The Afghan Hound is a happy-tempered, dignified, and aloof dog that makes a great family pet.
The Afghan Hound is not just majestic-looking. He exudes an air of aristocracy and is self-reliant. Despite this, he has a nice personality and is often funny, especially as a puppy. Afghans can be rude to visitors, yet they are loyal to their immediate human relatives.
Afghans are an energetic breed, thus they require a healthy diet and lots of exercise to maintain their high levels of energy. This sighthound, which was developed to hunt and pursue animals by sight, has strong impulses to run after anything it perceives as prey. Walking an Afghan off-leash is not advised, even with frequent training. A tall, sturdy fence should surround any outside play spaces. To expend stored energy, organisms require lots of space to run at top speed.
Afghans have a lean physique with jutting hipbones. The dog’s distinctive breed characteristic does not indicate that it is underweight.
Instead, they have hip joints that pivot, which enables them to move fast over terrain and pass obstacles with ease. To protect their joints from rough terrain, their enormous paw pads act as shock absorbers.
12 to 14 years
A wide range of hues, including black, black and silver, black and tan, blue, blue and cream, red, silver, or white, are available for the Afghan Hound. A black mask, brindle, brindle black mask, brindle domino, or domino may also be present on Afghans.
This breed with a long coat sheds less than other breeds, although they do need more maintenance. Afghan puppies’ short coats mean that they require little upkeep. Adolescence causes the development of a lengthy coat, which requires routine maintenance.
Daily brushing removes dirt and debris and keeps the coat free of mats and tangles. Another necessity is regular bathing.
Afghan Hounds are more sensitive to anaesthesia since they have less body fat than other breeds. If your Afghan needs surgery, experts advise locating a veterinarian who has experience with sighthounds.
Their wide chest makes them more susceptible to bloat, an abrupt and frequently fatal swelling of the abdomen.
Responsible breeders do thyroid, thyroid, and hip screenings. The Afghan’s long, drooping ears make ear infections more likely.
Among purebred dogs, the Afghan Hound is one of the oldest. It is indeed so ancient that it was created thousands of years before written records were preserved.
The breed’s roots can be traced to parts of Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, but because to its extensive history, a precise location cannot be determined.
Elite mountain kingdoms in Asia have Afghan hunting allies. They pursued enormous prey both in the mountains and the desert. Their capacity to hunt without human guidance was coveted.
Afghan Hounds were not known to Western societies until the 1800s, despite being a common sight in ancient Eastern cultures. The breed was brought to Europe by English officers returning from time spent serving in the remote reaches of the British Empire.
Afghan Hounds were the preferred breed among upper-class Britons by the 1900s. The breed was initially recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1927, but it wasn’t until the 1930s that it began to grow in popularity here. Later, in 1957 and again in 1983, the Afghan Hound won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.