The Afghan Hound is a profound and dignified breed of dog known for its regality. They are known for their extreme loyalty and sensitive nature; showing great devotion to their owners. Afghan Hounds require an immense grooming routine and a dedicated owner. Below we will discuss some of the required care routines as well as the personality and history of these noble creatures; providing you with more information before adopting this family pet.
Personality Of The Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is known for being a great family dog that gets along well with children and other animals. However, there should still be adult supervision to prevent unwanted incidence as they are not overly playful. These loving dogs would much rather watch children run around and play with other family members as opposed to joining in on the fun.
The Afghan Hound tends to be wary around strangers and usually appears standoffish. However, once they have time to get to know a person, they will be begging for consent attention. It is recommended to start socializing your Afghan Hound at a young age to ensure they get along well with other people and animals. If you are going to introduce your dog to a stranger, it is best to allow your dog to get used to their presence before trying to introduce them to each other. This will avoid aggressive behavior and negative interaction. However, these dogs have been known to chase cats due to their high prey drive.
Afghan Hounds are extremely intelligent dogs and require mental stimulation to prevent them from tearing up your house due to boredom. It is best to “baby-proof” your house to prevent your Afghan Hound from getting into things that it shouldn’t. However, these dogs are very easy to train and will quickly learn what they can and cannot do within your home. They love learning new tricks and engaging in obedience training with their pet owner.
Appearance Of The Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is commonly found in black and brindle colors, however, they have also been found with reddish coats. These dogs are rather tall as they stand at 24-29 inches and weigh between 44 to 60 pounds. The breed standard allows their coat to be any color, however, white markings on the body, especially the head region, are discouraged by the standard. There occasionally are Afghan Hounds that are almost entirely white.
The Afghan Hound has long and fine-textured hair that requires an extensive grooming routine to prevent debris and dead hair from building up in the dog’s silky coat. The long topknot and short-haired saddle on the back of the dog are some of the distinctive features of this breed. This breed is also known for its high hipbones and small ring on the end of its tails.
These dogs are known for their beauty and elegance; as they exhibit great grace in their movement and great speed when they chase after something. They are agile and sleek dogs with a narrow face that sits on top of their slender bodies. Their ears are long and must be cleaned often to prevent infection.
History And Origin Of The Afghan Hound
It is difficult to pinpoint an exact time when these dogs first appeared, as they have been around since ancient times. The first time these dogs were recorded in written history was in 1809 when they appeared in a drawing that was made by Thomas Duer Broughton, an English soldier who was in India at the time. These noble dogs can be traced back to regions of Afghanistan. For centuries, these dogs have served as hunting dogs due to their tremendous speed and intelligence.
Today, the breeding of these dogs is largely due to efforts made by the English in the 1920s. However, with the arrival of the two world wars, the breeding of these dogs largely stopped, and they almost died out completely. The British soldiers then brought the breed to America in 1927, where they were then registered with the American Kennel Club. Soon after, they rose in their popularity and became known for their appearance in dogs shows around the United States.
Common Health Issues Of The Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is generally a very healthy breed of dog due to its early emergence. Every dog has the potential to develop genetic health concerns as well as inherit specific diseases from its parents. This is why it is important to work with a reputable breeder that keeps the health of the dogs in mind while breeding. It is important that dogs are genetically tested for certain diseases and provided with the proper vaccinations before adoption.
Some of the common diseases and illnesses that Afghan Hounds are known to suffer from are:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Autoimmune Disease
In addition, there are some other health conditions that these dogs may suffer from without proper care and treatment. These include laryngeal paralysis, dilated cardiomyopathy, and dermatological issues. These dogs are also prone to developing diabetes, however, this is mainly seen in older dogs and dogs that are overweight.
As the owner, it is important that you take your dog to the vet on a regular schedule to prevent the formation of preventable diseases and keep your dog in optimal health. This helps to guarantee a happy and healthy existence with your canine companion for years to come.
Adopting An Afghan Hound
As with all purebred dog breeds, seeking a professional breeder is important. The work and passion that breeders put into their animals and their offspring are decisive for the success of the breeding and the physical and mental health of the animals.
Mating is done with the knowledge of possible inherited diseases and the compatibility of the parents. After delivery, the puppies are also examined by a veterinarian and, until they are relocated, they receive everything they need for proper development; good quality food, vaccines, deworming, and social contact with their siblings, other dogs, and humans.
Good breeders do not sell their puppies before 8 weeks, as the imprinting phase of the first weeks is vital for the health and development of the psyche. This ensures that your dog will grow up to be social and able to interact positively with other members of your household as well as other dogs.
Professionally bred dogs tend to be more expensive than other pet stores, offering low-priced, non-pedigree dogs. But these offers often come at an added cost; inbreeding, short rearing periods, and lack of veterinary care make it possible for your dog not to be as healthy and hassle-free as you would like. For this reason, you should only trust a professional breeder. Alternatively, you can find many purebred dogs in animal shelters that are happy to find a new home.
We always encourage people to check out their local animal shelters, as there are always dogs there that are looking for a loving family to adopt them. You may even get lucky and discover that your animal shelter has an Afghan Hound that is looking to be adopted. If you don’t want to pay a lot for the dog of your dreams, you should consider visiting a local animal shelter. Many dogs at animal shelters are of all ages, personalities, and breeds. Here you will surely find the perfect dog for your family!
Caring For And Training Your Afghan Hound
These dogs need to receive daily exercise and need to be taken on long daily walks or jogs. If your Afghan Hounds does not receive enough physical activity, it may become aggressive and display problematic behavior around your home. These dogs also enjoy running free in open yards that are fenced in for their protection. In addition, you could take your Afghan Hound to the dog park to run around and socialize with other canine companions.
Due to the long characteristic coat of this breed, they require regular grooming. The fine silky hair must be brushed daily to prevent mats and tangles from forming in the coat. In addition to regular brushing, you should bathe your Afghan Hound if you notice a considerable amount of debris within its coat. This will ensure that your dog maintains its silky coat and reduce the shedding that occurs around your house. In addition to proper coat care, you should also trim your dog’s nails and provide regular dental cleaning to prevent unwanted oral disease.