One of the most ancient dog breeds that date back to the pre-Christian era. Originally named Tazi, Afghan Hounds had been discovered by the westerners in the 19th century. The breed was later on recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 and the Afghan Hound Club was certified membership with the AKC in 1940.
This exotic and beautiful breed is surely a crowd standout with its fashion-model appearance. Covered in long, silky coat, this breed has narrow heads and tall, slender frames. Male Afghan Hound can grow up to 27 inches and about 60 pounds while the females grow up to 25 inches and 50 pounds.
Afghan hound are a little reserved with new people. You can’t expect this dog to eagerly greet your guests. This breed is typically a one-person or one-family dog. Some hounds may bark once or twice on strangers but this breed is not known to be a good watchdog.
A half an hour walk daily is needed for this breed to stay in mental and physical shape. Afghan Hounds can live as long as 14 years. There’s not much potential health issues with these hounds but they are more to develop hip dysplasia and cataracts. Their long, luxurious coats need to be brushed daily with regular bathing to stay under control.
Before, the Afghan Hounds are used in guarding livestock and hunting. Today, the modern breed combines a working dog’s energy with a household companion’s charm.