Afghan Hound Appearance and Temperament

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The Hound is a very old sighthound . Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan, where it was originally used to hunt wolves, foxes, and gazelles.

The Hound is high-stationed, standing 24 to 29 inches (63-74 cm) in height and weighing 45 to 60 pounds (20-30 kg). The coat may be any colour, but white markings, particularly on the head, are discouraged; many individuals have a black facial mask. Some are almost white, but particolor hounds (white with islands of red or black) are not acceptable and may indicate impure breeding. The long, fine-textured coat requires considerable care and grooming. The long topknot and the shorter-haired saddle on the back in the mature dog are distinctive features of the Hound coat. The high hipbones and unique small ring on the end of the tail are also characteristics of the breed. (AKC) standards require all Hounds to have white on their chest.

The temperament of the typical Hound can be aloof and dignified, but happy and clownish when playing. The breed has a reputation of being the least intelligent dog breed [link]. The Afghan Hound has many cat-like tendencies and is not slavish in its obedience as are some other breeds. The Afghan hound has a leaning towards independence. Owners should not be surprised if their sometimes choose to ignore commands. Although seldom used today for hunting in Europe and America where they are popular, are frequent participants in lure coursing events and are also popular as show dogs.


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