Afghan Hound

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A large, lively and highly energetic hound with a striking long silky coat. Dignified, sometimes aloof with strangers, but clownish and playful with owners. Very people orientated and often fantastic with children. Intelligent and charming, but also stubborn and strong willed. Powerful, fast and strong, they are keen and agile hunters.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: High. Over 2 hours per day. This is a working breed with high energy and needs a very active home.

Size: 24-29 inches to the shoulder

Weight: 40-55 lbs

Colour: A wide range – black, black and tan, cream, gold, brindle, blue, domino (also possibly described as grizzle)

Town or Country: A country breed - has high energy levels and exercise needs, and needs outdoor space to run in

Low Allergy: This is potentially a low allergy dog. The UK Kennel Club has it on its list. However this dog has a long silky coat and great care should be taken by anyone with a dog allergy.

Best Suited for: A highly active country household, which can give the physical and mental stimulation this breed requires, can enjoy daily grooming, is unphased by the Afghan prey drive and provides firm leadership. May be suited to first time owners if they are prepared for a challenge.

Group: Hound

Originally From: Afghanistan. An old breed which found its way into Europe around 1800.

Original Purpose: Working. Hunting gazelle and hare.

Living Space: High. If given enough exercise will be calm in the house, but will tend to adorn the whole sofa if allowed to. A large very high fenced garden is a must due to their energy levels. They can scale remarkable heights after the neighbour’s cat, small dog or wandering squirrel.

Coat: Long to very long, thick, silky, sometimes slightly wavy

Grooming: High. Must be brushed every day. Bath once per month.

Children: Usually high.

Sociability with strangers: Moderate to low. Bonded with owners but often indifferent to strangers. Once strangers are accepted as friends they will become playful and affectionate.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Early socialisation is needed prevent them seeing small dogs as prey. Brought up from puppies, in the home hey should be fine with other cats and dogs, but unlikely to be safe with smaller furries. Care also needed with farm animals.

Trainability: Moderate. This is an intelligent and independent breed. Firm, patient and consistent training is required at all times. ‘Work’ reaps rewards – eg agility, field sports, jogging with owners and so on. They can ignore their owners if they have their own agenda. Needs a strong ‘alpha’ pack leader.

Noise Level: Low. Usually very quiet.

Known Health Issues: Necrotic myelopathy, a respiratory disease resulting in death, normally showing at 3-6 months. Also cataracts and hypothyroidism.

Lifespan: 9-15 years

Special Needs: Risk of sheep worrying – and will take large prey such as deer Enforce a strict eating regime when puppies to avoid finicky eating – with no treats. Intensive socialisation needed between 7 and 16 months

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