The Azawakh is a breed of dog from West Africa. It is also used as a sighthound, they have been relegated to a secondary function of camp guardian due to the lack of game in the region. With ancient origins, it is raised throughout the Sahelian zone of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. This region includes the Azawagh Valley for which the breed is named. While commonly associated with the nomadic Tuareg people, they are also bred and owned by other ethnic groups such as the Peulh, Bella, and Hausa. The Azawakah is more related to the Sloughi than it is to the Saluki.
Also known as
This breed is also called (Formerly) Tuareg Sloughi, Azawakh Hound, Azawkh, Bareeru, Hanshee, Idi, Oska, Rawondu, Tuareg Sloughi as well as Wulo.
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