Afghan Hound

Popularity
100

Breed Information

Baluchi Hound
Tazi
Tazhi Spay
Da Kochyano Spay
Sage Balochi
Ogar Afgan
Eastern Greyhound/Persian Greyhound

Afghanistan

Sporting

Large

Dog

12-14 years

27 - 29 inches (68.58 - 73.66 cm)

50-64 pounds (22-34kg)

Black
Black & Silver
Black & Tan
Blue
Blue & Cream
Cream
Red
Silver
White

Overview

The Afghan is built along greyhound-like lines, enabling it to execute a double-suspension gallop and run-down fleet game. The comparatively short back and steep pelvis helped it to leap great heights and to turn almost in place, essential attributes for coursing in rocky mountainous terrain. The large feet gave it a better foothold and were more resistant to injury on rough ground. The silky coat protected the dog from cold nights at high altitudes. The Afghan appears dignified and aloof, with an exotic expression and proud carriage. This dog's gait shows great elasticity and spring; the Afghan moves with its head and tail high.

Despite its glamorous reputation, the Afghan hound is a hunter at heart, bred to chase down game over rugged terrain. While it maintains its regal bearings inside, it needs a daily chance to stretch its legs in a safe area. Its worst trait is a reluctance to come when called. It will chase small animals outside; inside, it will coexist peacefully. Though gentle with children, it may not be playful and interactive enough with them. Described by some as "catlike," it is independent yet sensitive and not overly demonstrative. It is reserved with strangers; some can be timid. It has a gay, clownish side.

History

The Afghan Hound (also known as a "Tazi' or "Baluchi Hound", formerly "Persian Greyhound") is an ancient breed which dates back to the age of the Pharaohs, but its modern development occurred mostly in Afghanistan. The Afghan Hound was bred by nomadic tribes to hunt gazelles, foxes, and rabbits in harsh mountain terrain, leading to a nimble body, notable jumping ability, and long coat for protection from the cold. For centuries, the Afghan Hound was isolated in the mountains of Afghanistan, with locals reluctant to sell the breed to foreigners. Only in the 20th century was the breed finally brought to England, and later America, where it became a popular show dog and developed a somewhat glamorous reputation. In 2005, an Afghan Hound named Snuppy became the first cloned dog in history. A fictional Afghan Hound named What-A-Mess is the star of a popular series of children's books and cartoons.

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability
Apartment Friendly
Barking Tendencies
Rare
Cat Friendly
Child Friendly
Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly
Exercise Needs
Grooming
High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog&#39,s coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Professional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence
Ranking: #79
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly
Trainability
Difficult Training: Training will be difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.
Watchdog Ability