Sunday, March 20, 2011
Breed of the Day: Afghan Hound
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Group: Hound group; recognized by the AKC in 1926
Average Life-Span: 12 to 14 years
Color: All colors permissible, with color combinations being most desirable. Any white markings are undesirable.
Grooming: Must be bathed and brushed frequently
Height/Weight: Dogs; Height: 26-28 inches at the shoulder, Weight: about 60 pounds. Bitches; Height: 24-26 inches at the shoulder, Weight: about 50 pounds
The Afghan hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance is one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness. He has a straight front, proudly carried head, with eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past. The striking characteristics of this breed are its exotic, eastern expression, long silky top-knot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent hip-bones, large feet and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the stifle due to profuse trouserings that clearly stand out, giving the Afghan hounds the appearance of what he is, a king of dogs that has held true to tradition throughout the ages. They can come in all colors, with color combinations being most pleasing; white markings, especially on the head, are undesirable. While the breed is an excellent hunter, its popularity here has been generated by its spectacular qualities as a show dog.
The Afghan hound was discovered by the western world in Afghanistan and surrounding regions during the 19th century. As the breed developed in Afghanistan, two distinct types evolved from the western and southern desert regions and the northern regions. During WWI, the breed literally disappeared in the western world. The start of the Afghan hounds we have today dates back to the 1920s, when a group of them was brought to Scotland. With their aloof, dignified and highly individualized personality, Afghan hounds are prized and loved by their owners as companions and members of their families. However, it is important to take into account that their coat requires regular grooming, and their larger size necessitates regular exercise.