Original Name : Afghan Hound
Type : Graioid
Male size : 27-29 inches
Female size : 25-27 inches
Degree of grooming :
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Afghan Hounds have a typical oriental expression and their gaze is said to be piercing. This old hunting breed with lots of speed and stamina was specialized in chasing small game like hares over difficult terrain, alone or in packs, and today’s Afghan Hounds retain these instincts.
Long skull, not too narrow, with prominent occiput, very well proportioned, long top-knot.
Straight, very muscular back, straight, broad, fairly short loins, fairly prominent, wide apart hips, deep chest.
All colors are permitted.
Set low and well back, carried flat against the head, covered in long, silky hair.
Set low, with ring at the end, raised in action, sparsely feathered.
Long, very fine texture on ribs, forequarters, hindquarters and flanks, short and dense on the back, from shoulders to loins, in adults.
Afghan Hounds give the impression of strength and dignity, power and pace. They can come across as a little arrogant, not least because of the way they proudly carry their head, but, in fact, they are very sensitive and highly attentive to their human companions, with a dislike for raised voices and sudden movement.The opulent coat is, of course, an eye-catcher. In adults, it is short and close from the shoulder along the back and saddle, but longer on the forehead and back toward the topknot, which is distinctly silky. The hair on the face is short, but the ears and legs are well furnished, although the pasterns may be bare. The coat should be left to grow naturally and any evidence of clipping or scissoring is penalized.
British soldiers were the first to export this breed out of Afghanistan. One of the first to arrive in the U.K., a dog named Shahzada around 1835, is on show at the Natural History Museum in London.