Meet the Breed: The Afghan Hound
An elegant, lithe dog with profuse silky, fine fur on the top of the head, the neck, the ribs, the legs, and hindquarters. The head is long and narrow with little to no stop from the muzzle to the top of the head. The nose is dark, and the almond-shaped eyes are brown. The ears are dropped and lay close to the head. The neck is long and strong. The height at the withers should be almost level and the abdomen well tucked up. The hipbones are quite prominent. The tail is unique in the way it curls at the tip. The 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, especially on the head.
This is an ancient breed exclusive to the area of Sinai, Afghanistan. They were depicted in cave drawings from 4,000 years ago. Afghans were used for hunting and herding and never permitted to be exported. They were smuggled to Europe in the 1900s and grew in popularity with their regal appearance.
The Afghan is described as being almost cat like in the way that they appear somewhat aloof and show affection on their terms. They are considered to be loyal and intelligent, though may be resistant to training, as if they are just simply too cool to submit to requests. They can be sensitive, so they require gentle yet firm leadership from an intuitive trainer. They are active and love to run, especially when they spot wildlife, so they require supervision during outings. They run very fast, up to 40 MPH, so an adequate, safe space for this is helpful.
Breed Club Links: Afghan Hound Club of America
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Featured photo by Paul Dixon.
Posted by Mary