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Azawakh Canada


Some general information about Azawakh!

Appearance: 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.

Height and weight: 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 lie quite flat, unlike the Greyhound and Whippet. In this respect it is similar in type to the Saluki.

Colors: In Africa, Azawakh are found in a variety of colors such as red, blue fawn (that is, with a lilac cast), grizzle, and, rarely, blue and black. The Azawakh in its native land also comes with various white markings including Irish marked (white collar) and particolour (mostly white). Because of this wide color variation in the native population, the American standard used by the AKC and UKC allows any color combination found in Africa. In the United States, the FCI standard is modified to have no color restrictions at a minimum and there is a strong sentiment that the FCI standard should be heavily edited or replaced.

Colors permitted by the FCI breed standard are clear sand to dark fawn/brown, red and brindle (with or without a dark mask), with white bib, tail tip, and white on all feet (which can be tips of toes to high stockings). Currently, white stockings that go above the elbow joint are considered disqualifying features in France, as is a white collar or half collar (Irish marked).

The Azawakh’s light, supple, lissome gait is a notable breed characteristic, as is an upright double suspension gallop.

Care: Azawakh need a fairly high level of exercise and should have regular runs off lead in large enclosed areas to run off steam. The dogs are very social and emotional. They need a master that provides firm but fair leadership. Azawakh thrive on companionship of other Azawakh.

Temperament: Unlike other sighthounds, the primary function of the Azawakh in its native land is that of protector. It develops an intense bond with his owner, yet can perform independently from its master. With those they accept, Azawakh are gentle and extremely affectionate. With strangers many are reserved and prefer not to be touched, but are not inherently aggressive. Although raised to protect livestock, they do not have innate aggression toward canine nor human unless they are threatened.

Origines et histoire: C’est un Lévrier africain de modèle afro-asiatique, qui est apparu en Europe vers 1970, provenant du moyen Bassin nigérien (République du Mali) et en particulier de la vallée de l’Azawakh. Il est le compagnon des nomades subsahariens depuis des centaines d’années.

Élancé et élégant, l'Azawakh donne une impression générale de grande finesse. La tête est longue, fine, sèche et bien conformée, plutôt étroite mais sans excès. Le stop est très peu marqué. Les yeux sont en forme d’amande, plutôt grands. Les oreilles ont une attache plutôt haute : elles sont fines, toujours tombantes et plates. Leur base est large, elles adhèrent au crâne et ne sont jamais en forme de rose. La queue est attachée bas, longue, fine, sèche et effilée. Elle présente un petit panache à la pointe.

Poil : ras, fin, absent sur le ventre.

Couleur : fauve, avec des taches blanches sur les extrémités. Toutes les nuances sont admises, du sable clair au fauve sombre. La tête peut ou non porter un masque noir et parfois une bande. On trouve une tache blanche sur les joues. Les quatre membres comportent obligatoirement une balzane, au moins sous forme de trace, sur les pieds. Certaines organisations acceptent une palette plus élargie de couleurs (AKC, UKC).

Taille : 64 à 74 cm pour le mâle et 60 à 70 cm pour la femelle

Poids : 20 à 25 kg pour le mâle et 15 à 20 kg pour la femelle

Caractère et aptitudes : Tant par sa morphologie que par sa psychologie, formées par son milieu naturel, l'Azawakh exprime sa vocation de très bon chasseur de proies rapides et de compagnon particulièrement fidèle de l’homme. Vif et attentif, il est peu sociable et réservé : il peut même être agressif envers les inconnus, alors qu’il est doux et affectueux avec ceux qu’il identifie comme des amis.

Azawakh Breed: Standard FCI No 307

Azawakh Breed: UKC Standard (revised 2009)

Azawakh Breed: AKC Standard

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