This breed is considered to be one of the oldest types of dogs in existence. Afghan Hounds originated from the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the northern part of India. This high-class dog was brought to Europe in the 1800s, probably by English troops who went back home during the colonization of the East.
The ancestry of Afghan Hounds is difficult to trace yet some experts believe that they share a common lineage with Saluki, Sloughi and Azawakh breeds.
Traits and Behavior
The Afghan Greyhound has a calm and friendly character and can get along very well with its pack.
Almost all greyhounds are active dogs that prefer being outdoors. Fortunately, the long thick fur covering their body enables them to withstand very cold temperatures whenever they go outside during the winter season.
By nature, when they meet somebody for the first time, they tend to act reserved, a bit nervous and skeptical.
However, after some time, once they feel that that person or fellow dog deserves to be given their trust or approval, they will eventually start to become very affectionate and loyal.
Afghan Hounds are mostly friendly, energetic and very smart dogs. They can mingle with children without showing any aggressive behavior.
The breed is best suited for experienced dog owners considering that this type of breed needs a good deal of physical exercise to maintain an excellent physical condition.
Pet Care and Diseases
An Afghan Hound requires extensive grooming attention. Daily brushing is necessary for their long silky, soft fine coat. An Afghan should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks.
Toenails must be trimmed while hairs between the pads should be shaved.
Use an eye cleanser product or just a clean cotton swab to remove any foreign matter from its eyes.
Clean the inside of the ears only to areas as far as your eyes can see. This will prevent pushing the earwax further into the ear canal which will cause ear infections.
Diseases mentioned below are reported to occur more frequently in Afghan Hound:
- Diseases involving the mouth, esophagus, pancreas and small intestines
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Diseases involving the mouth (glaucoma, blue eye, cataract)
- Skin tumors
- Bone cysts
Males are approximately 68-74 cm tall and normally weigh about 27 kg, while females are approximately 63-69 cm tall and weigh around 23 kg.
Afghan Hound exudes remarkable strength and dignity coupled with agility and power. Its body, more squarish than rectangular, stands proud as the strong neck carries its long and flathead.
The back is muscular and is moderate in length. The thorax is deep with well-arched ribs. The coating structure is long and very thin on the chest, legs, and as well as flank area.
In an adult, long silky hairs extend from the forehead towards the back. Plenty of fur covers the ears and legs, but less hair grows at the muzzle. Red, black and cream are typical for Afghan Hounds.
Afghan Hounds have a life expectancy of approximately 11-13 years. The largest litter of puppies could go up to 8. They are known by many names such as Balkh Tazi, Barutzy Hound, Baluchi Hound and Kabul Tazi.
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