As the name implies the Afghan Hound breed comes from Afghanistan and it was the breed for hunting because of the speed, agility and long legs this dog possess. Family member of hounds, this is a breed that enjoys a long history, dating back hundreds of years. The Afghan Hound appeared in Europe and America in the early 20th century. This was due to the fact that the Afghan people refused to sell its national breed to foreigners. It was first registered by the AKC in 1926.
The Afghan Hound is called "beauty queen" because of the ease of movement, posture, and her exotic appearance full of dignity. In his homeland Afghanistan, this breed enjoys special privileges. According to the Koran (Quran), the Afghan Hound is the only dog who can enter the house.
This type of hound is extremely proud and regal looking dog with long shiny hair, which can be any colour, including blue, brown, black and cream among others. The normal height of this large breed is 63-70 cm and weight - 23-32 kg.
The body of the Afghan Hound is slim with elegant regal strut, the head is elongated. The famous hound ears are large, hanging and covered with long hair. The tail has a form of a saber.
Character and behaviour
The Afghan Hound dog is an active and cheerful creature with a strong character and personality.
These dogs are very independent, but it is not a breed that likes to be left alone for a long time and if ignored can become bored and destructive. This hound is most recommended for people with experience with dogs cause training them is a real challenge.
The Afghan Hound puppies can be very picky when it comes to their food and they need a lot of attention to create confidence and to reduce the possibility of boredom. These careful dogs may be distrustful among strangers and are often considered awkward.
Training and education
The Afghan hound along with other large dogs, need a daily dose of exercise and therefore is not suitable for inactive families. This is a very quick and agile dog, which is why it should always be kept safe and in secured territory. High fences are recommended, as the Afghan hound dog is a very good jumper.
If you are looking for puppies for sale, you must check if both parents of the puppy you choose have OFA and CERF certificates. Other common health issues are thyroid problems, OCD and auto-immune problems. This breed is also very sensitive to chemicals and drugs.
The life expectancy of the Afghan Hound is from 10 to 12 years.
Grooming and care
The Afghan Hound has a silky shiny coat that requires a lot of effort when it comes to maintenance. You can expect to spend three or four hours a week caring for the appearance of this breed. You can trim the bottom and clean her ear canals for health and hygiene reasons. These dogs are not the best choice for those who have allergies or cannot devote the necessary time combing their pets.
Children and other pets
The Afghan Hound easily makes friends with other dogs and puppies, loves to play with children and rarely barks. Unfortunately, her voice is very loud and insistent, especially if the puppy is hurt. In the apartment this dog occupies a small space, sleeping in different, sometimes quite funny poses.
For centuries, one of the tasks of the Afghan Hound was to steal items from the neighbouring tents. During the training in "pick-pocketing" these dogs sometimes manifested miracles of cunning and wit. Since, according to the Koran (Quran) theft is punished severely and without trial, Afghan hounds were bound to be very resourceful. They carefully studied the habits and character of its owner and the neighbours, their strengths and weaknesses.
On August 3, 2005, a Korean scientist announced that his team of researchers are the first who have successfully cloned a dog. This dog, an Afghan hound, was called Snoopy. Later that year a series of fraud and lies made by that scientist were found. Nevertheless Snoopy is a real clone, and the first cloned dog in history.