Afghan Hound

General Description

The Afghan Hound is a breed of sighthound dogs that has majestic qualities. They have a tall built bone structure with resilient muscled limbs. Afghan Hounds have a long thin head with clarified facial features and a strong jaw. Their muzzle is ever so slightly arched and their teeth typically meet at a level or scissors bite. Afghan Hounds have typical features of a sighthound, such as dark, almond-shaped eyes, a black nose, and shaggy, medium-length ears that hang flat against their heads. Due to the size and running ability, they have exceptional hip bones with large fur covered feet. The Afghan Hound has a strong and muscular neck as well as front legs. Afghan Hounds have a distinctive, long tail with a curl at the tip that hangs low, instead of directly up or curled over the back. For show ring standards the Afghan Hound has  nearly-level withers and an abdomen that is properly tucked up into the rib cage. Afghan Hounds have very long, thick, luxuriously silky coats. Afghan Hounds come in a variety of colors  which are acceptable in the show ring. Typically you can see the Afghan Hound in gray coloring with darker accents around the face and ear fringes. A distinguishing characteristic for the Afghan Hound is the long topknot and short haired saddle of their luxuriously beautiful coat. The Afghan Hound is a very active breed of dog which is highly intelligent.

Characteristics

The Afghan Hound is known to hold an aristocratic or arrogant type of personality. Not your typical aiming to please breed, the Afghan Hound can be regal and aloof. Proper bonding and training is a must when bringing home an Afghan Hound. The breed is commonly referred to as the “Ling of Dogs”. The breed projects nobility and grace. Afghan Hounds are dignified and can make absolutely wonderful family pets. They can be very gentle and kind and typically do well with households who understand their needs. Although they project nobility and some what of an arrogant personality they can be goofy at times. They can also be independent. If training is neglected you can see an easily disobedient Afghan Hound and a very unhappy owner.

Size:

24 – 29” / 50 – 70 Lbs

General Health:

Afghan Hounds are a typically very healthy breed, with an inclination towards normal faults like allergies such is the same with any other breed. The breed does have a low pain tolerance due to the low body fat. Anesthesia should also be cautioned due to the thin frame of the Afghan Hound. Generally speaking, the Afghan Hound typically runs a life span of about 12 to 14 years on average. They can have anywhere from 1 to 15 puppies in a litter with the average size being about 8. The Afghan Hound loves to run and gallop and should be allowed to do so in a wide open space for at least a half hour or more depending on the individual. 

History

The Afghan Hound was not present in the americas or Europe until after the turn of the twentieth century. Originating in either Afghanistan or Russia, the Afghan hound was forbidden from being exported to other countries. The Afghan Hound dates back thousands of years making it one of the most ancient dog breeds. At first the Afghan Hound was actually used as a shepherd and hunter for various types of game. Since they are agile and fast this made perfect sense, and their dense heavy coats helped protect them from extreme weather conditions. The Afghan Hound is actually a very versatile breed that is able to hunt, heard, participate in sighting, tracking, as well as racing. Typically they make very good watch or guard dogs as well due to their general aloofness.

Maintenance

As expected due to the luxuriously silky long dense coat of the Afghan Hound they typically require a bit of maintenance. To keep a good shine and length to the coat a weekly bath is recommended. The coat should not be brushed in-between baths which is a bit of a curve ball. Brushing in-between bathing can actually cause the coat to mat even more. Even with the long flowing coat the Afghan Hound is considered an average shedder.

Environment

Like most breeds, the Afghan Hound can adapt to any lifestyle. However, they are truly the happiest when given the opportunity to run and spread their legs. A decent sized backyard to a large backyard is ideal. Or, frequent walks and outings will suit just fine. 

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