Afghan Hound is thought to be one of the oldest of all domestic Dog breeds, with the first records of the Afghan Hound dating back to 4,000 BC. A vast amount of research, however, has turned up no basis for the once popular belief that the Afghan Hound existed in Egypt thousands of years ago, or for the theory that the breed evolved on the steppes of Asia and represents the original sight hound.
Afghan Hound was first bred in the ancient deserts of Egypt and Afghanistan, where they were primarily used as hunters. Afghan Hounds are Sighthounds – dogs that hunt their prey by sight, chase it and kill it. The high hip-bones of this Dog are thought to be one of the main reasons why the Afghan Hound once had a reputation for speed, making them faster at running than most other domestic Dog breeds today. The breed is known for an independent streak which is usually noted by the dog seeming to not hear commands, especially a call to come back when they are out running and playing.
The Afghan Hound is tall, standing in height 24-29 inches and weighing 45-60 pounds. The coat may be any colour, but white markings, particularly on the head, are discouraged; many individuals have a black facial mask. The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound can be aloof and dignified, but happy and clownish when playing. This breed, as is the case with many sighthounds, has a high prey drive and may not get along with small animals. The head of the Afghan Hound, like the body, is long and narrow, neck is long and arched, blending nicely into the long, sloping shoulders and the narrow but deep chest. Coat of the Afghan Hound is thick, long and very silky in texture.
The most commonly seen Health Problems noted with the Afghan Hound are typically the heart, eyes and injuries to the tail. It is important to maintain your Afghan Hound’s health from puppy to adulthood and into old age. Sometimes puppies need additional help from their “human moms.” Clean teeth will help prevent gum disease in your Afghan Hound. Not all Afghan Hounds are show dogs, but a clean healthy coat will certainly enhance your enjoyment and delight in owning this beautiful breed of dog. Grooming is essential. Only those who really enjoy grooming, or are willing to pay a professional groomer to do it, should consider an Afghan Hound.
Handsome, sensitive and independent, the Afghan is treasured by those who know and love him. The Afghan Hound is typically a one-person or one-family dog. Afghan Hounds prefer being inside with family. They’re laid back and calm in the house but are naturally active dogs and need daily exercise, which ideally includes a leash walk or run, plus a free-run in fenced area.