Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, names after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 square km, making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80% of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. The country’s predominantly Islamic population of 17 million is clustered in the far south and west of the nation. The capital city is Niamey, located in the far south-west corner of Niger.
The dog breed that originates in Niger is the Azawakh, also known as the Idi, Hanshee, Oska, Rawondu or the Toured Sloughi. This breed was developed in the harsh regions of the Saharan desert and was used for hunting, as a guard and as a companion by the Toureg people. Nowadays, this breed is a rather rare sight.