate Shedding
GroomingEasy and Minimal required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
AllergiesSkin allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein- 25%
Fat- 13%
Glucosamine, Calcium suppliments

Azawakh have a number of health issues like :

  • Azawakh are sensitive to weather extremes, particularly cold or wet weather.
  • Lack of exercise may cause obesity and lethargy or hyperactivity and destructiveness.
  • They suffer from seizures, the most common cause of seizures in the dog, is an inherited disorder. Other causes are brain tumor, brain trauma or toxins liver disease and kidney failure

Coat Colour Of Azawakh

Azawakh Breed comes in different colours like:

  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Blue fawn
  • Dark fawn
  • Clear Sand
  • Gizzle

Price of Azawakh puppy

The Azawakh breed very rare and hard to find in common homes. The average price of Azawakh puppy not adding the cost of shipping will be around $2000.00 – $2500.00 per puppy.

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