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Afghan Hound

Life span: 10-12 Years

Height: 68-74cm(Male); 60-69cm(Female)

Weight: 50-60 pounds

Afghan Hounds are charming, loyal and cute breeds with long hair. They have a silky smooth, fine coat which suits them well for cold weather, such as that of their place of origin, Afghanistan. The Afghan Hound possesses a curly tail, and this adds flair to their unique beauty. If you are seeking a position as a professional groomer, then the Afghan Hound can help you practice the trade!

Physical Characteristics

The most noticeable of characteristics in this breed is its long fur, especially on its head. Their fur can be golden, black, white, brown or grey, but are most commonly golden or black with their faces black colored, although it can vary, white is said to be a sign of bad breeding. They stand tall, with high hip bones and their head held high on top of long necks, their tails curved at the end.

History

The Afghan Hound has its origins in Afghanistan, in the mountains. They were used due to their speed and agility, as shown by their high hip bones, to keep animals busy until their owners arrived to hunt them, also hunting some on its own, such as deers or goats. Also known as sweet and loving, they were used for taking care of livestock, fearlessly defending them against predators. They were introduced to Britain in the 1920s and to the United States in 1926. From then on they were loved by many as domesticated animals, and participating in multiple shows.

Personality

Although initially thought to be untrustworthy due to its independence, this breed is now known to be very loving to its family. However, they pay little to no attention to any newcomers, and stick strictly to those it’s familiar with. It is a dignified breed that will still be relatively playful, and even with its high intelligence, it is difficult to train, as it is also very stubborn and does not feel motivated by food. Even when trained, they sometimes may choose to ignore commands, especially if treated roughly, but can be very good performers if they desire to. Despite it being used to guard livestock in its past, they are not good watchdogs, and likes to spend its days laying around its home.

Health

The Afghan Hound is sensitive to anesthesia due to its low body fat.

They are prone to having:

Allergies that produce the same symptoms you see in humans, and depending on the cause, different treatments can be used.

Cancer, noticeable through unusually swollen bumps, bleeding from any orifices, or sores that do not heal, along with difficulty breathing.

Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.

Juvenile cataracts, in which there is opacity on the eye’s lens that may lead to blindness.

Hypothyroidism, a disease that affects the thyroid gland, its symptoms are ear infections, skin infections, hair loss, lethargy, and depression.

Chylothorax, a condition in which the thoracic ducts leak and fill the dog’s chest with chyle fluid, resulting in lung torsion and, if not treated, in a hardening of the organs through scar tissue the body creates in an attempt to protect them from the fluid. This condition can be fatal.

Care

This unforgettable dog requires quite a lot of care and fur maintenance, as its looks suggest. Several hours of weekly grooming are needed to keep their coat healthy and clean. Even though they may seem like lazy dogs, they do need a lot of daily exercise, and due to its independent nature, need to be kept on a leash when running, but also need some free running exercise several times per week. They are also very good jumpers and if exercising in an enclosed area, will need high fences to keep them from jumping them. If the Afghan Hound manages to escape, retrieving it will be very difficult.

Although the Afghan Hound is a truly astonishing breed, it is not for everyone. It requires a lot of care and is not the most docile of dogs. It will, however, provide you with a lot of love and is sure to be the perfect running buddy for anyone that loves exercising.

 

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