Appearance, Impression

"As fast as wind, durable as a camel and beautiful as an Arab horse ... these few words could briefly describe a charming Azawakh."[Eva-Maria Kramer]. Already at the first glance they'd catch one's attention. They're tall, slender, and elegant. This crowned by grace words simply cannot describe and there you have a beautifully harmonious Azawakh. They have exceptionally long legs, and a long, thin tail.

 They would immediately cast a spell on you with their beautiful, dark, big-almond-shaped eyes of deep and ever alert look. On average Azawakhs reach the height of 60-70cm (females: 60-70cm; males: 64-74cm). The most popular colours are all shades of brown, ranging from light beige, through sandy up to dark brown; all colours from yellow to red and brindled (striped), all with mandatory, distinctive white markings. In Europe one can rarely spot gray, blue, particoloured, all-white, black, or blanket dogs. This situation at large is conditioned by requirements of FCI standard, which does not recognize those rare colours, despite their fairly frequent occurrence in Africa.

Azawakhs are slender and their thin skin, covered with soft and short hair, allows "anatomy lessons" as Corine Lundqvist:
, Owing to their looks, Azawkhs might appear lofty. As a matter of fact, they are very alert, timid, and distrustful. When confronted with strangers, or when they find an unknown object on their way, Azawakhs are likely to jump aside and run away barking. They display interest but prefer to stay distant. Their behaviour, resilience, and reflection should be associated with big, wild cats, rather than dogs…
For ages Azawakhs have inspired artists. Their images appear on ancient drawings, sculptures, and coins. Their delicate physique can be misleading, however. Azawakhs are strong and durable dogs, well adjusted to live in difficult conditions of a desert, where the temperatures at nights drop well below zero and reach close to +50oC at the daytime. They can make their living with small portions of food, though atavistically they're always hungry. They seldom hurt themselves. If they get hurt or wound themselves, they recover fast.