Afghan Hound

The Afghan hound originates from the country of Afghanistan. Prior to being called an Afghan hound, the breed was named Tazi. The breed dates back many thousands of years, having roots in the pre-Christian era. Although there is no written record of these dogs in such early times, DNA testing has confirmed them to be one of the most ancient breeds still in existence. Interestingly, Zeppo Marx was one of the first people to bring an Afghan hound to the United States. The breed gained tremendous popularity, particularly among girls, when a dog doll was fashioned to be sold alongside Barbie in the late 70's. Today, the dog remains popular but can be difficult to find.

The Afghan Hound has all the physical attributes of a dog that originated in the mountains. It is has strong feet allowing it to keep its balance in rocky terrain and a steep pelvis enabling it to leap high. Its silky coat protects it from low temperatures. Its coat needs be brushed regularly. Personality: This dog can come across as aloof, but it is protective and affectionate towards its owners. Afghan Hounds are reserved, or timid, toward strangers. Even though they are gentle with children, they may not be willing to interact or play with them. These are sensitive, smart dogs that need long walks on a daily basis and enough room to stretch their legs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Asia
Function
Life Span
10-13 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Eastern Greyhound, Persian Greyhound, Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound Build Information

Size
Large
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Hot

The Afghan Hound has all the physical attributes of a dog that originated in the mountains. It is has strong feet allowing it to keep its balance in rocky terrain and a steep pelvis enabling it to leap high. Its silky coat protects it from low temperatures. Its coat needs be brushed regularly.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

This dog can come across as aloof, but it is protective and affectionate towards its owners. Afghan Hounds are reserved, or timid, toward strangers. Even though they are gentle with children, they may not be willing to interact or play with them. These are sensitive, smart dogs that need long walks on a daily basis and enough room to stretch their legs.

Appearance

Colors
Black & Tan Sandy
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
High Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

The Afghan hound has a very fine coat. In fact, the Afghan's coat is more similar to human hair than it is to dog fur. Grooming is an absolute must for this breed; there is no getting around it. The fine fur of the hound tangles and mats easily.

Most owners choose to have a professional groomer keep their dog's coat in good condition.

Some owners choose to have their hounds clipped to keep the dog clean. If you choose to purchase an Afghan hound, look for a groomer that has experience with these dogs; maintaining the coat can be difficult without experience.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
Yes
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
Yes
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • Grooming is a must with this breed; it is not a choice
  • The dog is a natural hunter, chasing small animals with abandon
  • The breed is highly independent
  • The breed has a lower pain tolerance than other breeds
  • Train your puppy with a gentle hand and positive reinforcement

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Common Health Conditions in Afghan Hounds

Afghan hounds are a generally healthy breed. When it comes to common health issues, this breed is prone to allergies, cancer, hypothyroidism, and juvenile cataracts. While there is nothing that can prevent hereditary issues themselves, you can lessen the chance that your specific dog develops them. Only purchase a puppy that has parents with health certificates. At a minimum, Afghan hounds should be certified against hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand\'s disease, and hypothyroidism. The parents should also be tested for thrombopathia, and they should be checked for any eye problems. When you purchase a puppy from a breeder that has taken time to health certify the parents, you are less likely to have to deal with these issues with your own puppy.

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