The Afghan Hound!

Known for its aristocratic bearing, the Afghan Hound is tall, willowy, with an elongated head and a silky topknot. Its convex muzzle gives it an appearance of a “Roman nose,” complemented by delicate almond shaped eyes. Its legs are long and straight. It has a silky coat, with its face and ears in a deeper shade, and a curled tail. This majestic appearance has given it the title “a king of dogs”. The Afghan Hound is also considered to be one of the oldest known breeds.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
13-15 years

Energy Level:
Moderate

Living Conditions:
Indoor with yard for play

Barking:
Mild

Exercise Needs:
Yard play and 30 minute walks

Breed Group:
Hound

Size:
Medium-Large

Height:
27-29 inches

Weight:
55-70 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Wide variety, especially combinations that highlight thethick, luxorious coat; white markings, on the face, are frowned upon.

National breed club:
The Afghan Hound Club of America

Afghan Hound Skills

Because of its great speed and agility (courtesy of its pivotal hip joints), the Afghan Hound was once a hunting dog used by the Afghan tribes of the Sanai and Egyptian deserts to catch gazelles, deer and even leopards. It also guarded sheep and cattle. Today the Afghan Hound's skill is showcased in agility events and sports like lure coursing. With proper training and handling, its skittish nature can be tempered, revealing a playfulness that makes it a popular “therapy” dog to visit hospitals and homes for the elderly.

Afghan Hound Personality

The Afghan Hound is a very spirited dog, and needs to be trained gently but firmly—rough handling will only bring out its stubborn and defiant streak. This is one reason why it is difficult to housebreak, but once it decides that it likes obedience, it is intelligent enough to be taught many tricks. The Afghan Hound is aloof with strangers, but is very affectionate with its owners, and will (due to its very sensitive personality) even become depressed if it feels neglected. It is also important to select puppies very carefully. Observe their interactions with siblings to check for high strung or timid behavior. Afghan Hounds should be supervised at all times and are not recommended for families with young children.

Exercise Needs

This Afghan needs at least 30 minutes of free galloping a day (preferably in a large yard), and long daily walks.

Living Conditions

Afghan Hounds prefer sleeping indoors, but need large lawns or open spaces and plenty of exercise to stay happy. They are not well-suited for apartments.

Grooming Requirements

The Afghan needs weekly baths and frequent brushing to avoid matts and tangles, especially in adulthood when its luxurious coat becomes thicker and longer. It does not shed.

Health Issues

Though not as prone as other dogs, the Afghan Hound can suffer from hip dysplasia, juvenila cataracts, hypothyroidism and enzyme deficiencies. Older Afghan Hounds may also be prone to cancer.

If you liked this dog…

The Afghan Hound needs great patience and gentleness. If you are looking for an intelligent and playful pet, but one with a less sensitive personality, consider a Collie. The breeds have very similar skills and share a long-haired, elegant appearance.

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