The Azawakh is an elegant West African sighthound that makes an excellent companion. Being a sighthound, they do excel at lure coursing and can run for great distances without tiring; therefore they do need a fenced yard to keep them contained. They are rather tall, lanky, and leggy making them look fragile, but they are tough hunters willing to give chase to anything that catches their eye. The Azawakh is a rare breed and there are only a few within the United States. If you are lucky enough to find an Azawakh breeder, plan on being on a waiting list for a puppy for a while.
Azawakh Dog Names In Pop Culture
Most people have never heard of the Azawakh, and when they happen to see one, they assume they are not a purebred dog. These elegant hounds are a rare breed even in their native Africa; therefore, you will not see many of them even at the big dog shows such as Westminster or Crufts. Banome, or Tombouktou’s Banome, is a German champion DWZRV, German junior champion DWZRV, 2011 regional junior winner in South Bavaria, 2012 regional winner in South Bavaria, 2011 AlpenCup junior winner, and the 2012 AlpenCup winner. Banome’s sire is Bahran Idi N’Illeli, and her dam is Taletmot Idiiyat Es Sahel. Even as a puppy, Banome was showing great promise, and there were high hopes pinned to this girl. She closely resembled her dam and past puppies out of Taletmot Idiiyat Es Sahel. As an adult, Banome is a medium-sized Azawakh with long legs making it easy for her to excel at lure coursing.
She has an intelligent expression and at times can even be considered intense, especially when she is getting ready to compete. Being a typical Azawakh, Banome is reserved around strangers and prefers to stay close to her handler. She will take her time getting to know strangers and will eventually choose to initiate contact and accept them as friends if not forced into an introduction.
Amazzal, or Tombouktou’s Amazzal, is another Azawakh that was born in 2009 to Django and Takute Al Ifriqiya. Her sire, Django, was imported in and is owned by Alberto Rossi in Italy. Her dam, Takute, was getting older and would only produce one more litter before being retired from the whelping box. When she finally went into labor, Takute quickly birthed five males. Her labor then stalled and finally after a three hour break, a female was born. It was decided right then that this female puppy would stay and she was named Amazzal. As Amazzal grew, she began exhibiting the typical Azawakh temperament and was a very sensible dog. She was an easy keeper and housetrained quickly. Even though Amazzal was expected to follow in the footprints of other great Azawakhs, it was determined that she would not be pushed into competitions that she did not see as fun. Amazzal is fast on her feet and quick to race after a rabbit or other small animal, however, when it comes to performing for lure coursing, she did not fare so well. It was apparent that Amazzal would never be as good as Banome in the field. Amazzal did do well in the whelping box and has produced several very nice breed specimens.
Azawakh Dog Name Considerations
Finding an Azawakh within the United States will be difficult even though they have now been included in the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service (AKC FSS). The American Azawakh Association is the AKC parent club and offers a small list of breeders. However, good breeders will not breed for quantity and therefore, you can expect to be waiting for a puppy for a while. While you are waiting for your new puppy to arrive, you can start making a list of potential names. Since the Azawakh is a West African breed, looking for names from that region, or even Africa in general, may be a good place to start. Once your list is compiled, pay attention to the pronunciation of each name and cross off any that you think will be difficult for younger family members to properly pronounce. Also, mark off any names that sound similar to dogs that live nearby or other dogs in the family. Names that sound similar can cause confusion and that is something you want to avoid. Do not settle on your new Azawakh puppy’s name until you have actually met them. Their personality will help you decide which name makes the final cut!