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Afghan Hound

Personality:A breed of charming contradictions: independent and aloof, but sweet and profoundly loyal; dignified, but with a silly streak

Coat & Grooming:Grooming is a major consideration in this profusely coated breed

Energy Level:Very Active; Bred for high-speed pursuit, Afghans need fenced-in running room and brisk walks

Originally: Afghanistan

Nicknames: Afghan

Size: Large

Meet the Afghan Hound

​Since ancient times, Afghan Hounds have been famous for their elegant beauty. But the thick, flowing coat that is the breed’s crowning glory isn’t just for show—it served as protection from the harsh climate in mountainous regions where Afghans originally earned their keep. Beneath the glamorous exterior is a powerful, agile hound—standing as high as 27 inches at the shoulder—built for a long day’s hunt. Their huge paw pads act as shock absorbers on their homeland’s punishing terrain.

What's Their Story?

​This is a very old breed. So old, in fact, it predates written history. And, it was developed in some of the most remote locales on Earth. These two facts make it impossible to pinpoint the breed’s beginnings. What we do know is that for centuries Afghans were rugged, explosively fast hunting companions and status symbols of royals, tribal chieftains, and aristocrats of Asia’s mountain kingdoms. In the 1800s, English officers returning from the British Empire’s farthest corners introduced Afghans to the West.

What are they Like?

​Owning an Afghan almost guarantees that you’ll have the most beautiful hound at the dog park. And the breed’s devotees swear by its faithfulness and endearing personality. But Afghans come with conditions: The grooming, the running, a high prey drive, and the challenge of training an independent hound. It’s a special breed for special people. An Afghan expert writes, “It is not the breed for all would-be dog owners, but where the dog and owner combination is right, no animal can equal the Afghan Hound as a pet.”

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