Frequently Asked Questions

How much?

My puppies are $2000.

This price is designed to help off-set the price of health testing the parents as well as any costs associated with both breeding and raising the litter. It is also helps cover the cost of the Embark tests (that are part of the puppy purchase price) that each puppy will have done.

What will a puppy be sent home with?

  • Registration – puppies will be registered with AKC (American Kennel Club) before going to their new homes. In the case of some litters, they might also be dual registered with UKC (United Kennel Club)
  • Vaccinations (timing determined by Nomograph) – the puppies will go home with their first vaccinations, provided the Nomograph, which tells me the age when vaccines will first be effective, indicates that the puppies can be effectively vaccinated. You will also be sent home with information telling you precisely when your puppies should be vaccinated, which you can pass on to your vet. If the puppies are still protected by their mother’s immunity when they leave, they will not be vaccinated yet, because vaccines cannot provide protection if the mother’s instill immunity is still in effect.
  • Blanket with litter mate’s scent for comfort when the puppy goes home
  • Microchipped – Puppies will be microchipped and registered in a database before they are sent home.
  • Dewormed – they will be dewormed every other week while they reside with me.
  • Puppy chew
  • Puppy packet – this comprehensive packet gives you information about the breed, what to expect from your puppy, how to handle crate training, leash walking, and more.
  • Contract – you will be sent home with a copy of my contract.
  • In Stride Dog Training’s Basic Foundation Series of five lesson designed to give you a jumpstart on raising your puppy to be a good citizen. The lessons include Learning How to Learn: Focus While Stationary, Focus in Motion, Cooperative Care and House Manners, Socialization, and Advancing the Basics. This is not provided in lieu of a good group puppy class, nothing can replace that socialization experience, but will help you train your puppy at home.
  • Embark panel – Embark is an increasingly popular DNA test for dog owners. It tells you a dog’s breed (in this case Azawakh) but also test your dogs for over 150 genetic conditions (many of which the dogs aren’t prone to), as well as telling you how related your dog is to their siblings and other dogs of the same breed that have been tested, and it gives you fun genetic information about color, coat, and more.

When is your next litter?

My next litter timing can be found here:

My firm plans based on breeding date, not whelping date are currently:

Spring 2022 repeat Anubi x Amidi (AKC conformaiton eligible)

Summer 2022 TBA x Gem (AKC conformation eligible)

Spring 2023 Tabiri x Amidi (if the repeat of Anubi x Amidi doesn't go smoothly Tabiri x Gem will be substitued instead)

Fall 2023 Anubi x Amalu

My tentative plans include:

Summer 2023 TBD x Gem

Fall 2024 TBD x Amalu

I am looking to have two litters a year through 2023. I would like to decrease that to one a year following that, but I'm unsure if that will happen.

Are there any restrictions that will prevent me from getting a puppy from you?

I’ve filled out puppy applications and rescue organization applications before. I know how nerve-wrecking it can be; how you need to make sure you say just the right thing. However, I will say I don’t have any eliminating requirements such as: you must feed X food, you must have a fenced yard, you must only use X equipment.

I firmly believe that most dogs can thrive in different environments with the correct exercise and mental stimulation. When I first brought home my saluki I still lived in an apartment and we were out in fenced fields almost every day. There are of course factors that will eliminate you: a history of dog abuse is the big one, but there are other factors too.

I want to talk to you. I want to form a rapport with you because I will be there for you for your puppy’s entire life. Think of me as 24 hour tech support for your dog.

But I don’t want a show or sports dog, I just want a family pet.

There are a ton of great articles out there on this topic. This is one of my favorites:

It’s easy to think of show dogs from breeders who show or trial with their dogs as fancy and unobtainable. However, look at my website or Facebook page. You’ll see pictures of my dogs showing and trialing, yes, but you’ll also see pictures of them curled up on the couch or playing outside. Being a show or performance dog doesn’t preclude being a really fantastic pet. In fact, because of the socialization and exposure the dogs get to the world in a wide array of situations, those dogs tend to be incredibly stable, which is much of what makes a great pet.

I show in order to get other people’s feedback about my dog’s structure, feedback from judges, other exhibitors, and other breeders. I don’t want my dog’s body to break down at 6, I want them to be able to keep accompanying you on adventures for more than a decade. Structure is part of what allows that. I do dog sports with my dogs to show that they’re versatile, to exhibit the breed and showcase what Azawakh are truly achieve. I also do dog sports to test that my dogs still have the instincts to do what the breed originated to do. I want them to be able to course or be safe around livestock, because that is what they live for in Africa. I do dog sports because it is an incredible outlet for my dogs. It gives them a mental challenge and fulfills them. There’s a reason my dogs aren’t destructive or bored around the house. Lastly, I do dog sports because I’ve never found anything that develops your bond with your dog quite so deeply.

Do I expect every puppy buyer to do what I do with my dogs? No, definitely not. I want to provide good breed ambassadors for the general public. However, if you are interested in showing or performance sports, I will give that desire priority, because that is one of the goals of my breeding program.

What are the terms of your contract?

I like to keep my contract simple. At this time I am not asking for a deposit, just that payment be made in full by pickup. I don’t put food or training restrictions on my dogs.

I do require you attend at least one puppy class with your new puppy to help with socialization and I will give money back for each dog that I produce that goes on to get their Canine Good Citizen or an entry level title. That means if your dog earns their CGC or an entry level title (rally novice, beginner's noivce in obedience, fast cat, coursing ability, junior coursing) then I will give you $50 back per title for up to ten titles as acknowledgment of the hard work you are putting in with your dog.

What is your vaccination protocol?

I do a Nomograph on all my expecting mothers. A Nomograph is a test that tells you exactly when protective maternal antibodies are expected to lapse in the puppies and thus when exactly it will be effective to vaccinate. Here is more on Nomographs:

The puppies will go home with their first vaccinations, provided the Nomograph, which tells me the age when vaccines will first be effective, indicates that the puppies can be effectively vaccinated. You will also be sent home with information telling you precisely when your puppies should be vaccinated, which you can pass on to your vet. If the puppies are still protected by their mother’s immunity when they leave, they will not be vaccinated yet, because vaccines cannot provide protection if the mother’s instill immunity is still in effect.

What does health tested mean?

When looking at puppies, you will run into the phrase “vet checked”. This simply means the puppies have been looked over by a vet and that they were healthy at the time they were seen. However, that phrase doesn’t refer to the genetics or assessment of the parent’s structure, all of which can be inherited.

Health testing generally refers to a series of tests run on the parents that indicate whether their underlying condition, ones that can’t be assessed by a simple vet exam, is in good shape. With my dogs I check their heart, thyroid, eyes, test for a number of genetic diseases through Embark, and check their hips.

Anubi, my male, does have a history of cardiac disease in his lines. By checking his heart, I can make sure he isn’t developing problems. I know of numerous thyroid issues in the breed, and so I do a full thyroid panel on my dogs. Eye issues are less common, but it is an easy exam and is good peace of mind. At this time, there aren’t hip problems in the breed. However, since I play high impact sports with my dog, I want to make sure their hips are in good condition before playing those sports for years on end.

Here's more on why I health test:

What age can I take my puppy home at?

I routinely see new puppy owners struggling with the eight, nine, ten week puppies. At that age, puppies aren’t even particularly awake to the world in some ways. Additionally, puppies tend to go through a fear phase where traumatic experiences are particularly impactful. As such, I keep my puppies until twelve weeks. There are cases (mostly regarding fitting the puppy on a flight under a seat), where I will let puppies go home at ten weeks. If you are an experienced trainer, breeder, or exhibitor, I may let a puppy go home at eight weeks.

However, I have helped raise hundreds of puppies and am fully equipped to give the puppies a great start in life as well as setting your new puppy up to have less conflict with you once you bring them home. The extra few weeks gives me more time to work with the pups on skills like leash walking, cooperative care such as nail trimming, and more.

Can I pick my own puppy?

When I brought home my first well bred puppy, I was just a little shocked. What did the breeder mean, I didn’t get to pick my own puppy? I gave her my desires: ideally male, steady, stable, a dog I could bring anywhere. She matched me with the top two choices and I agreed that her top pick for me sounded great. I cannot imagine having brought home any other dog than Anubi. He was the perfect fit for what I wanted and his breeder knew her puppies well enough to match us perfectly.

It’s my belief that story is an example of puppy matching at its absolute best.

I don’t allow potential puppy families to pick their own puppies. I want to hear about your criteria, what will make a good companion for you personally. I want to hear your sex and color preferences, though I can never make guarantees. Once I have that information, then I can make a match that fits the best with your needs. The puppy that comes flinging themselves up to you, who loves chasing a toy and has a great grip on it might seem like they chose you, but that puppy chooses everyone because they’re the most outgoing. A puppy with endless energy, no caution, and prone to mouthing toys and people alike isn’t going to be a good fit for a family with young children who wants to walk their dog, play in the yard, and take occasional hikes. However, that same puppy could be a perfect sports prospect potentially.

That’s why I want to take the time to get to know people, so I can make the choices that are right for everyone.

Do you have a waitlist?

I do keep an interest list of anyone who contacts me and fills out a puppy questionnaire. The interest list is divided by litter. In the case of Amalu’s first litter, that list is largely already full.

However, as I said, I keep everyone’s name. There are always people who have to back out last second and I try to keep in touch as best I can.

What is the process of buying a puppy from you?

I ask that interested people fill out my puppy questionnaire. If you found me via Good Dog then I ask you fill out my Good Dog Application Addendum. Once I have that background information, I will reach out to you and we can chat about any questions you might have. There are typically lots of things to talk about regarding Azawakh.

From there, I place you on my interest list and keep in touch. When it’s getting closer to when I intend to breed a litter, I will reach out to you and when pregnancy is confirmed we can start talking further details.

Once puppies are on the ground and I’m getting a sense of personalities, I will contact you about whether I have a good fit for you in that specific litter. At around 5 weeks, once i have an idea of the puppies' temperaments and whether I will have a puppy for you specifically, I will contact you so you can make your deposit. The deposit is a non-refundable $250 to hold your spot for the puppy. This is part of the total price of the puppy, not in addition to it.

At 8 weeks I will do temperament evaluations through a third party and then I will confirm the correct fit for your circumstances.

At twelve weeks, you can pick your puppy up and pay the remaining price in full for the pup. I can help arrange both ground transport and walk you through how to arrange for air transport if you need to fly to come get your puppy.

Throughout all of this don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns, or even if you’d like to be removed from the interest list. You can always reach me via my facebook page In Stride Azawakh & Training or email Once we’ve talked for a bit, I’m also happy to hand out my phone number as well.

What if my timeline doesn't work with when you have puppies available?

In a rare breed this unfortunately happens relatively frequently. Most Azawakh breeders are breeding approximately one every year or two. This means that there is often demand when there isn’t yet supply.

I maintain contact with most of the Azawakh breeders in the United States and refer to other breeders regularly. I might refer out because I think another breeder has a litter that will be a better match for you or they might be closer in distance or the timing just might work out better. When I don’t have a litter upcoming soon, I refer people to other breeders more frequently than I add them to my own interest list.

How do you choose your puppy owners?  First come first serve?

I will always strive to match my puppies to the right owners and there are always going to be puppies in every litter who are right for pet homes. However, with my breeding program I am looking to produce Azawakh who excel and sports and work. Often, individuals who excel at such jobs are not as content without having a structured mental outlet on a regular basis and can become problematic for when what a pet home would prefer to cuddle on the couch and watch TV together, go on a walk a couple times a day, play in the yard, and do a couple hikes a year. There is nothing wrong with the lifestyle. It's what most people want and in a dog, but because this is a working breed with a history thousands of years long and I seek to honor that history, some of my puppies will thrive better in a different, busier enviornment. Understanding that individual temperament is the primary influencer for my decisions, for my waiting list I will also generally prioritize: 1. Local performance homes - performance is a big goal of my breeding program. Additionally I would like to encourage more people in the breed to be involved in the Pacific Northwest. 2. Local show homes - not every individual is cut out to be a show dog, but again, I would like to encourage more Azawakh show homes in my own area. 3. Performance or show homes out of area 4. Pet homes with occasional interest in participating in dog events - this is a dog that makes it's own job if you don't find it one, so even for pets, I prioritize people who might take their Azawakh coursing a couple of times a year over people who don't. 5. Quieter pet homes that will still make a heavy effort to socialize their Azawakh and involve them in family events. I will not consider (without a committed change in lifestyle) people who will leave their Azawakh home and not pursue socialization or taking them out in public. Without repeated exposure to the new and novel, Azawakh can get anxious and neurotic.

What do I expect from my puppy buyers?

The breeder/new owner relationship is a two-way street. I pour my heart and time and energy and resources into these puppies. I want to place the right home for them and for them to thrive there. That being said, there is a lot of work that each new home needs to put into their puppy to make everyone succesful. 1) Your dog should see their vet annually at the minimum, their recommendations for area specific vaccinations (or titers) and their reccomendations for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. And if you find yourself doubting your vet's recommendations, discuss those doubts with us so we can help you find a better vet. Take your Correct Azawakh Weight document and make sure your vet keeps a copy of it on file. 2) Your dog should be fed a food they thrive on. That means no digestive distress, able to maintain good muscle tone, and a healthy sheen to the coat. Not every diet works for every breed or every individual. I don't care what you feed (kibble, home cooked, raw, a mixture) as long as your dog is healthy on it. 3) Maintain contact with me and send pictures at least once a year throughout your dog's life. Update me if your dog has any health problems, because those can be relevant to not only your dog, but to mine and other In Stride Azawakh owners as well. 4) Take training classes until your dog is a minimum of one year old. Group classes are one of the best ways to help your dog learn how to focus with heavy distraction. I can tell you it is one of the most important things I do for my Azawakh puppies. 5) Consider getting involved in sports or dog shows with your Azawakh. I absolutely will support you along the way. The more dog sports I do, the more i truly see how enriched and fulfilled they make my dogs and how deep my bond is because of our adventures. 6) Respect and understand the puppy buying process. I know it's torture to wait until the puppies are 6-8 weeks to even have an idea of which puppy you will be getting. I understand that you might have a strong preference for color. But I want to place the puppy in the home that it has the absolute highest chance in succeeding. I promise, you will forgive your puppy if they have white on their nose instead of a black mask, but you likely won't be able to forgive a puppy who has behavioral traits that don't suit you but would have perfectly suited someone else. 7) Trust me as your breeder. Trust me enough to tell me if you and your dog are struggling with something. Trust me enough to keep me updated and in the loop. Trust me enough to understand that I won't judge you. I just want to help you solve the problem. Trust me enough to return your puppy to me, even if you feel terrible or ashamed about it. Call me any time. Sometimes life happens and I will always rather a dog comes back to me than goes elsewhere. Do I like to see returns? No, of course not, but I also will understand.

Why is my Azawakh suddenly scared of or guarding against everything?

Dogs aren't born with all their instincts in full force. What do is an Azawakh puppy guarding against intruders? What good is a 8 week old Border Collie herding sheep? Instincts develop and grow over time. I find those instincts really start to kick in full force in Azawakh around 9-15 months of age. This is when they will go through their secondary fear period. It can suddenly seem like your Azawakh has gone insane - they're scared of everything, they might growl or be standoffish with other people, dogs, or even you. This is normal. It's frustrating but it's normal. During that time please reach out to me for support. I find that around 2 years, Azawakh are starting to settle and come out of this period. And by 3 years, they are more guarded, secure versions of their puppy selves. It can be a trying time, but it tends to have ups and downs rather than be filled with constant frustration and in the end it is completely worth the difficulty.

Do you ask for a deposit?

Yes, I do ask for a non-refundable $250 deposit to hold your puppy. However, I do not ask for that deposit to be on my list or even once the litter is on the ground. I will ask for that deposit when the puppies are roughly 5-6 weeks and I am starting to get a feel for their personalities and I'll have an idea whether I have a puppy for you specifically. That $250 is part of the full price for your puppy, not additional and will hold your puppy for you. If you choose not to pay the deposit, then your spot will be passed to the next suitable home.