Historically, AKC is notorious for distorting and destroying breed traits to suit the pet market. So please, let us not forget what Dr. Werner Röder from Berlin, who led nineteen ABIS expeditions to bring dogs back from West Africa, had to say:
"The Azawakh of the Sahel arise as one of the world's last and rarest existences, in which an entire race of dog is still shaped by its historical purpose; an ancient form optimally adapted to its natural environment and surviving free of the genetic depletion brought about by selection according solely to aesthetic criteria. Those in the west who love the race share a unique opportunity to heed Xavier Przezdziecki's redemptive words: The belief held by all breed associations in "improvement" should not apply to the sight hound as it is almost perfectly formed by nature. Indeed, as they are a loan from nature, man is charged with their preservation."
Azawakh Breed Standard
Contact: American Azawakh Association, Deb Kidwell, President, 30083 Rows Mill Road, Rhoadesville, VA 22542, Phone: 540-854-8431, Cell: 540-207-2009; Email: Deb Kidwell