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Azawakh Puppies @ 21 Days

December 29, 2012

Tawzalt’s puppies are 21 days old today and it is time for their first attempt at solid food. These two are really developing personalities. They are starting to have energy to explore and play a bit rather than just sleep and eat. Afouda tends to be the more vocal and adventurous of the pair. She is also hungrier. Tazoudi really enjoys snuggling with Tawzalt, her sister or even the stuffed toys Tawzalt has brought into the whelping box. Tazoudi is a a more cautious observer. Somehow, though Tazoudi explores less, she manages to discover more. She is the one who I find peeking out of the door in the whelping box.

Afouda, 21 Days

Afouda 21 Days

Afouda 21 Days

Tazoudi, 21 Days

Tazoudi 21 Days

Tazoudi Escape Attempt @21 Days

Afouda and Tazoudi, First Solid Food

This first meal is traditional African millet porridge with ground beef and cottage cheese. 

Azawakh Puppies 21 Days 1st Solid Food

1st Generation

Sire, Ettebel Azelouan

Azelouan Alert

Gallopin' down the trail


In Pursuit


2nd Generation

Paternal Grandsire, Tombouktou’s Qulood





Maternal Grandsire, Aslam Idiiyat-es-Sahel

Aslam stand

Aslam with Afelahlah in hole behind

Aslam bamboo


3rd Generation (Paternal)

Great Grandsire, Kusaylah Al-Ifriqiya

Kusaylah 4

Kusaylah 6

Kusaylah 8

Great Grandsire, We Wille Casar

We Wille Casar

3rd Generation (Maternal)

Great Grandsire, Kaisoon Al-Ifriqiya




Great Grandsire, Ailal Al-Ifriqiya

Ailal bamboo


Azawakh Puppy Naming Day

December 17, 2012

In the Sahel, there is a tradition of a naming day ceremony where the village comes together to celebrate a new life and the cild is given a name and welcomed into the community. Tawzalt’s puppies were one week old yesterday and we gave them names. In one week the puppies have nearly doubled in size. They spend a lot of time sleeping and eating but are also busy with their noses snuffling and exploring their whelping box. They are doing their utmost to try and seek out adventure in their little world.

Many thanks to Daoud for his help with Tamasheq Berber words for puppy naming.

This is Afouda

Afouda means strong or solid literally, camel. Afouda was the first born with a thirst for life.

Azawakh Puppy Afouda @ 1 Week

Azawakh Puppy Afouda @ 1 week

This is Tazoudi

Tazoudi means to be sweet. She has very pretty white markings against deep chestnut brindle.

Azawakh Puppy Tazoudi @ 1 week

Azawakh Puppy Tazoudi @ 1 week

First Week in Review

December 16, 2012

The High-Flow Nursing Technique

Puppy #1 discovered a massage technique to get more milk to come out faster.

The Miniature Puppy Pile

Mini puppy pile

Tawzalt Added Stuffed Toys to the Whelping box

I think Tawzalt is a little unsatisfied with just two puppies. She has added three stuffed toys to the whelping box and goes to retrieve them whenever we put them away. She previously had shown no interest in these plush toys in at least a year.

Mamma, puppy and extra puppy


Tawzalt was feeling needy after a week and wanted to be the puppy again, instead of the mommy. Theodora is comforting her.


Backstroke Snooze

December 12, 2012

Puppy #1 is enjoying a snooze on her back.

Snoring Pup

The Den

December 7, 2012

Tawzalt has become obsessed with digging. I think this is what they call “nesting”.

The Den

Tawzalt has had an uneventful pregnancy. She is in her final week or so before whelping and we can feel the puppies kicking in her belly. While she spends most of her time sleeping these  days, amazingly she came within an inch of catching a Pied Crow yesterday. She can still really move when she wants to.

Pregnant Tawzalt

Tawzalt's Ektorp

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.

Azelouan leaping a stream

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.



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.

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



Cool, huh?