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Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound
"Travis" pedigree name Zhaqqari T' Nage Kicks JW AI- aged 22 months- Colour Black
Photo with thanks to Jo Smith, www.zhaqqari.co.uk

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Origin / History The Afghan Hound is a very ancient dog breed that is native to Sinai. In fact, it has been depicted in the insides of caves in Afghanistan over 4000 years ago. They have also been mentioned in Egyptian papyruses. This is a breed that was formerly called "Persian Greyhound", and is also known as a "Baluchi Hound", or "Tazi". For hundreds of years, Afghan Hounds remained in Afghanistan mountains and weren't allowed to be exported.

Afghan Hounds were originally used for the purpose of hunting gazelles, wolves, and foxes. Shepherds also used these dogs as watchdogs and herders. During the twentieth century, though, Afghan Hounds were brought to England. When the breed was finally brought to America, it developed a glamorous reputation and became popular as a show dog. It was only in the 1930s, though, that the American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club gave recognition to the breed. In 2005, an Afghan Hound which was named "Snuppy" made waves as it became the world's first cloned dog.

Appearance Afghan Hounds are sighthounds with almond-shaped eyes, and ears that lie flat against their head. They are tall dogs with slender bodies and long coats. Their coat is made up of fine, silky hairs. Aside from that, they also have shorter-haired saddles at their backs. They are known to have high hipbones and their tails have a ring or curl at the tip.

Colours Afghan Hounds are almost always sand-colored, but any color is acceptable. However, white markings on the dog's face is discouraged and patches of red or black on a white coat is usually not acceptable because the patches are indications of impure breeding.

Temperament Afghan hounds may take a while to housebreak and some of them may be highly strung or timid. However, they are loyal, sweet, sensitive, and affectionate. In fact, they have even been dubbed as the "king of dogs" since they are courageous, noble, elegant, and majestic. These dogs get along well with other pets that are raised with them. They are also tolerant of children, although well-behaved children and older children are the preferable Afghan Hound companions.

Height and Weight 63.5 - 73.5 cm in height and 23-27 Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.

Common Health Problems Most health problems of Afghan Hounds are cancer and allergies. Aside from that, Afghan Hounds have low tolerance for pain, which leads to them having difficulty coping even with minor injuries. They are also very sensitive to anesthesia.

Living Conditions Afghan Hounds will make do living in alarge flat or apartment so long as they get plenty of daily exercise. They of course would prefer to be living in a property with a nice sized garden.

Exercise Requirements Since Afghan Hounds are dogs with high energy levels, they must be taken for long walks daily. They should also be granted at least 30 minutes each day to off the lead to run around in open spaces.

Training Requirements Training Afghan Hounds can be really challenging to the owners, but these are dogs that are quick to learn. If Afghan Hounds aren't trained properly, they may become destructive. They are also known to behave somewhat like cats, and owners must not be surprised to find out that these dogs sometimes ignore commands rather than obey them. Since these dogs lean towards independence rather than obedience, kind but firm training is needed. Those who are just novice owners of Afghan Hounds can go to local dog training programs to find out more about how to train their dogs.

They are a hound breed with a strong chase instinct so teaching them the recall will require particular patience and persistence.

Life Expectancy The life span of Afghan Hounds is approximately 12 - 14 years.

Grooming Since Afghan Hounds have long, thick coats, grooming must be done carefully. Air-cushioned brushes or pinbrushes will be good for combing the dog's coat. It is important that the Afghan Hound's coat does not undergo trimming. Bathing Afghan Hounds and cleaning their ear passages once a week will be good for the dog.

Famous Examples Snuppy the world's first cloned dog.

CompleteDogsGuide Comment A very elegant looking breed which also needs owners who can provide plenty of exercise as well as spare time for grooming on a daily basis.

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More Afghan Hound Information: Check out our Afghan Hound Clubs and links to more informative websites dedicated to the breed.

Submit your Afghan Hound pictures Send us any pics of your Afghan Hound, let us know there name and age and any other details. We'll add to this page. Contact us

Afghan Hound Photos
Afghan Hound Annabel
Birkhall Annabel - aged 4 years, colour - Black
Afghan Hound Cloudberry
Birkhall Cloudberry AI, aged 2 years, colour - Black masked Cream

Photos with thanks to Claire Hindley, www.birkhall-hounds.com
Afghan Hound Don
Ch. Khafka's Don Juan, Champion de France
 
Photos with thanks to Florence, www.chevcharis.chiens-de-france.com/
Afghan Hound Maiko
"Geisha" (Registered Name--Tahkira Angelsun Memoirs)

Photos with thanks to Kelly Lynn Smith, www.angelsunafghans.com

 


 

 

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