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The New Dog on the Block

The Azawakh, a member of the hound group, joins the pack as latest AKC-recognized breed

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Get to know the latest breed recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Azawakh! Pronounced ‘oz-a-wok’, this elegant beauty is an ancient breed that originated in West Africa. Although this leggy canine may look delicate, this breed was frequently put to use as a hunting sighthound, and was bred to be durable enough for hunting hare, antelope, and even wild boar! These athletic members of the hound group need their exercise, but they aren’t all work and no play—Azawakhs are affectionate and keen to bond with their owners. They’re cautious, however, and have a tendency to act aloof upon meeting strangers. In terms of exercise, these dogs make for calm indoor companions but do require a lot of outdoor exercise and play outlets to satiate their need to run and ‘hunt’. With a short, fine coat, they only need occasional brushing. The Azawakh was officially recognized by the AKC on January 1st, 2019, so be sure to keep an eye out for this beautiful hound!—Jamie Hill

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