Afghan Hound

Group: Hound

In 19th century Afghanistan Westerners first discovered Afghan hounds. Originally they served as hunters and herders which they’ve done for several thousand years.

Size: 45 to 65 pounds. 24 to 29 inches.

Color: all.

Life span: Up to 14 years.

Health problems: Cataract, necrotic myelopathy, hip dysplasia.

Afghan hounds have narrow heads and are tall and slender, they’re covered in long, silky hair. Long necks lead down a straight back to upright, curled tails. (Underneath all that hair, they resemble Greyhounds.)

Afghans are described as “catlike.” They have an aloof personality and won’t always come when called. When they want attention, they will seek out whomever they want it from. Males are generally more aloof than females. They don’t like loud noises or sudden movements, and therefore do better with older children. They are very patient. Afghans are fine around other pets, but will chase strange animals out of their yard.

Afghans do need to live in a home, they don’t do well in apartments. You might also want to build a high fence; Afghans are great leapers. A good half-hour daily walk will serve your Afghan well mentally and physically. A daily brushing is ideal although your Afghan can stay beautiful with brushing every two or three days. If your Afghan gets dirty, bathe him before you brush. You’ll avoid extra tangles and hair breakage.


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