The Azawakh takes his name from the Azawakh Valley in the Niger Basin in Africa, where he lived a nomadic life with the tribes of the Sahara. As sighthounds they were used mostly on gazelle, hunting in packs, taking turns and thus exhausting their prey. They were much valued by their owners for their beauty and speed, rather like the Arabian horse. The Azawakh was also used as guardian of the camp.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
SLOUGHI - AZAWAKH Rasstandard med kommentarer (Swedish)
Other Names for Breed:
“idii ‘n illeli,” which means “sighthound of the free people”
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
France is the patron country of the Azawakh.
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
2. Finland: Koiranet: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?Lang=en&R=307
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database: http://www.dogwellnet.com/content/_/health-and-breeding/screening-tests/dna/dna-tests-for-use-in-breeding-decisions/the-kennel-club-breed-specific-dna-tests-upd-r234
Article: THE NORTH AFRICAN LURCHER
by David Hancock
Article: The Azawakh
By Deb Kidwell
Azawakh International: http://www.azawakhinternational.net/door.htm
The Azawakh in Africa and Europe
Azawakh expedition Sahel 2007
Voyage / expédition au Sahel en 2007 à la rencontre des nomades et de leurs lévriers Azawakh.
L'expédition était essentiellement composée d'éleveurs de chiens
The AZAWAKH - an interview with Dr.Gabriele Meißen - Gabriele Meissen: Back from the Precipice
2010-11-29 First published in the German Sighthound magazine "Unsere Windhunde" November 2008
DVM Gabriele Meissen, PhD translated into English by David Moore (Daoud Abdullah Abdullah)
Azawakh: The Camp Guardians of the Tuareg People
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Primitive and Aboriginal Dog Society: Source: https://ngsdconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/koler-yates-ngsd-status-1-1.pdf
"Werner Roeder and Elizabeth Naumann share with us the results of their studies on the Azawakh and the problems associated with the preservation of this remarkable breed in its country of origin and in the possession of dog show fanciers."
AZAWAKH IN ITS ANCIENT DISTRIBUTION RANGE
GENETIC IMPOVERISHMENT OF THE AZAWAKH IN EUROPE?
Problems of preserving aboriginal breeds outside their region of origin
Azawakhs de Garde-Épée
Contribution to the study of sighthounds in the southern Sahara
FOR THE VETERINARY PHD
Submitted and defended publicly in 1975
Before the Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse
Born 4th August 1947 at GUER (Morbihan)
(Translation in english : Susan BAMFORD)
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
US: American Azawakh Association: http://azawakh.org/
UK: The Azawakh Association of the United Kingdom: https://www.azawakhassociation.co.uk/
Switzerland: Club Azawakh Swiss: https://azawakh.ch/
France: Club du Lévrier Azawakh: http://azawakh.club/ - Breed articles in many languages!!!
SCC: Les Lévriers Azawakhs de GARDE-ÉPÉE
Germany: Deutscher Windhundzucht- und Rennverband - Faszination Windhunde: https://www.windhundverband.de/rassen/azawakh/
Finland: Suomen Vinttikoiraliitto: http://www.suomenvinttikoiraliitto.fi/
Czech Republic: Klub saharských chrtů – Azawakh, Sloughi | oficiální klubové stránky: http://www.azawakh-sloughi.cz/cs/