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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound dog breed is often considered "exotic." Unlike most dog breeds in English-speaking countries, the Afghan hound originated not in Europe, but Afghanistan. Afghan Hound dogs certainly look unique. Many Afghan Hounds' legs almost look like they're wearing bell-bottom slacks. The fur is long and silky, falling down in great waves almost as if it were cloth. The ears look less like ears and more like flowing locks of hair. That fur effect is again thanks to the long, silken fur which cascades down in a unique rippled pattern. High hips finish off the unusual appearance. Despite the breed's elegant appearance, it was actually developed as a hunting breed. Afghan Hounds are sighthounds, meaning they hunt by sight rather than scent.

Here are the characteristics of the Afghan Hound breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Afghan Hound's Behavior

Recommended for: show dogs, pets

The Afghan Hound dog breed has a personality that tends to seem serious to humans, even aloof. But Afghan Hounds do know how to have a good time, and can be quite playful with their families. Just don't expect your Afghan Hound to do tricks. They are among the harder breeds to obedience-train, according to Wikipedia.

Remember that breed only provides a general descriptions as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Afghan Hound Physical Characteristics

* Size: males: 26-28 inches; females: 24-26 inches
* Coat: Thick, silky, fine-textured hair completely covering everything but the head, front, underbelly, and feet. The ears and feet have more feathery fur. The hair on the dog's underbelly and front is short.
* Color: any color, except for a characteristic white "blaze" on the chest.
* Eyes: almond-shaped, dark.
* Ears: long.
* Skull: even.
* Nose: black
* Tail: set not too high on the body, with a ring-shaped or curved end

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