Glamorous, elegant sighthound of the Afghan desert
An ancient member of the sighthound family, the Afghan Hound was first bred thousands of years ago by nomadic peoples of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India. Much of the breed’s history has been lost as warlike factions led by leaders like Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great overran the region. Although it’s believed this is a very old dog breed, was created in deserts of ancient Egypt and mountains of Afghanistan around 4000 years BC. The breed was developed and has been shaped by the need to course game across mountainous terrain. An extremely skilled hunter, the Afghan Hound was used to bring down both large and small game, including antelopes and perhaps even leopards. Afghan Hounds made their first pilgrimage out of the Middle East with British soldiers, who brought them back to England in the 19th century.
An intelligent and independent mind, their whole appearance is one of dignity and style. To their own they are devoted and loyal with a charming and lively personality. On the one hand, the Afghan Hound is loving and deeply attached to their people, with those they love, they can be an endearing, humorous, and even silly companion. On the other hand, the breed is known for being independent, regal, and and even aloof. Given the chance, the Afghan will be the lord or lady of the manor and take their true place as royalty. The Afghan Hound is an athlete capable of immense speed and requires a large fenced in yard and a considerable amount of exercise daily. Training an Afghan Hound can be a challenge – they learn very quickly but then have to be convinced that there is a purpose behind what they have learned! If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, and if you know that this magnificent dog is more than just a showpiece, an Afghan Hound will reward you by being a sweet, deeply loving, and highly entertaining canine member of the family.
Read more about the history of this breed – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Hound|
|Country of Origin||Afghanistan|
|Exercise Needed||More than 2 hours a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Large|
|Height at Withers – Females||63 – 69 cm / 25 – 27 in|
|Height at Withers – Males||68 – 74 cm / 27 – 29 in|
|Coat||Long and fine|
|Colour||Various – see photos|
|Life Span||10 – 14 years|
- Afghans are now kept as house pets and show dogs rather than hunters, although some adventurous owners take them lure-coursing to simulate a hunt.
- Afghan Hound can reach the speed of 40 miles per hour and jump distance of up to 7 feet from a standing position.
- Due to ability to run very fast and follow decoy, Afghan Hounds are often used in lure coursing events, where they chase plastic bags which create impression of animals these dogs would naturally hunt.
- Afghan Hound will refuse to move and even fall asleep when it is faced with unpleasant or stressful situation. “Drippy” nose is also symptom of an upset Afghan Hound.
- They are sight hounds and will chase live game, so off leash exercise should be restricted to safely fenced areas.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Afghan Hounds.
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WEBSITES ABOUT AFGHAN HOUNDS
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Afghan Hound breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.
- Afghan Hound Association
- Afghan Hound Club of America – National Rescue
- Afghan Hound Club
- Afghan Hound Club of America
- Afghan Hound Club of Wales
- Western Afghan Hound Club
- The Midland Afghan Hound Club
- The Afghan Hound Association of Southern Africa
- Nutmeg Afghan Hound Club
- Afghan Hound Club of NSW
- Oz Afghans
- Afghan Hound Rescue of So. California
- Evergreen Afghan Hound Club
- Couches For Afghans
- The Afghan Hound Club of Scotland
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