Well I’m sure you can guess where we originate from. In our homeland, we have always been prized as a strong watchdog and herder. We were developed amongst the mountain and plains of Afghanistan so we’re pretty strong and robust. We were introduced into Britain around 1900 and into the U.S. in 1926. Since then we’ve become a popular worldwide glamour sensation! Although we’re descended from one of the oldest dog types, today’s modern purebred breed is blended from a variety of long haired sighthounds.
What do I look like?
If our owners use us for show purposes then we could look like a giant Dougal from the Magic Roundabout. Otherwise we’ll still look pretty glam clipped. We have a lot of grace – carry our head proud and move with a kind of effortless grace. Under all of that fur we have a well-muscled body with a deep chest and long, strongly boned legs. Our tail is long and holds a perfect ring at the tip. Our coat is long and wonderfully silky and our feet should always be covered with fur.
What do I need from you?
Well the obvious thing is plenty of grooming – our coat is a work of art that Pablo himself would be proud of (see below)! We also need a fair bit of exercise and watch out for us chasing small animals – we just love ‘em. Healthwise, like other sighthounds we are sensitive to anesthesia. Whilst your vet should know this, it doesn’t hurt if you know too. We are also among the dog breeds most likely to develop chylothorax, a rare condition causing the thoracic ducts to leak, which allows large quantities of chyle fluid to enter our chest cavity. Not nice and pretty serious – so it requires emergency surgery, doubly compounded by our issues with anesthesia!
What I will give in return
Afghan Hounds are pretty intelligent so we have a lot of success in dog agility trials. Our intelligence also means we are widely used as an intuitive therapy dog and companion for people with disabilities. Although we may appear aloof, we are capable of great play and silliness. We can be quite affectionate and make a good family pet. Above all else, you are likely to get a lot of admiring glances as our oriental image is fairly unique in the canine world.
How big will I get?
We’re quite tall, standing at 27in-29in (68cm-74cm) and weigh up to 60lb (27kg).
How long should I be around for?
Life expectancy of an Afghan Hound is anything from 11-13 years.
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