Get to know the Afghan Hound
All you need to know about the breed
From their runway-ready mane and innate grace to their piercing gaze, the Afghan Hound has a host of qualities that have earned them admirers across the world. Originally bred as hunting dogs across mountains and deserts, the Afghan Hound possesses impressive speed, stamina and agility—in other words, you should plan to engage in athletic activities, such as lure coursing (a sport for dogs in which they chase after a mechanically operated lure), to channel their need for speed.
Although they tend to be reserved with strangers, the Afghan Hound is affectionate, loyal and playful with their human family. That being said, Afghan Hounds are known to have a relatively independent mind and are less demonstrably cuddly than other dogs. They also don’t respond well to strict training methods. They are best suited to owners with experience and time to commit to grooming that luxurious coat and exercising with them (short strolls won’t do the trick!).
With the ability to reach speeds of up to 64 kmph, the Afghan Hound needs enough room to run and jump. That may be in your backyard, where you will need to ensure the space is enclosed to prevent the dog from running off (their hunting drive is strong!), or a spacious apartment. If socialised early, they can adapt well to life with children and medium-sized dogs. One other piece of advice: Use indoor voices, the breed is easily overwhelmed by yelling! Key to a healthy and thriving Afghan Hound is a sensitive tone and tender loving care.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Afghan Hound
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