Afghan Hound

With their silky coat and perfect posture, Afghan Hounds are almost regal in their appearance. They are commonly seen in the show ring and have long been considered a noble dog breed, particularly in their home country of Afghanistan.

 

 

Other Names
Tazi, Baluchi Hound
Country of Origin
Afghanistan
Colour
Many colour variations from the lightest cream to a silky black can feature on the coat of this breed.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
The height for this breed is between 63 - 74cms and the weighs between 23 - 28kgs.
Health
Afghan Hounds are prone to Hip and Elbow Dysplasia due to their unique hip structure. Prospective puppy parents must check with potential breeders to avoid these issues. They are also at risk of milk allergies at a young age, respiratory issues, as well as ear mites and yeast infections if not groomed properly.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
With an intelligent and sometimes highly strung personality, adequate training will ensure this breed develops confidence. Careful and consistent training will allow this pooch to flourish without spooking their sensitive nature.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

Afghans can be fussy eaters if given too many treats. Enforcing a strict regime from an early age will ensure your dog follows a normal diet.

 

Feeding Cost
$15 to $20
Other Cost
Grooming can become expensive for this breed. A strict diet will minimise feeding costs.
Excercise
A combination of road work and park play is recommended so your furry friend develops strong muscles. Due to their frame, they must be carefully monitored as pups to avoid early injury.
Ailments
Afghan Hounds are prone to Hip and Elbow Dysplasia due to their unique hip structure. Prospective puppy parents must check with potential breeders to avoid these issues. They are also at risk of milk allergies at a young age, respiratory issues, as well as ear mites and yeast infections if not groomed properly.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

The development of the adult coat requires extra grooming to reduce any matting. Daily thorough brushing and monthly baths are necessary for Afghans, who can become uncomfortable and anxious if their coat is not regularly cared for. 

 

Grooming Frequency
Daily
Trimming
Occassional
This breed originates from the mountains of Afghanistan where they were used to guard livestock and hunt deer, foxes and wolves. The Afghan was exported to Britain and the United States in the early twentieth century. It received American Kennel Club status in 1936.


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