The Azawakh breed is characterized by a unique appearance that combines a disproportionate body, head and legs with an air of grace and swiftness. These tall dogs stand with hindquarters that are higher than their shoulders and have a deep-set chest. With a very small stomach area, this breed is thin and has an easily seen skeletal structure. Their very short fur almost always features white markings as this breed was selectively bred to include this attribute. The Azawakh breed has tails that hang down with a small curl at the end and a practically hairless belly. They were originally used in Mali for hunting and protection as they are often wary with strangers and even aggressive. However, these dogs will be affectionate and gentle to those they know and are even playful with owners. With protective instincts and an alert nature, the Azawakh dogs will gather together with their pack and chase away danger if they feel threatened. This breed makes an excellent guard and watch dog thanks to their intelligence, light-footed build and caution toward strangers.
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