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Country of Origin, History of Afghan Hounds
This is a very ancient dog, native to Sinai, and mentioned several times in Egyptian papyruses as well as pictured in the caves of northern Afghanistan more than 4000 years ago. The breed was kept pure for centuries, and its exportation was always prohibited
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Description of the Dog
The Afghan Hound has an aristocratic bearing. It is tall and slender with a long, narrow, refined head, silky topknot and powerful jaws. The occiput and hipbones are quite prominent. The muzzle is slightly convex ("Roman nose") with a black nose. The teeth should meet in a level or scissors bite. The dark eyes are almond shaped. The ears lie flat to the head. The neck is long and strong. The front legs are strong and straight and the feet are large and covered with long hair. The tail has a curl or ring at the tip.
The long, rich, silky coat is most often the color of sand with a darker face and ear fringes, though all colors are permitted. White markings, however, are discouraged.
Height: Dogs 27 to 29 inches (68.58-73.66cm); slightly less for bitches.
Weight: 58-64lb (26-34kg.)
Temperament of the Breed
Dignified and independent, somewhat aloof, but very sweet, clownish, loyal, affectionate, majestic, elegant, noble, courageous and sensitive, with a low dominance level, They are suspicious of, but not hostile to, strangers. The Afghan has been described as "a king of dogs." Although tough, they will pine if they are deprived of attention. They will do best with older, considerate children and will put up with other animals if properly socialized. Some are timid and high strung.
The Afghan Hound is not recommended for apartment life as it is more suited to open spaces. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with acreage. This breed can live in or outdoors, although it would be happier sleeping indoors.
Since the Afghan Hound is sensitive, this breed must be trained gently, yet consistently. If not given the proper training and socialization, this breed can become destructive and disobedient. Obedience classes are recommended. This breed can be difficult to housebreak.
Afghan Hounds must be allowed to run free in a safe and fenced area as well as have long daily walks. Thirty minutes of daily running is recommended for this breed.
The long, thick coat demands a great deal of attention. Weekly baths are a good idea, specially if the dog is shown, to prevent matting. The coat shouldn’t be trimmed. Many wear snoods indoors to protect their ears from food bowls. A special air-cushioned brush or pinbrush is useful for grooming. This breed is an average shedder.
Major health issues are allergies, and cancer. Sensitivity to anesthesia is an issue the Afghan hound shares with the rest of the sighthound group, as sighthounds have relatively low levels of body fat. The Afghan has a low pain tolerance, thereby suffering even with minor injuries.
Life Expectancy: About 14 years.
Group: Hound Dogs
AKC Popularity Ranking: 87
Also Known As: Baluchi Hound, Sage Baluchi, Tazi, Ogar Afgan
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