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AKC Recognizes Azawakh As New Breed In Registry

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The new year brought a new breed to the American Kennel Club–the Azawakh. The Azawakh is an ancient hunting sighthound and originally hails from West Africa.

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Gina DiNardo is the AKC’s Executive Secretary and said that they were excited to have a breed that has been around for thousands of years join the registry and to introduce it to those American dog lovers.

The Azawakh finds its home in the Hound Group, originally a hunter and a friend and guardian to nomads in West Africa. The dogs are known to be tough and fast, and great hunters of hare, wild boars and antelopes. They’re leggy but elegant and have short, fine coats. Though they are pretty calm inside, their energy and persistence are well displayed outside. According to the AKC, the Azawakh has a strong bond with its humans and are fun and affectionate companions.

Many confuse the Azawakh with a Whippet or Greyhound, and with their tall legs, pointed snouts and incredibly lean bodies, it’s easy to see why.

In order for the Azawakh to become fully recognized, a minimum number of their breed has to be distributed geographically in the United States, and an established breed club has to be created, known and developed. The AKC Parent Club The American Azawakh Association began in 1988 with the purpose of developing the breed and help it flourish through the United States.

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To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders.


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