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Afghan Hound Dog Breed Explained

Afghan hound, Often called the king of the dog world, is known for its beauty and elegance.

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The Afghan hound dog breed has keen eyesight and originally bred to hunt game as a sight hound.

However, because of the nomadic life of the Afghan and Pakistan tribes that created the Afghan breed, it continued to evolve until it became a multi-purpose helper.

The Afghan is one of the few dog breeds that can hunt game, herd sheep and protect its home with equal skill.

Today, this member of the American Kennel Club's hound group excels in obedience, as well.

Afghan Hound

The Afghan weighs fifty to sixty pounds and stands between twenty-four and twenty-eight inches high.

These dogs have a long coat on the lower half of their bodies and a shorter coat on their chest and back. They are known for their elegant topknots.

This dog breed can come in any color or combination of colors, but white markings are unfavorable. The Afghan has long ears covered in sleek hair.

This breed's dark eyes have an Oriental appearance.

Afghan Hounds are graceful and regal, but they are also powerful.

This energetic hound dog has been bred to endure rigorous conditions.

This dog breed needs quite a bit of exercise, so it is not ideal for an apartment. Be sure that you only exercise your dog in a fenced yard or on a lead.

They are much too fast for humans to catch them easily if they decide to run off!

If you do allow your Afghan to romp in your yard, be sure that the fence is substantially high.

The Afghan hound has the ability to soar easily over fences that would contain the average dog.

If you are looking for a pet that does well with small children, you may not want to choose an Afghan.

These dogs are very attached to family and friends, so much that they do not adjust well to being placed in a new home once they are adults.

Clicker training is a good choice for the afghan dog breed.

When feeding Afghan Hounds, you should keep a few speciaal considerations in mind.

These dogs are prone to bloat, so if you are feeding a dry food diet, you should soak the food in water for five or ten minutes before you give it to your dog.

You should also be sure you do not let your dog out to run for at least an hour after he eats. Do not allow your afghan to guzzle water and always be sure the water is room temperature.

The Afghan hound is a healthy breed overall.

Besides bloat, this breed is prone to cancer and allergies.

If your Afghan needs surgery, goes in for dental cleaning, or grooming, be sure you remind your vet that this dog breed has problems with anesthesia.

Because of its thick, silky coat, the Afghan will need to be groomed regularly. Brush your dog's coat thoroughly at least twice a week.

You will need to clip your afghanÂ’s toenails once a month and should consider brushing its teeth daily.

If you want a dog breed that is dependent on you, then an Afghan hound is not right for you and your family.

However, if you do not mind having a dog that is independent and likes to think for himself, then this dog breed may be the perfect choice for you.

Afghan Hound Dog Breed Explained

Dog bullet  Afghan Hound Dog Breed
Country of Origin: Afghanistan

Dog Breed Family The Afghan Hound belongs to the family known as Sighthounds.
Alternative Names Baluchi Hound; Sage Baluchi; Tazi; Ogar Afghan
Classification FCI: Group 10, Section 1, #228; AKD: Hound Stds; ANKC: Group 4 (Hounds);
CKC: Group 2 (Hounds); KC (UK): Hound; NZKC: Hounds; UKC: Sighthounds and Pariah Dogs
Weight 20 - 27 kg; 45 - 60 lbs
Height 61-73 cm; 24-29 inches
Coat Long and Fine
Activity Level Very High
Learning Rate Very low
Temperament Reserved, lively, active
Guard Dog Ability Low
Watch-dog Ability High
Litter Size 6 - 8
Life Span 11 - 13 years

Dog Breed Family Include:

Sight hounds - Sighthounds are able to quickly detect movement, and have very keen eyesight. Sighthounds were breed to catch prey such as deer and hare. This dog breed should have a flexible back and long legs with a long stride.

Scent hounds - This dog breed is regarded as having some of the most sensitive noses among canines. Scent hounds have historically been a rather fierce group capable of contending with wild boar, cats and wolves.

Herding dog breed - The herding breed has developed working characteristics which enhance their ability to handle live stock. Include cattle, sheep, and reindeer. The main function of this type of dog breed is to guard live stock and other animals from predators and theft. Herding dogs do not guard flocks but move them.

Gun dogs - Gundogs are divided into three primary classes: Retrievers, flushing spaniels, and pointing breeds.
There are several types of gundogs, each type consisting of multiple breeds.

Afghan Hound Trivia

The Afghan Hound is mentioned in writings as far back as 4000 B.C., and its name can be translated as "baboon" or "monkey-faced hound." Despite the unflattering name, he was a favorite of royalty.

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