Tall and elegant, the Azawakh, also called the Idii n’ Illeli, Tuareg Sloughi, Rawondu, Hanshee, Aidi n'Ailluli (meaning "Noble Dog of the Free People") or Idi, is a rare West African sighthound that comes from the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. “Azawakh" means "land of the north." This exotic breed is named after the Azawakh Valley in Mali. These long-legged sighthounds were originally bred to protect livestock. They then became prized as hunters of large, dangerous prey, working as a pack rather than alone to bring down their targets and provide food for their families. A defining characteristic of this breed is its fluid gait. The Azawakh’s physical structure allows it to cover extremely uneven terrain swiftly and almost effortlessly. Its short, smooth coat requires little upkeep. However, Azawakhs need lots of exercise, every day. They can withstand high temperatures but don’t do well in cold weather. Befitting its heritage, the Azawakh is an excellent guardian and a highly successful lure course competitor. It is increasingly popular as a household companion. Extremely devoted to their owners, Azawakhs are reserved around strangers but should never be aggressive.