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New Breed Gains American Kennel Club Recognition


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The Azawakh (pronounced Oz-a-wok) has gained full AKC recognition from the American Kennel Club (AKC). This new addition to the AKC registry became eligible to compete in its group on Jan. 1.

“We're excited to have the Azawakh join the AKC family," said  Gina DiNardo, AKC executive secretary. “This wonderful breed has been around for thousands of years, and we're happy to introduce it to dog lovers in this country. As with any breed, it’s important to do research and find the right one to fit your lifestyle.”

An ancient hunting sighthound from West Africa, the Azawakh joins the hound group. The breed originated as a guardian, hunter and companion to nomads. They would hunt hare, antelope and wild boar, and are tough, durable and very fast.  The Azawakh is leggy and elegant-looking, with a short, fine coat that needs occasional brushing. They are relatively calm dogs indoors but have tremendous energy and endurance outside and must have regular exercise. Azawakhs bond strongly with their owners and are affectionate, playful companions. They can be aloof towards strangers.

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. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service (FSS). 

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