Dignified, Extremely Loyal, Aristocratic
The Afghan Hound is known to be an aloof but dignified aristocrat of both the Eastern & Western Culture. Despite their gentle appearance, they are known for being extremely loyal and caring towards the ones they consider family.
The Afghan Hound are one of the oldest purebred dogs dating back to 1700s, It was recognized by the American Kennel Club, or in short AKC as the club’s 79th Breed.
- Unexperienced Owners
- Apartment/Small Living
- Sensitivity Level
- Tolerates Being Alone
- Tolerates Cold Weather
- Tolerates Hot Weather
Afghan Hound have lots of fur, long fur, that means lots of grooming. They also have high energy, which means lot of playtime and exercises. They make great show dogs, but as far as the intelligence dog rankings; they are only ranked at 79. This does not mean they cannot be trained, but means, it requires more patience, knowledge and more experience.
Afghan Hound is one of the best adapters out there, whether it is apartment style to small homes to acreages. They have no issues in settling right in despite being a large-sized dog.
Afghan Hound are very sensitive breed. One dirty look will be taken right to the heart. This means, they are more eager to be stubborn and destroy things to vent their anger.
Due to the Afghan Hound being quite sensitive, they are basically the tsundere’s of the dog world. They want to be around their family members all day long. that means, if you are gone for the day due to work, you will see a 25kg large dog charge at you wagging their tail and ready for rubs upon your return.
Due to having long, very long fur, they are quite warm during winter, they have no issues at all.
While Afghan Hound’s have long coats, they tolerate the heat quite well. However, it is still recommended you don’t let them out directly in the sun for extensive periods of time on a super hot day.
As Afghan Hounds does not tolerate being alone as it is not an independent dog, it gets super attached to their pet owners and family in general. You will see lots and constant affectionate at their own terms.
Afghan Hounds does not play rough nor are they aggressive in nature, they are gentle giants, you will have no issues with having an Afghan Hounds around children.
Afghan Hounds are generally not aggressive by nature, they also are not a jealous dog either. In most cases, having multiple dogs in the house of different breed in Afghan Hounds’ point of view is no issues.
This Gentle giant would usually ignore cats in general, aslong as they are looking for a fight, the Afghan Hounds has no issues with them.
Afghan Hounds are not completely stranger friendly by nature, however, this can be trained and accustomed to over time. After all, they make great show dogs which are always crowded with people.
I believe we mentioned it quite a few times already, Afghan Hounds are a large dog breed size. That means they are big. Only growing up to 66 cm tall at the shoulder. While they are not guard dogs but due to their size, they are quite intimidating and tend to ward off any unwanted visitors.
Have you ever cuddled a dog and it licks you, completely dousing you with drool? Well I got good news, the Afghan Hounds has very little drool potential meaning, it’s a very controlled amount. You won’t find random pools of drool on the ground either.
Do you need special grooming needs for a Afghan Hounds.
The short answer is no, they don’t require any special bathing, clippers or brushes to keep them clean, health and groomed. Just lots of patience and the regular tools will do the trick
Afghan Hounds is an old breed dating back to the 18th Century. They have a very good DNA background and they don’t suffer from special diseases. They may be a safe, old breed, but that does not mean they are not subject to genetic health issues such as hip dysplasia, luxating patellas or eye diseases. They just don’t have an increased chance.
It is always recommended to have your dog up to the latest on their medicine needs, including but not limited to vaccines & worming
Dogs are known to eat eat eat eat and eat without knowing when to stop. Afghan Hounds are no different, however, they are not at high risk for overweight. However, this is under the assumption, your Afghan is getting it’s daily exercise needs and the right portion servings of food daily.
If you are unsure how much exercise or food your dog needs, please visit your local Vet for a full examination.
Afghan Hounds are not easy to train at all, as mentioned, their intelligence rankings is at #79, compared to a Border Collie, German Shepherd or Poodle who are are top 5. This does not mean they cannot be trained, it just takes a lot more work, patience and experience.
Despite being hard to train, Afghan Hounds is are still very intelligence breed. After all, all ancient breeds are smart enough to survive the grasp of human destruction for hundreds of years unlike many of the more unfortunate species such as the Tazzy Tiger or the Dodo bird.
Biting issues are usually more present during puppyhood. Afghan Hounds are not an aggressive species. If well trained, you would not have much of an issue in adulthood. However, during puppyhood, it is more recommended for them to play-fight with their brothers and sisters so they learn about bite inhibition.
Afghan Hounds are hounds, they are predators, they have a huge prey drive. They will chase anything that moves. Such as wandering squirrels or cats and even other dogs. This is more common when they are neglected from their daily exercises.
Some breeds loves to bark at anything in sight, other enjoys howling. One of the most common rehome issues is due to the tendency to bark or howl. When choosing a dog, you need to understand how much you can withstand their natural behavioural before it becomes an issue.
With a Afghan Hounds, you should not have that much of an issue if they are constantly with you. Despite having such a huge prey-drive, they still prefer to enjoys the company of being with their family as opposed to wandering and finding something to bark at.
Are Afghan Hounds free-spirits. Yes, very much so. After all, they are hounds. They are going run around, explore, attempt to escape, anytime given the chance to. Having daily long walks or jogs and constant play will help keep this habit in check.
Afghan Hounds are considered high-energy dog breeds. They love to run around constantly and do something. . They have the stamina to play all day, as opposed to being all rolled up somewhere near or on you instead.
Afghan Hounds it not a vigorous dog, despite having high energy. However, if the upbringing is not the best, they may develop some unwanted habits such as straining on leash during walks or eating and drinking in excessive mouthfuls.
Afghan Hounds has the energy to walk daily, and they should be going out everyday for a walk. They are fine with long walks or jogs. It is good practise to have them go out morning and afternoon, or a longer session to burn all the excess energy built up daily.
Without enough exercise daily, you may see unwanted behaviours such as barking, chewing, digging, and at times even destruction.
Afghan Hounds love being around their family, they love being left alone but above all else, due to having the energy to do so, they love playing all day as well or rather just enjoy activities and doing anything with their family.
The Afghan Hounds is more of a family dog, they would not eagerly greet your guest, in fact, they may just act like they don’t even exist. They are not very good watch dogs in this regard as they are firstly not known to bark often and secondly, very indifferent to things they are not interested in.
Despite that, they are a very loyal breed, and will fight for their owner. It is still advised, as the owner, to never let them engage with other animals despite their large size. They may be loyal, but that does not mean they are skilled fighters or guard dogs.
It’s always recommended to have them enrol in puppy school when they are young. This will help them socialize and help both you & your Afghan Hounds understanding the basis and concept of puppy training.
The Afghan Hounds are not known to be fussy eaters, they will generally eat anything you throw at them.
The recommended daily amount is 2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. However, your Afghan may have special needs or preferences. Please consult your local vet for the best options for a healthy balanced diet.
Afghan Hound is a very old Eastern breed of dog, to a degree some authorities strongly believe that they are the oldest breed of purebred dogs in the 21st century.
Afghan Hound were a status symbol of royals, tribal chieftains, and aristocrats in Asia’s mountain kingdoms which belongs to a subcategory of hound known as sighthounds. This was due to their extraordinary panoramic vision which was able to spot and pursue prey at high speeds.
Afghan Hound never made it to the Western culture until the late 1800s and by 1900s it was the preferred breed of the British gentry.
They were official recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in the 1927.
It was not until 1930s US breeders began to actively sought the Afghan Hound for breeding.
Now days, the Afghan Hound is best known for being one of the most majestic Show-Dogs around.
Fun Fact: There are myths embracing that Afghan Hounds were the canine species that was chose in Noah’s Ark.