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Afghan Hound

Breed origin: Afghanistan
Original purpose: Hunting dog (sight hound).

AKC recognized: 1926
AKC group: Hound

Size: Weight: males around 60 lbs; females around 50 lbs
Size: Height: males 26 to 28 inches; females 24 to 26 inches
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Color: All colors are permissible.

Life span: 10 to 13 years.

General characteristics/temperament: Known for being aloof, dignified, and for having a highly individualized personality, Afghan Hounds make great companions. They are loyal and affectionate with their own family but are reserved around strangers. Their beautiful coat requires regular grooming, and their larger size necessitates regular exercise. They have many cat-like tendencies and a leaning towards independence, which means they will sometimes choose to ignore obedience commands. The breed is an excellent sighthound and a spectacular show dog.

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Good with children? Possible if raised or well-socialized with them, but not with very young children.

Good with cats? No

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Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, lure coursing, agility, obedience

Exercise requirement: Daily leash walk and 30 minutes of running.

Grooming requirement: Comb and brush daily and bathe weekly to prevent matting. Many pet owners choose to keep the coat shorter to make grooming eaiser. Special grooming tools required.

Known health problems: Allergies, cancer, sensitivity to anesthesia, chylothorax.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Afghan Hound (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Bryony Harcourt-Brown and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
158 pages

The World of Dogs: Afghan Hounds
By Lynda Race
Published in 1999
240 pages

Afghan Hounds (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By D. Caroline Coile
Published in 1997
104 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Afghan Hound Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Afghan Hound Club of America Rescue

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