The Azawakh is a Rare Breed of Dog

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The Azawakh

If you are interested in bringing a dog into your home, you might consider the Azawakh. It has an exciting look that some have described as a star ballerina to a miniature Arabian horse. It is taller then it is in length. The dark expressive eyes can melt the owner’s heart. The elegant neck and their skinny bodies allow this breed to reach 23 to 29 inches in height. When full-grown, this breed of dog usually weighs between 33 to 55 pounds. The weight depends on its gender. If you see the ribs of your companion, then you know it is at a healthy weight. These dogs basically worship their human family. Once they become familiar with other dogs and cats, they are gentle dogs.

Azawakh Valley

The Azawakh is named after the area where they originated, the Azawakh Valley. It is known as a “landrace.” This means that these dogs evolved to function in a specific location. The Azawakh has traveled with nomadic tribes for more than a thousand years. Discoveries by archaeologists believe the dog may have lived 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.

West Africa

It is believed that the hot, arid environment of West Africa made the dog the way it is – a leggy, lean dog with great speed. The dogs are bred by nomadic tribes and are strong and sound dogs that tolerate extreme heat. The first Azawakh moving to Europe was given to a Yugoslavian diplomat, Burkina Faso, in the 1970s. A decade later, the first of the breed arrived in America, where the initial natural-born Azawakh litter was born on Halloween, 1987. The following year the American Azawakh Association was created.

Owners Give Praise

The American Azawakh Association director Fabian Arienti, also an AKC judge, who previously bred Pomeranians for about 40 years, saw the Azawakh at a dog show in Argentina in 1992. Reportedly he fell in love with the breed. He said, “They look for me, like a piece of art.” He recently presented three of the six Azawakhs exhibited at the breed competition. Despite their appeal, the breed remains quite rare outside of Africa. 

If You Want One You Should First Know This

People who are interested in owning one of these beautiful dogs should understand that the puppies do not like cold and wet weather. They also need a lot of exercise and socialization. However, they will become your most loyal and adoring guardian and companion. Surprisingly, the Azawakh puppy is not nearly as expensive as other puppies considering their rarity and difficulty in finding a breeder. The average cost for a puppy, not including shipping, will be around $2,000 to $2,500.

Don’t forget to add the cost of maintenance for your puppy when figuring your budget. It is estimated that the “upkeep” for one of these puppies runs from $500 to $2,000 for the first year; every year after that, the cost is estimated at about $500 to $1,000.