So Wikipedia says azawakh are lgds? I guess I always assumed they were hunting dogs bc sight hounds.
azawakhs are a fascinating breed! little is known of their history as they are the dogs of afro-ethnic tribes, most notably the tuareg i believe, of the south sahara, who apparently have kept little or no written records! azawakhs are held in very high esteem in their tribes of origin, and while other sighthounds are commonly kept and utilized, they dont hold the special place that the azawakhs do, whose common-name supposedly translates to mean “hound of the free people”
one of the few things that is known about the azawakh’s history is that it was, and continues to be in africa, a multipurpose dog! while it got lumped together with sighthounds in the rest of the world, the azawakh was traditionally used for guarding and companionship as much as hunting!