Thinking about purchasing an Afghan Hound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Afghan Hound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good Afghan Hound owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Afghan Hound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Afghan Hound Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Afghan Hound and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Afghan Hound Breed Profile
The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, their whole appearance is one of dignity and aloofness with no coarseness. Afghan Hounds' striking characteristics are their exotic expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern and prominent hipbones. They are large, powerful, squarely built and agile. They are one of the most glamorous breeds. An Afghan Hound's elegance makes them a popular show dog with their long, refined head and neck and long, tapered muzzle. Their coats are long and silky except on the face and back where the hair is short. Afghan Hounds have a side which is an arrogant mischievous companion, but they can be aloof with strangers, but are friendly and affectionate with their family. Afghan Hounds have recently been utilized in the sport of Afghan racing. They make delightful pets, but require much grooming on behalf of their beautiful coat.
Other Names: Tazi, Baluchi Hound
27 inches; Females: 25 inches.
Hounds come in all colors, and many different patterns.
Hounds are reserved, lively, and active. They are a strong willed and dignified
dog. They can be very aloof with strangers, which is their trademark, but they
can also be the best of playmates. Quite clownish at times, the Afghan Hound
can do well with children if socialized. They are affectionate and friendly
with family. They can be rather independent however, which makes it difficult
to train. They can get along with other dogs but are never ever trustworthy
with smaller animals, as they have a high prey drive.
Afghan Hound Care and Training:
Afghan Hounds' coats need extensive grooming, daily grooming is recommended
especially for mat removal. Bathing them two or three times per month, pay special
attention to the ears. Afghan Hounds love to run. Daily exercise is needed,
preferably morning and evening runs. They are difficult to train because of
their independent nature. Intelligent they are, but they need a strong, committed
owner. This will lead to a happy relationship in the household.
Activity: Moderate - High.
Afghan Hound Health Issues: This is generally a healthy and robust breed. There is potential for juvenile cataracts and possible hip dysplasia. They may also have a sensitivity to drugs, flea powders and tickicides. There have been rare cases of progressive paralysis. Cryptorchidism, monorchidism and heart problems may also pertain to this breed.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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