Slender, long, and stripped to an elegant structure that makes a Saluki look plump, the Azawakh dog is a striking creature to see. The rare breed originates from the area of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, including some of the southern Sahara; the name means "land of the north." They are fast hunters and loyal guardians. Last but not least, a fine Azawakh is a source of great pride to its owner. This is a dog possessed of great independence and intelligence, making for complex but rewarding relationships.
Are you curious yet? Try this insightful article I found at Rare Breed Network. You might also like to look over the website of the American Azawakh Association.