We are breeding Tawzalt Idiiyat-es-Sahel (Aslam Idiiyat-es-Sahel X Semteende Idiiyat-es-Sahel) by Ettebel Azelouan(Multi. CH Tombouktou’s Qulood X WeWille Dari). Both dogs have FCI pedigrees and the litter will be registered with the FCI. Both brindled and solid fawn colors are genetically possible. We are expecting puppies in mid-December 2012. Azawakh is a rare African breed of sighthound developed by the Toureg Berbers of the Sahel. Native to Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, Azawakh are most closely related to the Sloughi or Berber Greyhound of the North African Maghreb. In fact, Azawakh were originally considered a sub-group of Sloughi called the Toureg Sloughi. Although Azawakh are similar in build and proportion to the Arabian Saluqi, they are not closely related. The name Azawakh comes from the Azawakh valley in Mali where Gao and Lara, the first specimens collected by a European, came from. The proper name in Tamasheq Berber is idi or, in Hausa, oska.

Tawzalt with Christie

Pretty Tawzalt

Azawakh are fairly unique in the sighthound because they are traditionally dual-use. They are used like a saluqi for coursing game but also in a role similar to a collie for protecting livestock, camel trains, campsites and villages. Like many Sahel animal breeds, they have an austere, statuesque beauty but they are also loyal and loving companions. Despite appearances, they are rugged, hearty and very healthy. They travel well and recover quickly from injuries.

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No Obstacle

The original Yugoslav line of Azawakh in Europe was founded by  Gao, Lara and Darkoye Sidi imported to Europe by Yugoslav diploat Dr. Pecar in the 1970’s. Later in the 1970’s, a small group of French diplomats imported a foundation lineage and established the French line in Europe. In the late 1980’s Gervais Coppe began importing Azawakh to France from Mali. In the 1990’s a group of primarily Germans led by Dr. Werner Roeder called ABIS (Association Burkinabe Idi du Sahel) organized a series of expeditions to collect dogs and also created a millet bank to help ensure that the Touareg, Hausa and Fulani who own the desert-bred, foundation Azawakh population are able to thrive. Azelouan and Tawzalt come largely from the breeding programs of David Moore of Georgia, USA, and Dr. Gabriel Meissen and Dr. Werner Roeder of Germany. They are each over 50% from new African imports via Gervais Coppe and ABIS.

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Tawzalt with our girls

One typical breed trait is a desire to cuddle up with each other or people. Azawakh are extremely heat tolerant and have very fine coats and thin, vascularized skin. They are sensitive to cold and will seek each other out for warmth and companionship. They will also groom each other like cats. I think this serves a dual function of pack social bonding and also practical survival in a desert environment where temperatures soar and crash daily. They are very affectionate with their human pack as well.

Tawzalt cuddled on top of Azelouan

Tawzalt curled up on top of Azelouan

Please email inquiries to brian dot reiter at gmail dot com. We are currently living in Harare, Zimbabwe. Placement in SADC is simplest but we do have flight service by KLM and placement to Europe, USA, Australia, etc. is feasible.

The trouble is it is damn easy to drive into them. I’ve seen taxis with their front-ends in and their back ends up in the air. I’ve seen the right half of a Land Cruiser go in so the other two wheels are up in the air and the entire car is balanced on its axles.

Yesterday, I saw a big Mercedes lorry go in.

Problem with open sewers... Don't drive off the edge of the road

I don’t know how they got that thing out but it was gone in the morning.

Obstacle

October 5, 2011

Obstacle

On the way home from school with the kids, I came across a bit of an obstacle in the road. Someone left a bit of machinery parked in my way and went home for the day. What isn’t obvious from the photo is that there were cars piled up behind me blaring and a u-turn is nearly impossible because of the open sewer.

I did manage to get around this behemoth by squeezing between it an the sign on the right.

Dusky Blurs

October 2, 2011

Evening wrasslin'

At twilight, playful wresting often preceeds warp speet chase gams.

Struttin'

Tawzalt capers through the bamboo thicket at dusk.

Dog in a Truck

September 30, 2011

Dog on a Truck

I took this photo with my phone from my car near the new Vodafone head office in Accra, Ghana (one of the big buildings in the background). The dog has some Azawakh-like characteristics but with a major pot belly. Maybe he has a belly full of worms?

A Windows 8 View of Azawakh

September 16, 2011

I’ve been trying out the Windows 8 developer preview M3 alpha. A big part of the point of Windows 8 is that it does away with the start menu and replaces it with a “Metro” interface inspired by Windows Phone. It also adds a new style of Metro apps which are very iPad-like but will basically run across the whole line from tablets to super-powerful workstations. The Metro UI is very cool. One of the same Metro apps is an RSS news aggregator. Here’s what it does to Azawakh Nation.

Screenshots of the Windows 8 News App

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Cool, huh?

Sentinel vs Vandal

August 20, 2011

Sentinel

Sentinel

Tawzalt is scanning the garden, alert for intruders while I am having a wee dram of the Bowmore 12 on the porch. She is very distrustful of the staff in the neighboring apartment building who enjoy watching us over our garden wall during shift changes. In the background you can just make out our actual night guard in the little guard house.

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Vandals

When not keeping an eye on the neighborhood, nighttime is a good time for group hole-digging. Zel gets the hole started while Tawzalt inspects his work.

They follow this up whith a high-speed chase game and wrestling match which my phone has no chance of photographing in the pitch black.

Two Speeds

August 7, 2011

Zero

Too many mammals in my bed

I awakened with too many mammals in our bed. Cassandra was curled up with Azelouan and Tawzalt was apparently displaced so that she decided to flop down on my face which was a minor obstacle in the way of the pillow.

Zoom

Tawzalt goes zoom

Tawzalt is having a game of chase with Zel in our garden in Ghana. She is careening around a stand of bamboo. Zel is faster than Tawzalt on a straightaway but when she is in the mood to run she is very fast and can turn in any direction in one stride. She can also keep going and going and going—I think because she is so light.

Peek around

August 4, 2011

Peek around

Tawzalt is peeking around behind Azelouan. They are hoping that I have something to feed them.

The dogs are reluctant to cross the threshold into the kitchen ever since Tawzalt knocked a broom over causing a huge ruckus. Overall, it’s an advantageous situation because it greatly limits their counter surfing opportunities.