The Afghan Hound is a hound that is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. Today’s modern purebred breed of Afghan Hound descends from dogs brought in the 1920s to Great Britain, and are a blending of types and varieties of long haired sighthounds from across Afghanistan and the surrounding areas. Some had been kept as hunting dogs, others as guardians.
The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound can be aloof and dignified, but happy and clownish when it’s playing. This breed, as is the case with many sighthounds, has a high prey drive and may not get along with small animals. The Afghan Hounds’ reasoning skills have made it a successful competitor in dog agility trials as well as an intuitive therapy dog and companion.
Essential regular exercise required to burn max level of restless energy the dog has.
Between 61-74 cm / Between 20-27 kg.
The coat remains shorter in front and longer on the back. Oriental expression is standard for this breed. Finally, there can be a black “mask” worn that’s standing out.
The coat may be any color, but white markings, particularly on the head, are discouraged. Colors range from sandy to golden.
Essential and regular. Grooming must be frequent and thorough as brushing avoids formation of knots.
(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)