The Afghan Hound in America


This young and proud Afghan Hound is a good example for the breed.
You can imagine this dog as a hunter in the mountains of Afghanistan, and, in the show rings of America.

The Afghan Hound in America

The American Kennel Club  (AKC) describes the Afghan Hound as an aristocrat.  "His whole  appearance is one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness". "He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past. The striking characteristics of the breed-exotic, or "Eastern," expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent hipbones, large feet, and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the stifle due to profuse trouserings - stand out clearly, giving the Afghan Hound the appearance of what he is, a king of dogs, that has held true to tradition throughout the ages".  

The Afghan Hound is a tall dog, but not heavy.  The male is typically between 26 and 28 inches tall at the shoulder, and the female between 24 and 26.  The ideal weight for a male Afghan Hound is 60 pounds, and 50 pounds for the female.  Although their bodies are covered in long fur, if shaved, an Afghan Hound should appear very thin with its ribs easily visible.

The Afghan Hound has a dignified appearance, and they are often described as regal.

Whether competing as a show dog, in coursing event, or enjoying life as a playful family companion, the Afghan Hound is a one-of-a-kind breed.  He is an independent  thinker and therefore, is not easy to train.  He is aloof, distrustful of strangers, he is stubborn, and is one of the highest maintenance of any other breeds.  So, it is clear that the Afghan Hound is not the dog for everyone. 

Many of us see this dog in the show ring or a photo in a magazine and we want to take him home.  Please, learn everything about the Afghan Hound before bringing him home.

If you expect your dog to obey your command promptly, the Afghan Hound is not the dog for you.  

If you try to force obedience into the Afghan Hound, this dog will put on the brakes and refuse to move.  You will try again and again to make him obey your command and you don't get that this dog is different from any other breed.  You get frustrated and begin to yell at him.  He is your dog and he has to obey.  You get rough with him and may even hit him.  At the end of the leash your dog is pulling away from you.  You are breaking his spirit - you are trying to get his heritage out of the dog.  Your beautiful Afghan Hound is now a very depressed dog and he wants to get away - and he will if he gets a chance.  Your dog might stop eating. He will get weak and may even die because he lost the will to live under these conditions.

The damage you have caused to this dog could be permanent.  If he is rescued it will take a long time to repair the damage and only a person, with a lot of love and respect for the breed may save him. 

People, learn all about the Afghan Hound before bringing one into your home.  This is a scenario that happens too often.  They are beautiful dogs and they are not for everyone. 

Beneath his long and glamorous coat beats the heart of a hunter. He was bred to course hare and gazelle over the rugged terrain of his native Afghanistan. To be a free thinker was a necessity in a dog bred to course big cats.  He often hunted alone courageously holding dangerous animals at bay until his huntsman on horseback caught up.  He was highly valued for his ability to run fast and his ability to think and hunt independently without human directions.  

This is the Afghan Hound we brought to America.  He no longer has to hunt for his living but his heritage is the beauty of this dog.  What we love about the Afghan Hound is his independence. The free thinker.  We love his aloofness, his dignity, his pride.  We even love his stubbornness - because that' s what he is.

Please respect this breed for what he is:  A King of Dogs.  

Once you have learned all there is to know about the Afghan Hound and you still want one, Congratulations!  Give him a good home and be happy and proud of this new addition to your home.  He will entertain you and keep you busy for a long time.  His life span is about thirteen years.  Then you will cry like you never have before.  He was one of a kind and he broke your heart.  But he gave you the best years of your life.

If anything should happen and you cannot keep him anymore, please bring him to a breed rescue where he has a good chance to a good home.  

May they always be worthy of their heritage.

May we always be worthy of them.

Their Heritage

The Afghan Hound is an Aristocrat

He was called "the dog of Noah's Ark" by tribesmen hunters   of Afghanistan where he excelled as a hunter of wild game, such as the antelope, gazelle and snow leopard.  He was greatly valued for his ability to run fast and over great distance - courageously holding dangerous animals at bay until his huntsman on horseback caught up. The Afghan was also valued for his ability to think and hunt independently, without human direction.

The Afghan Hound is one of the oldest breed of dogs in existence.   The actual age of the breed is disputed but long-haired Greyhound or Saluki type dogs were pictured and described in Egypt of  4,000 years B.C.

The Afghan Hound is a sighthound and one of the fastest dogs in the world.  Sighthound, meaning that he hunts by sight rather than by smell.    The Greyhound, also a sighthound,  might be the fastest dog on even terrain but cannot compare to the  Afghan Hound  on rocky terrains such as  Afghanistan mountainous landscape.

Afghan Hound


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