|BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : 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.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : 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
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
- 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 : 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.
HEAD : Long, fine, lean and chiselled, rather narrow, without
excess. CRANIAL REGION : Skull : 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.
Stop : Very slightly marked. FACIAL REGION : Nose : Nostrils
well opened. The nose is either black or brown. Muzzle : Long,
straight, fine towards the front without exaggeration. Jaws/Teeth
: Jaws long and strong. Scissor bite. Cheeks : Flat. Eyes
: Almond shaped, quite large. Their colour is dark or amber.
Eyelids pigmented. Ears : 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
NECK : Good reach of neck which is long, fine and muscular,
slightly arched. The skin is fine and does not form a dewlap.
BODY : Topline : Nearly straight, horizontal or slightly
rising towards the hips. Withers : Quite prominent. Loin :
Short, lean and often slightly arched. Hip bones : Distinctly
protruding and always placed at an equal or superior height
to the height of the withers. Croup : Oblique without accentuated
slant. 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 : The sternal arch is accentuated and joined without
abruptness to the belly which is tucked up very high below
the lumbar arch.
TAIL : 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
LIMBS: FOREQUARTERS : Seen as a whole : Long, fine, almost
entirely vertical; legs perfectly well-set. Shoulders : Long,
lean and muscular and only slightly slanting seen in profile.
The scapulo-humeral angle is very open (about 130°). Forefeet
: Rounded shape, with fine and tightly closed toes; the pads
are pigmented. HINDQUARTERS : Seen as a whole : Long and lean;
legs perfectly vertical. Thighs : Long with prominent and
lean muscles. The coxo-femoral angle is very open (about 130°).
Stifle : The femoro-tibial angle is very open (about 145°).
Hock : Hock joint and hock are straight and lean, without
dewclaws. Hind feet : Round shaped. Pads are pigmented.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : 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.
SKIN : Fine, tight over the whole of the body.
COAT :HAIR : Short, fine, down to none on the belly. COLOUR
: 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.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at the withers : Dogs: between 64 and 74 cm .Bitches
: between 60 and 70 cm.
Weight : Dogs : about 20 - 25 kg. Bitches : about 15 - 20
FAULTS : 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.
· General appearance : heavy.
· Skull too wide.
· Accentuated stop.
· Body too long.
· Hip bones placed distinctly lower than the withers.
· Distinct depigmentation of the nose.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
· 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
· Size out by more than 3 cm from the standard measures.
· Timid character, panicky or aggressive with attack.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.