Also known as Tazi It is a dog coming from Afghanistan.
The origin of this breed it is possible that you are in the race Saluki, I would have come to Afghanistan through Persia. Already in Afghanistan, the Saluki need a more appropriate coat for the hostile climate of the mountains of this country, developing the long coat which characterizes Afghan Hound current, 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 origin of the Afghan Hound It is ancient, with the first records approximately in the year 1000 -. C., in the area where it is currently Afghanistan. It was used as a hunting dog.
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 of a Afghan Hound It is the year 1813. This race came to England in 1920 and didn't succeed, It is 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.
In Europe, the Afghan Hound It has maintained its natural activity sheepdog and hunting, 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 He was employed to chase prey of all kinds, who were in the mountains 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 function of Afghan Hound was the monitoring the camps of nomadic tribes and livestock, functions that, along with those related to hunting, They gave this race a huge popularity among nomads Afghanistan (even they reserved a day of celebration dedicated to Afghan Hound, which engalanaban them with necklaces of flowers).
Physical characteristics Afghan Hound
General appearance gives an impression of force, dignity, speed and power. The exotic and oriental expression is typical of the breed, with a direct and scrutinizing look.
The head It has the long narrow skull and not, with the prominent occipital, the snout long, clean jaw and the light stop.
The eyes They are preferably dark, almost triangular and slightly oblique upwards. The ears They are set low, well delayed position and the animal stuck against the head. The limb They are straight and well boned. The tail it should not be too short, fits low, It forms a ring at the tip and is adorned with a few curious Wicks. In motion, the animal has been raised.
The hair It is 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.
They are admitted all colors.
The ideal height the cross males: 68 - 74 cm.. and females: 63 - 69 cm..
Afghan Hound character and skills
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.
A Afghan Hound I could pretend he does not know his master after having left a couple of afternoons on the patio, or not having given all the attention that demand. The Afghan look at you and look through one. It´s Dignified and aloof, with a certain subtle ferocity.
usually dependent and slightly suspicious. They also have great strength and courage, even before other animals fierce such as leopards and wolves.
It has been attempted 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: cross the central area of the racecourse and pounce on them when turning the bear is coming to 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.
Images of the Afghan Hound
1. Afghan Hound, Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Barakzai Hound, Eastern Greyhound/Persian Greyhound (English).
2. Lévrier afghan, Tazi (French).
3. Afghanische Windhund, kurz Afghane (German).
4. Galgo afegão (Portuguese).
5. Lebrel afgano, Baluchi Hound, Sage Baluchi, Tazi, Ogar Afgan (Spanish).