Azawakh Greyhound

Other names: Southern Saharan Greyhound, Touareg Greyhound, Sloughi Touareg

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The Azawakh Greyhound is a slender conformation dog, with an appearance full of elegance and finesse, endowed with fine muscles and bones. The gaits of the Azawakh Greyhound are characterized by supple movements, raised both at the walk and at the trot, but also by a leaping gallop.



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Hair type Short
Origin Mali
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 16 kg to 22 kg From 60 cm to 68 cm
Male From 20 kg to 25 kg From 64 cm to 74 cm
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History of the breed

A versatile sight hunter , the Azawakh Greyhound was also traditionally used to keep predators at bay . He courageously faced hyenas, jackals, and even lions. He has long accompanied the nomads Tuaregs, Peuls and Dahoussahaqs across the hostile Saharan expanses, towards the Sahel. Among the Tuaregs, it is called Oska. The Azawakh Greyhound began to be exported and bred in Europe from the late 1960s . The race of Greyhound Azawakh was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on June 3, 1980. Its official FCI standard in force was published on November 3, 2014.

Physical features

His hair: very short, fine, absent in the belly.
Its color: fawn (black brindle or not) in all shades (light sand to dark fawn). Presence of black mask on the muzzle allowed.
His head: elongated, fine, narrow, lean and well defined. The skull is almost flattened, less wide than long. The superciliary arches, the frontal furrow and the stop are not very marked. The nose is black or dark brown, the nostrils well open, the muzzle elongated, straight and fine, the lips thin, well joined, black or dark brown, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, the cheeks flat.
His ears: thin, drooping, flat, set high, triangular in shape and rounded ends. Slightly raised when the dog is attentive.
His eyes: large, almond-shaped, dark or amber in color.
His body: writable in a rectangle and giving an impression of elegance and finesse. The neck is well extended, long and finely muscled, the top line straight, the withers well extended, the kidney short, the croup inclined at 45 °, the chest high, the chest narrow, the ribs long and slightly visible, the belly climbed very high.
Its tail: low set, of good length, not very thick, covered with a short hair and endowed with a white brush at the end. Drooping when the dog is at rest, raised above the horizontal when in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Azawakh Greyhound   is a very reserved dog towards people he does not know. On the other hand, he is very gentle towards his master and the members of his family , to whom he knows how to be affectionate . The Azawakh Greyhound is therefore a good daily companion, but his favorite field is hunting , a role for which he has traditionally been bred. Broken to the difficult living conditions of the nomads he accompanied, he inherited a fairly assertive character, but without being excessively stubborn. Lively and particularly attentive , it was used for sight hunting for gazelle, ostrich or hare.

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The education of the Azawakh Greyhound should be based on a balanced mix of firmness and softness . A sensitive dog, he should not be subjected to any form of brutality. Positive reinforcement methods are recommended for the Azawakh Greyhound, who likes to learn and to work.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Azawakh Greyhound   is made more for living in a house with a large garden than in an apartment. He needs space, a lot of freedom, as well as an available and attentive master.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Azawakh Greyhound   is a robust dog, resistant , but who cannot stand the cold . It should therefore be kept indoors when temperatures are low. As long as he receives the necessary care and attention, he does not raise any particular health concerns.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Azawakh Greyhound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Azawakh Greyhound   is a very simple dog and not very restrictive to maintain . Its short hair does not require any particular effort in its care.

A good weekly brushing is enough to ensure the cleanliness of the skin and the coat of the Azawakh Greyhound. The inside of his ears and pads should be inspected after each ride. It can be bathed only if it is really necessary. In this case, it is advisable to use a mild shampoo suitable for his delicate skin.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of an Azawakh Greyhound is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of an Azawakh Greyhound is between 450 € and 650 €.

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The Azawakh Greyhound needs a high quality diet suitable for his level of exercise, size and age. Its food can be divided into 3 or 4 small meals a day . Intense physical activity should be avoided just before and after a meal to avoid any risk of bloating.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Azawakh Greyhound   needs a lot of activity on a daily basis . He must be able to run freely as often as possible and cover long distances. 2 walks of a good hour every day are recommended.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1980


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