All About the Afghan Hounds
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The Afghan Hound is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 27 inches.
Weight: 60 pounds.
Females – Height: 25 inches.
Weight: 50 pounds.
Afghan Hounds are commonly black, black and silver, blue, silver, cream, black and tan, red, white
Afghan Hounds have a sophisticated, serious and aloof bearing that’s led them to be nicknamed “the aristocrat dog.” They make good pets, but, unlike many breeds, their personalities are not uniform. One dog’s temperament may be quite different than the next.
Afghan Hounds are a low-energy breed with medium exercise requirements!
They should be exercised daily, but a short and vigorous session of sprinting or hunting — their favorite activity — will do.
- Afghan Hounds have silky, fine coats, characteristic of breeds that originate in high altitudes.
- They are a high-maintenance grooming breed. As puppies they shed their coats and must be cared for daily.
- They are known for their graceful carriage, which inspired their nickname, and they always hold their heads and tails erect.
12 to 14 years
The most common health concern for Afghan Hounds is a tail injury. Cataracts are less common but still occur within the breed, while necrotic myelopathy and canine hip dysplasia are seen occasionally.
Afghan Hounds have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Afghan Hounds make good pets for some families. They are not inclined to play with children. And they will chase other small animals outside, although they usually leave other pets alone inside the house. They are friendly toward other dogs.
- This ancient breed traces its roots all the way back to ancient Egypt, although they later settled in the mountains in Afghanistan.
- They became very fast, strong jumpers from hunting with falcons on the rough terrain in Afghanistan.
- They reached their zenith as a popular pet in the 1970s.