Afghan Hound

Breed Group: Hound
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Overview
The Afghan Hound has grown in popularity and makes a wonderful companion. Aloof, elegant and devoted, this breed is also very loyal but can be reserved around strangers. Socialization is a must for this breed.

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Character
Gay, beautiful and intelligent, this breed is very often seen in the show ring. The Afghan Hound is very dignified but can be disobedient if not trained properly. Given the right home and family, this breed will become the light of your life.

Does your Afghan Hound bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
A very sweet, loyal and affectionate breed, the Afghan Hound is also very sensitive and should be treated as such. A very noble and courageous breed. They do well with older children and can do exceptionally well with other animals providing they are socialized around them.
Care
The Afghan's coat requires quite a bit of attention. Baths are necessary once a week to keep the coat from matting. Brushing the coat of this breed can make it more easily matted and can cause problems. Special grooming tools are required for this breed.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Afghan Hound has a thick and silky coat with a very fine texture to it on the ribs, the legs, and hindquarters. There are many requirements for the coat, one being that it should never be trimmed, and should remain natural. The hair on the ears and feet are feathered.
Training
Being that the Afghan Hound is sensitive, this breed must be trained gently, yet consistently. If not given the proper training and socialization, this breed can become destructive and disobedience. Obedience classes are recommended. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Afghan Hound puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Afghan Hound should always have a safe and fenced area to run. This breed should also have regular walks daily. Fresh water should always be available as this breed has a long coat, which can cause him to become hot. Thirty minutes of running per day is recommended. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 60; Female: 50 lbs
Height
Male: 27; Female: 25 inches
Color(s)
all colors permissible except spotted

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Afghan Hound Questions

What special tools would one need for grooming an Afghan Hound?

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The Afghan Hound is a beautiful breed of dog, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to groom one. Unless you've worked under a groomer, or are allowed to watch over your groomer, I would suggest allowing a groomer groom your dog for now. But, if you really want to do it yourself, the best tool to start with is the Slicker Brush. But contacting your groomer is the best thing to do for more information.

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When grooming an Afghan Hound, a pin brush, a rake (to be used very sparaningly if at all) and a bible! But really the most important thing is to bathe regularly and really good conditioner to keep the hair and silky to prevent matts in the first place. If you do that a daily brush is all you should have to do.

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A Slicker,a Andis clipper with a skip tooth #7 blade for the face and tail and a #4 blade for the saddle and a thinning shears for finishing touches.I also use some conditioning spray like ShowSheen.Also some 'Shower after Shower' powder from the Dollar store for inside the hind legs were the coat gets sticky between the bath.Having Afghans for over 55 years-this works for me.

Are hounds howling annoying? I'm thinking about maybe getting a hound, but I've heard they howl A LOT I know they howl but I don't know how much. Is there a point where the howling gets annoying?

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If you are interested in getting a Hound breed, then do your research. Hounds in general were bred for hunting and so their howl is important. Most won't howl unless there is something to howl at, or they are bored. The main thing is to start positive reinforcement training as soon as your get your puppy/dog. Training them when it is okay to howl and when it's not is best. As well, make sure your hound has lots of exercise, especially if you have to leave him/her outside while you are out of the house; this way they are tired and don't howl out of being bored and bug your neighbors. Puzzle toys, treat balls, antler's, and frozen marrow bones are things you can use to your advantage to keep your hound busy while you are gone.

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Respectfully, to the above comment fr. 'anonymous' - I firmly must disagree, some folks may not do their research and will accept any or all advice/suggestions given. ANTLER'S are quite dangerous and damaging, there are documented cases (w photo's) fr. Veterinarians of the destruction to teeth and jaw bone of dogs chewing Antlers, they are too hard and can split teeth/fracture jaws. It is also common sense and responsible to never leave a dog unattended w any chewy/bones, you should always be present, nearby when giving your dog anything it might ingest or choke on no matter how many times it hasn't happened, don't leave them unattended (they should w repetitive training, settle down for a nap when left alone)....again, Antler's are an absolute NO way.

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Afghans only howl when there are Ambulance or police car sirens go off,Afghans join in for a few seconds.

What purpose were Afghan Hounds bred for?

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The Afghan Hound is a very ancient bred dating back to Egypt and Afghanistan. The Egyptians used Afghans as guard dogs, walking duty at night to keep an eye out for raiding tribes from the desert to come in to steal. The Afghans were also taught to steal from neighboring camps. In Afghanistan, the Afghan excelled as the hunter. Afghans are sighthounds, they hunt with their keen sight rather than by scent. Their exceptional vision means they can spot prey far off. Once sighted, their incredible running speed comes into play, which has been estimated to reach 25 miles an hour at full speed. Their unbelievable speed and power enables them to hunt gazelles, snow leopards, wolves, hyenas, jackrabbits and other animals of similar size. Their powerful, twisting jaws, and their pivotal hip joints that allows them to turn into themselves enabling it to double back on its prey makes a kill almost certain.

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In Afghanistan Afghans are used for hunting.In the US and elsewhere they are couch ornaments, companions and show dogs.

How smart is an Afghan Hound?

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Afghans are very intelligent, that being said they can be hard to train. They are a lot like a cat, where you have to make them think it's their idea. They have been known to open doors and cabinets to get what they want.

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Afghans are aloof and independent and often misunderstood, even called stupid but the truth is that they are super intelligent, far above the average dog and person.

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By 8 weeks old our Afghan Hounds knew sit, give me a paw, roll over and go night night.

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