The Afghan Hounds as the name suggests have originated from the roots of Afghanistan where they used to assist shepherds and hunters. These are among the oldest existing breeds with an exceptional skillset. The skills they acquired are a result of the harsh terrains of Afghanistan. There are 13 types of Afghan Hounds in Afghanistan. They were one of the most common breeds in the dog shows in 1930’s. Also, a majority of kennel clubs had recognized them by then. The breed is no longer used for hunting and has proven to be quite affable dogs over a period of time.
The Afghan Hounds have a dominating and high-spirited personality. They are known to be great performers in dog shows, but only when they feel like. It is no big deal if your Hound refuses to co-operate, in fact the understanding of this fact is what you should learn to incorporate in your minds. The breed has some adjusting problems with other pets, so we suggest your Afghan Hound to be the only pet in your family.
- Activity Level: 3.5/5 (active, but can be lazy at times)
- Intelligence Level: 4/5 (follow their own instincts)
- Friendliness: 2.5/5 (moderately social)
- Curious: 3/5 (not great watch dogs)
- Vocal: 2/5 (not very vocal)
The Afghan Hounds look as dangerous as they sound. Though they aren’t the best watch dogs, but their one look is enough to scare away the intruders. This broad-chested breed has all their hunter instincts in place and one could make out the how disgruntled they are from their grumpy faces.
- Fur: Being from the mountainous regions, they are blessed with a glamorous and highly lustrous coat with a short undercoat. They are furry as a stuffed toy and look highly majestic. Their coat comes in a variety of colors from light brown, dark brown, gold and brindle.
- Eyes: This beautiful looking breed has really pretty large and round eyes. Their eyes are commonly referred to as “almond-shaped”.
- Body Structure: This tall and proud breed goes up to a height of 24-29 inches with a long and well-defined head. They have strong jaws, long and strong neck and muscular legs. The tail is long and curled with a ring at the tip but is not carried over the back portion.
- Facial Features: The breed is not very socially expressive except for a few rare occasions. The ears lie completely flat to the head and those beautiful eyes are enough to express any gesture.
- Weight: They usually weigh around 50-64 pounds.
An otherwise healthy breed, the Afghan Hounds have certain genetic diseases they develop. Ear infections are highly common due to their hanging and long ear type. Cataract is another such common ailment but it can be surgically removed. Elbow dysplasia and hypothyroidism are two major diseases the breed is vulnerable to. Many diagnostic tests are there to figure out these ailments as well as veterinary help is available.
This headstrong creature requires a regular bath and lots of exercise requirement. Regular grooming is a must and since the breed is sensitive to pain, extra care should be taken. It’s tolerance to heat and cold is very high and commendable.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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