AKC Meet the Breeds: Afghan Hound

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Referred to as an aristocrat, the Afghan Hound has an appearance that is one of dignity and aloofness. Well covered with thick, silky hair that is very fine in texture, the Afghan Hound has a coat of the sort found among animals native to high altitudes. They can come in all colors, and while the breed is an excellent hound (hunting by sight), its popularity here has been generated by the breed's spectacular qualities as a show dog.

A Look Back
During the 19th century, the Afghan Hound was discovered by the Western world in Afghanistan and surrounding regions. As the breed developed in Afghanistan, two distinct types evolved from the southern and western desert regions and the northern regions. During World War I, the breed literally disappeared in the Western world. The start of the Afghan Hounds we have today dates back to 1920, when a group of them was brought to Scotland.

Right Breed for You?
Known for being aloof and dignified and for having a highly individualized personality, Afghan Hounds are prized and loved by their owners as companions and members of their family. However, it is important to take into account that their coat requires regular grooming, and their larger size necessitates regular exercise.

  • Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1926.
  • Ideal size ranging from 25 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and 50 to 60 pounds.
  • Hunting dog; sight hound.



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