The Azawakh is an uncommon sight as many homes are yet to discover this magnificent dog as a pet. The owner of Cesspool Service Long Island has an incredible 4 year old. The Azawakh is a majestic looking leggy dog with a profile similar to the greyhound or the Saluki. This dog is made for endurance and toughness.
The Azawakh is named so as it comes from the Sahel region of the Sahara desert. This is the area consisting of the countries of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. This dog has been the faithful companion of the desert nomads for thousands of years.
For an Azawakh to adapt better as a pet, he must be placed in a home as a puppy. At an older age, the dog will find it hard to become sociable to new people. However, when he is raised as a puppy, the Azawakh is a loyal pet.
As a hound, the Azawakh is protective and watchful. He will bark at strangers and remain aloof towards them when commanded to back off. He does not socialize easily and is very good in house protection.
This dog is highly intelligent and will learn quickly. He will respond better to reward methods such as food treats rather than punishment when being trained. He needs supervision I a house with children and other small pets as he has a strong prey drive. He can easily turn play into something more dangerous when his desert instincts take over seeing a running child or pet.
This prey instinct is valuable when hunting with the Azawakh. He is built for speed and stamina. Once a prey is identified he will go after it with single mindedness and determination. He is a marvel to watch in a hunt.
As a puppy, the dog will need all the necessary vaccines; against kennel cough, rabies, parvovirus and distemper. It is also recommended that the puppy be kept indoors until all these vaccinations are complete.
This is a hardy breed and will not fall ill easily. It will also be hard to notice he is ill as he is stoic. Check him over physically regularly to pick out any cuts or bruises. The dog is also susceptible to hypothyroidism and Von Willebrand disease which is a bleeding disorder. Bloating is also a fatal condition for this dog. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include pacing, restlessness, lip licking, pain and attempts to vomit.
It is best to seek the vet’s advice in keeping this dog healthy and happy.
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