The Afghan Hound (also known as the Afghan Hound is a dog from Afghanistan.
The origin of this breed it is possible to be in the Saluki breed, It would have come to Afghanistan via Persia. In Afghanistan, the Saluki would need a coat more appropriate for the hostile climate in the mountains of this country, developing the long fur that characterizes the current Afghan Hound, and with that today appeals to so many people that they acquire dogs of this breed without taking into account that you need very special care.
The antiquity of this breed still has not been corroborated by anyone, but the earliest records date from the 19th century, which does not mean that they did not exist before, but that Afghan nomads didn't bother in the race record for writing. The first illustration made out of an Afghan Hound is year-round 1813. This breed arrived in England in 1920 and didn't succeed, being recognized by the British Kennel club only six years later.
In the year 1880, When he ended the war between Afghans and British, the officers of the British army took home some of these dogs, whose characteristics as hunting dogs in the harsh conditions of the Afghan mountains, they had drawn their attention.
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In Europe, Afghan Greyhound has maintained its natural as dog and hunting activity, task that was already in its land of origin. Also, Thanks to its elegant appearance, agility and speed, It has become dog race and company.
In the beginning, the Afghan Hound was used for chasing prey of all kinds, you were in the mountains of Afghanistan, such as hares, foxes, Gazelles, jackals, Wolves, Deer, and even, ptarmigan leopards (It is the only big cat who lives exclusively in high mountains and is perfectly adapted to this environment).
Another feature of the Afghan Hound was monitoring the camps of the nomadic tribes and livestock, functions that, along with those related to hunting, This race gave a huge popularity among the nomads of Afghanistan (They even reserved a day of festivities dedicated to the Afghan Hound, which engalanaban them with necklaces of flowers).
By its general appearance it gives an impression of strength, dignity, speed and power. The exotic and oriental expression is typical of the breed, with a direct and scrutinizing look.
The head features long skull and not very narrow, with the prominent occipital, the long snout, clean jaw and the light stop.
The eyes are preferably dark, almost triangular and slightly oblique upwards. The ears are inserted low, well delayed position and the animal stuck against the head. The limbs are straight and with good bone structure. That should not be too short tail, fits low, It forms a ring at the tip and is adorned with a few curious Wicks. In motion, the animal has been raised.
But: long and thin on the sides, extremities and flanks. In older dogs is short and dense in the area from the shoulders and the kidneys. Head is long from the front and forms a long silky hair.
Color: all colors are supported.
The ideal height at the withers for males: 68 to 74 cm.. and females: 63 to 69 cm..
It is considered one of the least intelligent races, positioned on the scale as the number 79 According to S. City, author of "The Intelligence of Dogs", but also whimsical.
An Afghan Hound could pretend that he does not know his master after having left a couple of evenings on the patio, or not having given all the attention that demand. The Afghan looks it to one and look through one. It is majestic and distant, with a certain subtle ferocity.
They tend to be dependent and a bit suspicious. They also have great strength and courage, even before other animals fierce such as leopards and wolves.
We have tried to use race in Europe for greyhound racing, but it has never been. The problem comes from the fact that the Afghan sighthounds not pursue the mechanical Hare as either one Greyhound would, but a genuine strategy of hunting that you plan to catch the Hare: they pass through the central area of the racetrack and are thrown over them when to spin the Teddy approaching towards the Afghan Hound.
He has washed too often (each 15 days), because knots are easily formed.. Exemplary elders and breeding females can be sheared to be able to take care of more easily.
Alternative names: Galgo Afgano / Afghan Hound / Balkh Hound / Baluchi Hound / Barutzy Hound / Shalgar Hound / Kabul Hound / Galanday Hound
Group 10 / Section 1 – Sighthound long or wavy hair