Afghan Dog Breed at a Glance
The large-size Afghan Hound dog has a fine and silky, yet thick coat and unique features, making it an easy-to-recognize breed, with its ring-curled tail. It originates from the mountains of Afghanistan.
Its purpose was to hunt gazelles and hares. This breed easily handles both cold and hot climates.
The Afghan Hound dog breed also goes by numerous other names:
- Ogar Afgan
- Baluchi Hound
- Tazhi Spay
- Eastern or Persian Greyhound
- Da Kochyano Spay
- Sage Balochi
Although not a protective breed, it has a great watchdog ability to alert owners of any danger or if an intruder is present. This breed is good with kids and with other pets, but is not cat-friendly.
Breed Group: Hound
HISTORY of the Afghan Hound Dog Breed
The Afghan dog breeds were primarily used for hunting purposes. This breed was also used as a sight-hound, and is likely the first ever in the world to hold this title. See other hunting dog breeds.
PERSONALITY of the Afghan
Expect an affectionate, friendly, gentle, and playful dog in an Afghan Hound. It is independent, often detached, and highly sensitive.
He rarely barks unless there is reason to alert owners of any danger. He has a high hunting drive and impulse to wander.
The Afghan is a great dog for new owners but may be more difficult to train than other breeds. Patience is a virtue.
Physical Characteristics of the Afghan Hound
Common colors of the Afghan Hound are black, red, cream, golden, brindle, and tri-colored.
Its coat is long, silky, thick, and fine. Expect to vacuum frequently with this breed of dog, as it sheds extensively, and understand that its grooming needs involve high maintenance.
The typical Afghan Hound weighs between 44 and 75 pounds and stands between 24 and 29 inches tall.
HEALTH and CARE of the Afghan Hound
The life expectancy of the Afghan Hound is approximately 14 years, which is the average for larger breeds.
Common Health Problems and Concerns of Afghan Hounds
The Afghan Hound is susceptible to:
- Demodectic Mange Medium
- Hip Dysplasia.
Physical exercise daily is required with this breed to ensure it remains fit.
Feeding this breed in adulthood requires about 2.5 to 3 cups of dry food each day.
Daily grooming of the Afghan is necessary. Regular brushing and stripping or trimming by professional groomers is necessary.
The Afghan Hound was recognized by AKC in 1926.