Breed of the Week - Afghan Hound

The Afghan hound is a member of the hound group. The Afghan hound hunts by sight, which is referred to as a “sight hound”, and probably originally hunted hares, deer and big cats with human hunters.

The Afghan hound is one of the oldest sight hounds; originating as a coursing hound in the mountainous areas of Afghanistan. Afghan Hounds first appeared in England in the early 1900’s and in the United States in the 1920’s, growing in popularity since, especially with dog show fanciers.

Even though the Afghan is a tall dog at 25 to 27 inches, he moves with grace and dignity. Whether galloping with style or striding with head and tail held high, the Afghan is a remarkable sight. As the AKC Breed Standard states “Moving with head and tail high, the whole appearance of the Afghan hound is one of great style and beauty.”

The Afghan coat is unique and easily recognizable with long silky hair on the entire body except the back “saddle” which is short and close. Regular grooming of the thick, silky hair is needed to keep it mat free and glamorous.

While modern Afghan Hounds may not hunt, they do well in lure coursing and can be successful in agility trials.

This intelligent breed is somewhat aloof and independent and requires firm training with a gentle hand and lots of patience. Regular mental and physical exercise is required for a well adjusted Afghan hound. Daily walks will satisfy some exercise needs and reinforce the owner in the leadership position. However, Afghans love to run free in a fenced in area and should be allowed to stretch their legs this way.
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