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Afghan Hound

Tags: hound, Large-sized, Adaptable to apartment life

Our kin might have come from North Africa and there are probably some Saluki (Persian Greyhound) genes in the mix. There's even an old story that the Afghan Hound was the representative of dogdom chosen to board Noah's Ark -- who knows -- but for sure we're one of the most ancient canine breeds. One of the lankiest, too, measuring up to 29 inches at the shoulders (but rarely weighing more than 50-60 pounds). I'm especially proud of my spectacularly abundant coat (which can be just about any color or combination) starting at my forelock, extending through my ears and legs, body and tail, and going on just about forever. We were "discovered" by dog fanciers of the Western World in the 19th Century -- to great acclaim -- then fell off the radar during World War I. Most of the pedigrees today only go back to the 1920s and Scotland. The Afghan Hound was recognized in 1926 by the AKC, where we're part of the Hound Group.

Rave review

  • Affectionate, loyal family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Aloof and proud
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Playful pal
  • Classy canine
  • Confident and self-assured

Report card

  • Loves children and vice-versa
  • Coat needs regular care
  • Hardy hunter
  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to country, tolerates town
  • Adaptable to apartment life - with ample exercise
  • Socialization and training should start early
  • High-strung
  • Sweet disposition
  • Takes to training

What to expect

Prepare for compliments on my gorgeous, long coat -- but only if you're willing to give me a daily grooming (and knot removal); the breeder will show you how. As an adult dog, I'll need plenty of exercise. But don't overdo it while my young bones and muscles are developing or you'll do more harm than good. Same goes for my socialization (to people and other pets) and training: start early (between 7 and 16 months) and easy, but don't rush it. Perseverance, patience, and consistency also are the keys to my successful house-training. Please don't be disappointed if I'm a little awkward and gawky at first. I promise to grow out of it -- with your understanding help.

Watch for

Possible hip and elbow dysplasia (make sure parents are clear for CHD). Possible respiratory paralysis (necrotic myelopathy) in puppies, ear infections, cataracts, hypothyroidism.

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