Afghan hounds are active and agile dogs who love to communicate with humans, other dogs (and even cats) and simply love to play. They are cheerful, cheerful, good-natured and loyal. However, in the mood they can demonstrate their proud temper and begin to stubbornly, therefore, training of Afghans is often not the easiest thing to do.
Afghan hounds are rather large, resilient and elegant dogs, real aristocrats in the canine world. They have a magnificent posture, a measured step, and the look is always full of dignity. The maximum height of representatives of this breed is 74 cm, and weight – 34 kg.
Afghan hounds have strong body, wide chest, muscular limbs, strong, flat back with lowered croup. The head is a wedge-shaped, set high, with a smooth transition from forehead to nose. Muzzle elongated. The eyes are slightly oblique, the shape is triangular, the color is dark. The nose is brown or black. Jaws are strong.
Afghan hounds have long, hanging ears. The tail is long, twisting at the tip, in the active state always keeps above the level of the back. Wool is soft, long and silky, hair straight.
When running, the Afghan hounds develop a huge speed: up to 60 km / s, which corresponds to the speed of a thoroughbred horse. This property is due to the special structure of the hips, allowing the dog to quickly change direction and feel great in terms of elevation changes in the highlands of Afghanistan.
In the process of training it is important to be patient, not to offend the pet and in any case not to hurt him!
Despite its dedication to family members, the Afghan hound always defines for itself one, the most important person who will love more than others. At the same time, it is important for the dog to feel the reciprocal love and care of the owner, it needs praise and approval. Afghans are friendly dogs, but as a rule, their friendliness extends only to familiar people, and they are cold to strangers.
In addition, Afghans are restrained, rather calm dogs that never seek to dominate. They love silence and negatively relate to the harsh noise, because of the loud sounds they begin to worry and worry. Therefore, Afghan hounds are not the best solution for families with small children. While for an active person or for a family with adults, moving children, an Afghan will be the best pet.
In Afghan hounds, good health and a tendency to serious hereditary diseases is absent. However, an important feature of all members of the breed is a low pain threshold. Afghans are incredibly sensitive to pain, and any, even the smallest wound can give a dog serious anxiety. Greyhounds can often get hurt during hunting or walking (especially the long tail “suffers”), so the pet must be regularly examined, and if damage is detected, immediately contact a veterinarian.
Afghans need good nutrition with a high content of fats and proteins and long, moving walks in the fresh air for good health. Moreover, it is recommended to arrange a dog jogging – at least 1 hour per day.
During the runs it is necessary to take into account that if the dog notices a small running animal in front, the hunting instinct will wake up in it – and it will immediately rush in pursuit. Therefore, it is recommended to walk Afghans in restricted areas or in proven places.
The silky wool of Afghans needs regular daily care.
Thanks to a good gene pool and good health, Afghan hounds are long-lived. The average life expectancy of Afghans is 16 years.
Afghan hounds are considered one of the oldest dogs in the world. According to the legend, there was a greyhound among the animals saved by Noah. But even if this is not the case, however, there is evidence that the direct ancestors of Afghans lived in the territory of the Middle East several thousand years ago.
One of the most popular versions of the origin of the modern breed is the crossing of the first Afghan hound with a saluki, also called a gazelle dog.
The modern breed of Afghan hounds was recognized in 1926, in the year of the founding of the first club of Afghan hounds in the UK.
Being Muslims, the people of Afghanistan have a negative attitude towards all dogs. However, the Afghan hound, which proved to be a great hunter and a wonderful shepherd, is a subject of their pride and respect.
Afghan hounds are inferior in speed to other greyhounds, however, in endurance they are far superior to them.
Afghan hounds were often used to hunt gazelles, deer and even leopards.
Luxurious and graceful Afghan hounds are real aristocrats and models of the canine world. They can often be seen in films, various programs, on the covers of magazines, etc.
Pablo Picasso, fascinated by his pet – the Afghan hound – created a sculpture in her honor.