The Afghan Hound is a unique and ancient dog breed that has a dramatic silky coat, exotic face, and thin build. It is elegance personified but its enthusiasm describes it as both aloof and comical. This dog breed came from Afghanistan and is thought to date back to the pre-Christian era, making it one of the oldest breeds. If you like this dog breed, then let us know more about the Afghan Hound.
The Afghan Hound dog breed originated in Afghanistan where it was formerly called Tazi. This dog breed has been thought to date back to the pre-Christian era and based on researchers, it is one of the most ancient dog breeds, dating back thousands of years. It was originally bred and used for hunting hares, antelope, wolves, and even falcons because if its agility and speed.
An English officer stationed near Kabul was the first documentation of a Western Afghan breeder. In 1925, Afghan Hounds from his Ghazni Kennel were transported to England and then made their way to the United States. In 1926, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club, and in 1940, the Afghan Hound Club of America was admitted for membership with the AKC.
One of the first to bring Afghan Hounds to America was Zeppo Marx of the Marx brothers. The popularity of the Afghan Hound soared in the late 1970’s when Barbie, who is responsible for more than 80 percent of Mattel’s profits, and Beauty, her Afghan Hound, found their way into the homes and hearts of many American girls. In the same decade, there were lure coursing competitions that were developed which added to the breed’s appeal.
The Afghan Hound became a popular AKC show ring star in the 1980s. In spite of the breed’s independent nature, it has branched out into obedience competition.
Characteristics of an Afghan Hound
Average height: 2 feet – 2 feet and 4 inches tall at the shoulder
Average weight: 50 – 60 pounds
Afghan Hounds belong to the hound dogs breed and they can live for 10 to 12 years. Male Afghan Hounds can grow up to 27 inches tall and about 60 pounds, while females can grow up to 25 inches tall and up to 60 pounds. Their hair has a very fine in texture just like human hair that is thick and silky. Their bodies are abundantly covered in hair, even their ears and feet, except their backs where the hair is short and close. They can come in any solid color.
Afghan Hounds are usually one-person or one-family dogs. This means that they will not greet your guests eagerly. They may bark once or twice when a stranger enters your home, and they are also not good watchdogs. They are independent thinkers, making it difficult to train them. They are also not motivated by food and they do not possess a strong desire to please unlike other dog breeds.
Their independent nature and large size makes them best suited as adult companions and they are not likely to follow around and play with children. In fact, children’s quick movements and noise can startle an Afghan Hound.
Afghan Hounds also tend to enjoy the company of other Afghan Hounds. They will tolerate and even be indifferent to other pets in a household. Small animals who run away can also trigger the Afghan Hound’s hunter instinct and might chase them.
Caring for an Afghan Hound
Afghan Hounds like it better to be inside with family They are laid back and calm, but they are active dogs as well, therefore, they also need daily exercise such as a leash walk or run. If you plan to keep them in a yard, a high and secure fencing is needed because they are adept escape artists and once they get away, they are very difficult to catch.
It is a must to groom Afghan Hounds because they have fine coats that has a tendency to tangle easily. They need regular or even daily brushing and combing, and as well as frequent bathing. Since grooming an Afghan Hound is difficult and time consuming, it’s better to hire a professional groomer to keep their coats in good condition.
Afghan Hounds also have pendant or hanging ears which are prone to ear infections. Therefore, it’s advisable to check their ears weekly and wipe them out using a cotton ball moistened with a cleanser as advised by your vet. Their teeth should also be brushed at least two or three times a week to avoid tartar build up. And remember to trim their nails once or twice a month.
For their food, the recommended daily amount is 2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food, divided into two meals. The amount of food you should give should depend on your pet’s age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
The Afghan Hound is indeed one of the most eye-catching dog breeds. And despite its regal appearance, it can exhibit an endearing streak of silliness and profound loyalty, making it one of the best companion dog breeds as well.