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Ancient Hunting Breed, the Azawakh, to Compete For the First Time at Westminster

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Despite evidence that the breed has existed for thousands of years, the ancient hunting dog breed, the Azawakh, will compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the first time ever in 2020.


The six most decorated Azawakhs from around the country will head to New York City to compete for Best in Show at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

According to the AKC, this ancient hunting hound is so lean and rangy that his bone structure and musculature can plainly be seen beneath his skin. The smooth S-shaped contours, deep chest, and aerodynamic head mark the Azwakh as a member of the sighthound family, canine sprinters that rely on keen vision and blazing speed to fix and course their prey.

Interestingly, unlike most breeds, Azawakhs are taller than they are long.


The ultrafine coat comes in several colors and patterns. The overall look of this leggy hound is one of elegance, but don’t be fooled: This is a tough, durable hunter who’s been chasing gazelle across the scorching sands of the Sahara for more than a thousand years.

The Azawakh serves as a loyal companion and guardian, while their ability to sprint at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour make them excellent at lure courses and other high-speed sports.

The 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will take place on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The show features more than 2,600 dogs from 204 breeds and runs from Feb. 9-11 at Pier 94 and Madison Square Garden.

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