Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound a very old sight hound dog breed. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan, where it was originally used to hunt wolves, foxes, and gazelles. Provided that you can give it the conditions and care that it needs, there are few more rewarding dogs to own than the exotic and highly individualistic Afghan Hound.

Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is truly a king among dogs. A true aristocrat, the stylish Afghan is an elegant, strong, dignified dog combining great speed and power. The Afghan Hound is a member of the sighthound family, along with the other extremely fast coursing dogs, such as the Greyhound, Saluki and Whippet. The Afghan Hound originates from Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India where it was used to course game across mountainous terrain. Owned by both royalty and tribesmen it was used to hunt to provide food or simply to provide sport for the nobility. During the 19th century British soldiers took the first specimens back with them to England

The Afghan Hound requires considerable exercise in order to maintain good physical condition, as well as a space in which to play. An extremely agile dog, it can gallop at speeds of at least 60 kms per hour, take a broad jump of 6 meters and can leap 3 metres high from a standing position.

Its second important need is regular grooming and a glance at the long thick, silky coat will tell you that this is indeed a time-consuming job. The Afghan Hound comes in a kaleidoscope of solid colours, including white, blonde, red, black, black and tan, blue, and brindle. White markings are not favoured.

The aloof demeanour and independent spirit, which is so typical of this spectacular breed can mean that it may be a little more difficult to train than some other dogs. However. kindness and patient handling will quickly make the Afghan Hound a loyal and loving companion.

Colors of the Afghan Hound

Country of Origin: Afghanistan

FCI Classification:

Utilization: Sighthound

Registration FCI Classification: Group 10: Sighthounds; Section 1: Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds; AKC Classification: Hound Group

Personality: Intelligent, confident, sometimes stubborn. In general, Afghans can be very stand-offish and are sometimes wary of strangers.

Size: Large

Colors: All colors are acceptable

Litter Size: 8

Life Span: 9-15 years

Grooming Requirements: High. Afghans require weekly baths and brush-outs to prevent coat from becoming a mess.

Shedding: Heavy

Social skills: The Afghan Hound gets along well with other dogs and lives in harmony with other pets.

Suitability for Children: Gets along with children very well.

Exercise Needs: Two hours a day

Train Ability: Very sensitive to harsh corrections, patience and consistence are the best ways to use. Afghans will pursue and dispatch anything that runs from them and should never be allowed to run at large.

Health & Behavioral Issues: Responsible breeders will screen their dogs for:

Cataracts (CERF certification); Corneal Dystrophy, Demodicosis, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism. High sensitivity to anesthesia.

Afghan Hound Female Dog Names

Adiva Paris, Alanna Phe, Alfie Punky, Ali Remi, Anita Saba, Cartier Savanna, China Scheherezade, Dakota Spirit, Didge Sprinkles, Doris Thor, Duma Tigris, Eva Tully, Grace Twinkle, Gracey Via, Lizzie Zaira, Lucy Zara.

Afghan Hound Male Dog Names

Andy Pally, Armilla Phobos, Bowie Pokey, Caballero Quincy, Cracker Rio, Ego Rugby, Evan Scooter, Fire Striker, Jeffie Tariq, Kyle Taylor, Mason Tyler, Nomin Zorg.

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