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== Physical Characteristics ==
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Although Afghan hounds are one of the most ancient of dog breeds, they were not introduced into the western world until the late 19th century. Originally bred as a hunting dog, it is believe that the ancient “desert” and “mountain” types of Afghan hounds interbred to become the Afghans we see today.
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Although Afghan hounds are one of the most ancient of dog breeds, they were not introduced into the western world until the late 19th century. Originally bred as a hunting dog, it is believed that the ancient “desert” and “mountain” types of Afghan hounds interbred to become the Afghans we see today.
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Afghan hounds can appear to be shy and aloof, and are sometimes even described as “cat-like.” They can also be touch- and noise-sensitive, which makes them rather nervous and jumpy in a new environment. However, proper socialization and training will ensure that they display their tender and affectionate nature.
Afghan hounds can appear to be shy and aloof, and are sometimes even described as “cat-like.” They can also be touch- and noise-sensitive, which makes them rather nervous and jumpy in a new environment. However, proper socialization and training will ensure that they display their tender and affectionate nature.
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Afghan hounds are cunning and independent, which means they often respond poorly to normal obedience training and especially punishments. Plenty of positive reinforcement, and creative ways of “tricking” them into doing what you want them to do, are the way to go when training an Afghan.
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Afghan hounds are cunning and independent, which means they often respond poorly to normal obedience training and especially punishments. Plenty of positive reinforcement, and creative ways of “tricking” them into doing what you want them to do, are the way to go when training an Afghan. As well, due to their somewhat nervous and sensitive disposition, for households with children and other small pets it is important to instill proper behavior in both the animals and the children early on.  
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Bred to outrun big cats and gazelles in the Afghan mountains, Afghan hounds require lots of exercise. Like other sighthounds, lure coursing is a popular event with this breed.  
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Bred to outrun big cats and gazelles in the mountains of Afghanistan, Afghan hounds require lots of exercise. Like other sighthounds, lure coursing is a popular event with this breed, which will provide socialization and plenty of chances to run. As they can easily reach 12 mph in speed, a spacious and fenced yard is highly recommended.  
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Because of their tendency of independence and free-thinking, Afghan hounds are sometimes said to be more similar to “companions” rather than “pets.” However, they do show intense loyalty and will form deep, meaningful bonds with their owners. Due to their large size and high activity level, a spacious yard is a must for owning an Afghan.  
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Because of their tendency of independence and free-thinking, Afghan hounds are sometimes said to be more similar to “companions” rather than “pets.” However, they do show intense loyalty and will form deep, meaningful bonds with their owners. Their cunningness and quirky behaviors make them at times frustrating, but always entertaining to have around.
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Contents

Physical Characteristics

800px-Afghan Hound Image 001.jpg

Breed Group:

Sighthound


Weight:

Grown Afghan hounds typically reach 45-60 pounds or 20-30 kg.


Height:

This lanky breed reaches 24-29 inches or 63-74 cm tall.


Color(s):

The coat can be of any color or combinations of colors, from the common black-and-tan to blue, silver, brindle, and more.


Coat:

Afghan hounds are known for their long, elegant coats that require careful and frequent grooming.


Overview

Character:

The regal and dignified appearance of these dogs does not stop them from being active and lively come play time. While they tend to be reserved around strangers, early socialization can make them into affectionate and very playful companions. Independent and intelligent, Afghan hounds have a reputation of being willful and a handful to train; however, their intense loyalty makes owning an Afghan an especially rewarding experience.


Country of Origin:

As the name implies, this breed originates from Afghanistan.


History:

Although Afghan hounds are one of the most ancient of dog breeds, they were not introduced into the western world until the late 19th century. Originally bred as a hunting dog, it is believed that the ancient “desert” and “mountain” types of Afghan hounds interbred to become the Afghans we see today.


Name:

They are named after their country of origin, and are sometimes also known as Baluchi hound, Balkh hound, or Kabul hound.


Temperament:

Afghan hounds can appear to be shy and aloof, and are sometimes even described as “cat-like.” They can also be touch- and noise-sensitive, which makes them rather nervous and jumpy in a new environment. However, proper socialization and training will ensure that they display their tender and affectionate nature.


Care

Training:

Afghan hounds are cunning and independent, which means they often respond poorly to normal obedience training and especially punishments. Plenty of positive reinforcement, and creative ways of “tricking” them into doing what you want them to do, are the way to go when training an Afghan. As well, due to their somewhat nervous and sensitive disposition, for households with children and other small pets it is important to instill proper behavior in both the animals and the children early on.


Activity:

Bred to outrun big cats and gazelles in the mountains of Afghanistan, Afghan hounds require lots of exercise. Like other sighthounds, lure coursing is a popular event with this breed, which will provide socialization and plenty of chances to run. As they can easily reach 12 mph in speed, a spacious and fenced yard is highly recommended.


Ownership:

Because of their tendency of independence and free-thinking, Afghan hounds are sometimes said to be more similar to “companions” rather than “pets.” However, they do show intense loyalty and will form deep, meaningful bonds with their owners. Their cunningness and quirky behaviors make them at times frustrating, but always entertaining to have around.

Breeders:

No breeders listed at this time.


List of dog breeds

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