Afghan Hound dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
- Group: Hounds
- Weight: 25 - 35 kg
- Height: Males: 68-75 cm Females: 60-70cm
- Colors: black, red, cream
- Training: is made with patience and firmness
- Grooming: should be combed often
- Temperament: optimistic, independent, stately, dignified
- Health: healthy, disease-resistant
- Litter size: 3 - 12 puppies
- Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
- Other names: Afghanischer Windhund, Baluchi Hound, Yes Kochyano Spay Greyhound Eastern / Persian Greyhound, Afghan Lévrier, Lebrel Afghan, Afghan Hound, Balochi Sage, Sage Baluchi, Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Afghan Hound dog
Afghan Hound breed is registered in Afghanistan and the beauty of his princely specimens propelled her among the favorites for the title of "most beautiful breed." It is said that embodies Afghan Hound Dog fascinating charm of the Orient and the allure of mystery covers proud of his origins, as long as populations in its area of origin gave him duties as may be common for a dog.
Experts agree that the ancestor Kennel Club dog breed Afghan Hound is great Egyptian Greyhound (dog Pharaohs).
In northeastern Afghanistan, the region Balk, were located several caves with cave drawings dating from the fourth millennium BC, depicting them, among other things, Afghan Hound hunting. According to ancient legend, the breed was preferred by Noah himself would have included it among the few animals on the ark saved. These dogs have got through the second millennium BC, to India, where they were used for hunting and guarding breed of sheep.
In Afghanistan, the species is used to guard flocks of goats, the cows and hunt leopards, jackals, deer, wolves, foxes gases. Export dogs of this breed was prohibited and arrived very late in England and America; It is recorded Bariff a captain, a British citizen, who brought "Zardini" (a male Afghan Hound) from his home, early century. XX.
This dog has been exposed for the first time at Crystal Palace Kennel Club Show in 1907, winning a big impact.
Food Afghan Hound
Afghanistan is an animal prone to gastric torsion, has deep chest, so if you decide to dry food is better if, before offering bowl dog food to soak in water for 5-10 minutes.
After eating, especially if you have a big appetite animal rushed and not allow them to run than after last at least an hour. Give your water 20-25 minutes after he finished eating and check it to be at room temperature.
Consider used and shape of the bowl. Long ears and hair with which they are embellished, and conformation muzzle recommends vessels narrower and deeper. if not considered to be a task too difficult catch dog ears with a bandana protective wider before you eat.
If Afghan Hound dog breed is best to avoid too many experiments about food. As betray and general behavior, these dogs are quite demanding and choosy.
Choose a feed dogs recommended breed good quality, insist gently without hesitation to convince your dog to consume and, having accepted it, not change the formula food until a special situation does not require it ( diet dictated by a veterinarian, crossing into another age category / class, clearly diagnosed allergic reactions).
That means it is not enough to identify a type of food the dogs very suitable and complete in terms of optimal nutrition intake and vitamins, but you and make sure that the brand you want is available in the market for an average (at least) of time and affordable for your pocket.
It is best to think of the time to make supplies plentiful for 1 months, these will be stored under proper conditions (in dry, constant temperature, away from sunlight and air fresheners). Many dog owners choose wrong for animal food to keep in the garage, building on this spacious and convenient.
Keep in mind though that in this environment dog food may become contaminated with various odors coming from cars in. And if you did not know, when choosing food, dogs rely primarily on smell. An Afghan Hound will be no exception to this rule.
Description Afghan Hound
Afghan Hound is a dog particularly with haughty look, with dignified, with a certain pride depicted ostentatiously. The whole allure of the body, harmoniously composed, suggesting equally strength and dignity.
Exotic expression and walking supple, elastic and majestic, a stylish way, represents the feature race. Compared with any other breed, Afghan Hound has a unique constitution of the hip joint, which allows him to execute special moves and influences gait characteristic.
Proportioned head compared to body size is worn above and proud; skull is long but not too narrow, covered with rich strands of long hair, shaped bonnets; snout is long with strong jaws; nose, preferably black, and brown can be.
Dark eyes, triangular, slightly oblique, have looked melancholy; Attached ears are worn down and stuck his head backward, covered with long, silky; the neck is long and strong, deep chest, back flat, muscular and slightly inclined towards the thighs; paws are oval, strong, long and wide, covered with long hair and often.
The tail of this animal is of medium length, is bare compared abundant hair on the trunk and ends at the top in a spiral. Tails the top of this somewhat atypical shows a tuft of hair (pennant).
Behavior Afghan Hound
This dog is dignified and distant. Sometimes his attitude suggests the impression of a well tempered cruelty. Also contributing to this specific impenetrable gaze of this dog, similar to the populations among people who grew rough. An oriental expression says an Afghan Hound dog look "at you" but "through you". It is an animal with a strong personality, stubborn, selfish, quite small with a precision in the execution of training exercises, race still responds fairly well to obedience dog training.
Currently, Afghan Hound breed is the favorite for the role of a pet, but if there is a child in the family is good for both the child and the dog be taught to respect each other. Animals are very sensitive, vain, possessive, often by capturing very fast reflexes.
Structurally, these dogs are calm, patient and possess what we humans call "common sense". Instinctively hunt "everything that moves", so it should not be grown in the household with small animals (cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, etc.). When an Afghan Hound gets bored with the attention that is given, it will simply withdraw to a quiet corner, away from the crowds, and will have a nap.
Great care must be taken in respect of exercise a day when an Afghan Hound. If this dog will stay long in the house, the armchair, watching TV, get bored terrible, and a bored Afghan Hound is worse than a cat. He can create considerable damage to your home. It will open the wardrobes and countries outside all linen, furniture will fruit, will climb the table in the living room, trying to reach windows to escape. It is therefore recommended that this animal to spend part of the day outside in a courtyard, in a fold if there is no time to be a walk in the park.
Training Afghan Hound
Unfortunately, when Afghan Hound breed physical beauty is complemented by a docile and malleable character. These dogs require skills of the more advanced training from the instructor, because they are very difficult to tackle because of their independent nature and selfishness. Uncooperative when they are asking for things placed outside their momentary interest, they have convinced very skillful methods and avoiding any price hardness.
Animals are very good memory and an inflexible code of conduct. If a particular training exercise was imposed by means of force, this dog will refuse to simply execute it not only in the respective session, but ever before. So be careful and difficult task entrusted it to some experts.
Very long hair and silky, with a fine texture, characteristic of the Afghan Hound breed dogs, covering his legs, chest, head and ears; back, from shoulders to the base of the tail is covered with short hair and well attached to the body; the upper part of the muzzle is covered with short hair and sticky; forehead hair is longer, with a mot abundant, silky on the crown.
The toilet should be done weekly, it includes bathing and brushing, or their fur will turn into a tangled mass. Adult fur will develop around the age of 1 year, until then dogs have short hair and fluffy. If the coat is not properly cared for, dogs will become susceptible to parasite infestations can develop skin abscesses, skin diseases, ringworm.
Characteristics Afghan Hound
Afghan Hound breed dogs do not require very strenuous and meticulous care. Most of the owners of dogs Afghan Hound previous sentence would treat it as a joke, but at least you have a chance for things to stay exactly. These dogs are distinguished by their coat very spectacular.
Brushing this animal should become a "ritual" daily and in case of impediments to the time available, carried out at a distance of no more than 2-3 days. Periodically, once brushing, adjusts the hair on top of the head, the famous "cap" Afghan Hound breed.
Also, keep in mind that there are some haircuts standard for the breed quite easily achieved with suitable tools, form obtained is required to be readjusted with a weekly frequency.
Health Afghan Hound
From a medical standpoint, when we refer to the Afghan Hound breed dogs we can say that animals are resistant to disease, with good health, a feature of most breeds greyhounds. Dogs are lean, with a very good stamina, equipped to give a good return in conditions of prolonged effort.
These animals endowed with a sleek and fat under the skin is thin (like most family representatives Greyhound) have a low resistance to anesthetics. From this point of view, all interventions are considering this procedure must be reviewed and where appearance is not known, it is good to stress you when you contact a veterinarian less experienced;
Chylothorax is a rare but sometimes identified within the Afghan Hound breed. The disease is manifested by cracking transition of vessels in the chest, allowing inundated with different fluids of this cavity. As a response of body torsion can occur pulmonary or pleural formation of fibroids (internal organs developed in response to the danger of liquid penetration). This disease is rare in dogs, as we underlined, but Afghan Hound is one of the breeds that are reported in specialized casuistry;
Afghan Hound dog will never be a patient patient or permissive. This animal is sensitive to chemicals and therefore very difficult to accept medication. You have to find clever ways to convince a different Afghan Hound to swallow pills. Do not force the animal, seek to grant favorable treatment in moments when it is well ordered and used mild words. It is recommended that medication to be granted by the person in the family that Afghanistan is most attached.
Every time they take drugs, do not forget to reward him and praise him generously. Unless absolutely necessary, do not call the veterinarian for treatment, because it is possible that this dog picky develop a phobia for the veterinarian's office, and you will have problems every time you will visit, even for routine operations ( checks, deworming, vaccines).