Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Azawakh

Azawakh


ORIGIN

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FCI
Mali.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
03.11.2014.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Sight hunting. The nomads considered the dog equally as a « show piece » and as a companion.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 3Short-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial

UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
It is an African sighthound of afro-asian type which appeared in Europe towards 1970 and comes from the Nigerian middle basin, among others from the valley of the Azawakh. For hundreds of years he has been the companion of the nomads of the South-Sahara.
UKC
The Azawakh originated in the Sahel region of Africa. They have been bred by the numerous nomadic tribes of the Southern Sahara as hunting and guard dogs, as well as companions. The hound's vocations were, and still are, the chase, guarding and companionship. The nomads considered the dogs to be a show piece as well as a hunting dog. The Azawakh was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Particularly high in the leg and elegant, the Azawakh sighthound gives a general impression of great fineness. His bone structure and musculature are transparent beneath fine and lean tissues (skin). This sighthound presents itself as a racy dog whose body fits into a rectangle with its longer sides in vertical position.
UKC
The Azawakh is a smooth coated sighthound that is very refined and high on leg. In proportion, the breed is taller than it is long. The bone structure and musculature are visible beneath very fine skin.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

Length of body/height at the withers = 9 10. This ratio may be slightly superior in the bitches.
Depth of chest/height at the withers = about 4 10.
Length of muzzle/length of head = 1 2.
Width of skull/length of head = 4 10.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Quick, attentive, distant, reserved with strangers and may even be unapproachable, but he can be gentle and affectionate with those he is willing to accept.
UKC
The breed is quick and attentive. It is gentle and affectionate with people it accepts, but distant and reserved with strangers.

HEAD

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FCI
Long, fine, lean and chiselled, rather narrow, without excess.
UKC
The overall appearance of the head is long, dry, lean and chiseled. The planes of the skull and muzzle are often slightly divergent towards the front.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
It is almost flat, rather elongated. The width of the skull must definitely be inferior to half the length of the head. The directions of the axes of the skull and the muzzle are often slightly divergent towards the front. The superciliary arches and the frontal furrow are slightly marked. On the other hand, the occipital crest is clearly protruding and the occipital protuberance marked.
UKC
The width of the skull is distinctly less than half the length of the total head. The skull is almost flat, and rather elongated, with no pronunciation of eyebrow or frontal groove. The occiput is clearly defined and pronounced. The stop is slight.

Stop

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Very slightly marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Nostrils well opened. The nose is either black or brown.
UKC
The nostrils are well opened. The nose is generally either black or brown; however, nose color in the dilute colored dogs may vary.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long, straight, fine towards the front without exaggeration.
UKC
The muzzle is long and straight, tapering towards the tip but not pointed. The cheeks are flat.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws long and strong. Scissor bite.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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Flat.

Eyes

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FCI
Almond shaped, quite large. Their colour is dark or amber. Eyelids pigmented.
UKC
The rather large, almond-shaped eyes are hazel to dark brown in color. The eyelids are fully pigmented.

Ears

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FCI
Set quite high. They are fine, always drooping and flat, quite wide at the base, close to the skull, never a « rose ear ». Their shape is that of a triangle with a slightly rounded tip. Their base raises when the hound is attentive.
UKC
Set quite high, the fine ears are flat and droop close to the skull. They are broad at the base, and taper to a slightly rounded tip. At attention, the ears raise at the base.

NECK

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FCI
Good reach of neck which is long, fine and muscular, slightly arched. The skin is fine and does not form a dewlap.
UKC
The neck is long, fine, muscular and slightly arched. The skin is fine, and there is no dewlap.

BODY

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UKC
In proportion, the Azawakh is taller than it is long by about 10%. The chest is well developed in length, but not very wide, and the brisket does not reach to the elbows, giving the breed the look of being very high on leg. The distance from the top of the withers to the bottom of the chest is less than one-half the total height at the withers. The withers are quite prominent, and the topline is straight, either level or rising slightly to the hips. The ribs are long and visible under the skin, slightly curved down to the sternum. The loin is short, lean and may be slightly arched. The hip bones are distinctly protruding, and always placed as high as, or slightly higher than, the withers. The croup is gently sloping.

Topline

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FCI
Nearly straight, horizontal or slightly rising towards the hips.

Withers

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Quite prominent.

Loin

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Short, lean and often slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Hip bones: Distinctly protruding and always placed at an equal or superior height to the height of the withers.
Croup: Oblique without accentuated slant.

Chest

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FCI
Forechest: Not very wide.
Chest: Well developed in length, deep but without reaching elbow level. It is not very wide but must have enough space for the heart, so, the sternal region of the chest must not abruptly become narrow.
Ribs: Long, visible, slightly and evenly curved down to the sternum.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Underline: The sternal arch is accentuated and joined without abruptness to the belly which is tucked up very high below the lumbar arch.

TAIL

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FCI
Set low, long, thin, lean and tapered. Is covered with the same type of hair as that of the body and has a white brush at its extremity. Is carried hanging with the tip slightly raised, but when the dog is excited, it can be carried above the horizontal.
UKC
The low set tail is long, lean and tapers towards the tip. It has a white brush at the tip. In repose, the tail is carried low, with the tip slightly raised. When the dog is excited, the tail can be carried above the horizontal.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Long, fine, almost entirely vertical; legs perfectly well-set.
UKC
The shoulder blades are long, lean and muscular. They are only slightly sloping when viewed from the side. The angle of the shoulder blade and upper arm is very open (approximately 130 degrees).

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, lean and muscular and only slightly slanting seen in profile. The scapulo-humeral angle is very open (about 130°).

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are long, dry and straight, with clean, fine bones. The pasterns are straight and flexible.

FEET

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UKC
The feet are round, with fine, close toes and pigmented pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
Rounded shape, with fine and tightly closed toes; the pads are pigmented.

Hind feet

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Round shaped. Pads are pigmented.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Seen as a whole: Long and lean; legs perfectly vertical.
UKC
Long and lean, with straight, vertical legs. The angle of the pelvis and femur is very open (about 130 degrees).

Thigh

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FCI
Long with prominent and lean muscles. The coxo-femoral angle is very open (about 130°).

Stifle

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FCI
The femoro-tibial angle is very open (about 145°).

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are long, and have prominent, lean muscles. The angle at the stifle is very open. The hock joint is straight, and the rear pasterns are lean. There are no dewclaws.

Hock

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FCI
Hock joint and hock are straight and lean, without dewclaws.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Always very supple (lissom) and with particularly high action at the trot and the walk. The galop is bouncy. The Azawakh gives a great impression of lightness, even elasticity. The movement is an essential point of the breed.
UKC
Correct movement is an essential characteristic of the breed. It must be light, supple and elastic, with high action at the trot and the walk.

SKIN

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FCI
Fine, tight over the whole of the body.
UKC
The skin is fine and tight.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short, fine, down to none on the belly.
UKC
The coat is short and fine, sparse to non-existent on the belly.

COLOUR

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FCI
Fawn with flecking limited to the extremities. All shades are admitted from light sable to dark fawn. The head may or may not have a black mask and the blaze is very inconstant. The coat has a white bib and a white brush at the tip of the tail. Each of the four limbs must have compulsorily a white « stocking », at least in shape of a trace on the feet. The black brindling is admitted.
UKC
Fawn, clear sand to dark red, white, black, gray, blue, parti-color, and all shades of brown to include chocolate. With or without white markings and dark mask. Brindle, grizzle and overlays may also be present.

SIZE

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UKC
Height ranges, measured at the withers: males, 25 to 29 inches; females 23½ to 27½ inches. Weight ranges from 44-55 pounds for males, 33-44 pounds for females.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs between 64 and 74 cm.
Bitches between 60 and 70 cm.

Weight

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FCI

Dogs about 20 - 25 kg.
Bitches about 15 - 20 kg.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • General appearance heavy.
  • Skull too wide.
  • Accentuated stop.
  • Body too long.
  • Hip bones placed distinctly lower than the withers.
  • Distinct depigmentation of the nose.
UKC

Skull: Pronounced stop.
Body: Hipbones placed distinctly lower than the withers.
Gait: Heavy gait.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Ears: Rose ears.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Timid character, panicky or aggressive with attack.
  • Lack of type (in particular when showing a recent crossing with another breed).
  • Strong non-accidental anatomical deformation.
  • Disabling anomaly - not acquired.
  • All obvious redhibitory vices.
  • Upper or lower prognathism.
  • Light eye i.e. bird of prey eyes.
  • Ribs curving in at the base of the chest which thus takes on the look of « violin box ».
  • Coat not conforming to the standard.
  • Harsh or semi-long coat.
  • Absence of any white marking at the extremity of one or more limbs.
  • Size out by more than 3 cm from the standard measures.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Overshot or undershot bite. Yellow (bird of prey) eyes. Albinism. Harsh or long coat.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Eyes: Yellow (bird of prey) eyes.
Coat: Harsh or long coat.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.