KC Group: Hound
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: No
Moulting level: High
Jogging partner: Top dog!
A hardy yet glamorous dog, the Afghan Hound has an exotic history, certainly dating back to the years BC. A favourite of Afghan royalty and used by the British Army as messenger dogs in India, the breed was introduced to the United Kingdom in the latter part of the 19th Century. Despite not being as fast as their greyhound cousin, Afghan racing is a sport growing in popularity. The Afghan hunts by sight and will chase anything that moves.
Aloof is a much-used word when describing the Afghan, happily followed closely by affectionate and playful. They make excellent watchdogs and are quick enough to give chase if needs be. They do display a reluctance to come when called although this is as much to do with their sense of independence as abstinence. They are relatively difficult to train although with a good a program they can be effectively taught to an acceptable standard.
A large breed, its height should be between 69-74cm for dogs and 64-69cm for bitches. The ideal weight range is 25-28kg for dogs and 23-25kg for bitches.
Sight-hounds in general have a low tolerance toward anaesthesia and the Afghan is no exception. The primary health concerns are allergies.
As an intelligent and sensitive breed the Afghan needs to be closely supervised during socialization. They should be given time to warm to family members and strangers but with the appropriate care they will integrate easily with the family.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.
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