The Afghan Hound is 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. A true aristocrat, the stylish Afghan is an elegant, strong, dignified dog combining great speed and power. 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 colors, including white, blonde, red, black, black and tan, blue, and brindle. White markings are not favoured.
The aloof demeanor 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.
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.
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.
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. The Afghan Hound requires considerable exercise in order to maintain good physical condition, as well as a space to play.
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. The breed is highly sensitivite 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.