The American Kennel Club now fully recognizes the Azawakh, an ancient hunting sighthound from West Africa. The club says he’s tough, durable and fast.
“We’re excited to have the Azawakh join the AKC family,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “This wonderful breed has been around for thousands of years, and we’re happy to introduce it to dog lovers in this country. As with any breed, it’s important to do research and find the right one to fit your lifestyle.”
This new addition to the AKC registry is officially now show competing in the Hound Group. The breed was once a guardian, hunter and companion to nomads, according to the AKC. The dogs once hunted hare, antelope and wild boar.
The AKC says this dog requires regular exercise.
“The Azawakh is leggy and elegant-looking, with a short, fine coat that needs occasional brushing. They are relatively calm dogs indoors but have tremendous energy and endurance outside and must have regular exercise. Azawakhs bond strongly with their owners and are affectionate, playful companions. They can be aloof towards strangers.”
A minimum number of dogs must be geographically distributed throughout the U.S. to become an AKC recognized breed, along with an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders.