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The Afghan Hound behaves so haughty and reserved, especially with strangers

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The Afghan Hound (also known as the Afghan Hound is a dog from Afghanistan.

The origin of this breed it is possible that you are in the race Saluki. 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.

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..

Breed: Afghan Hound - Standard FCI


  • Skull: Long, not too narrow, with a well marked occipital Protuberance. Well proportioned and covered with a tuft of long hair.
  • Depression links (Stop): Light.


  • Truffle: Preferably black; It allows the color liver in dogs with coat clear.
  • Snout: Long, with powerful JAWS.
  • JAWS / Teeth: JAWS strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite is to say, the upper incisors closely overlap the lower and the teeth are placed vertically in the maxilla. Bite level. Allowed the bitefork clamp edge with edge.
  • Eyes: Preferably dark, Although the Golden tones are not. Almost triangular in appearance, Since the internal rising slightly oblique towards the outer corner angle.
  • Ears: Low insertion loss and placed far behind the head, worn close to the head, silky long hair covers.

NECK: Long, strong, It holds the proud head port.

  • Back: Straight, moderately long, with good musculature.
  • Pork loin: Straight, broad and rather short.
  • Rump: Slightly sloping to the tail. Quite separate and prominent hip bones.
  • Chest: Ribs moderately sprung, well deep chest.

TAIL: Not too short. Low insertion loss and forming a ring at its end. It takes her high during movement. Cover of hair in the form of thin pen.


  • Blades: Long and inclined, placed well behind, equipped with good musculature still strong without seeming heavy.
  • Forearm: Long and inclined.
  • Elbows: In vertical profile, under the cross, attached to the rib cage, without deviations outward or inward.
  • Arms: Straight, equipped with strong bones.
  • Metacarpus: Long and flexible.
  • Previous feet: Previous feet strong and very large both in length and width, covered in long and thick hair; arched toes. Pads rest firmly on the soil.


  • General appearance: Powerful. With great length between the hip and the hocks and, comparatively, distance short between the Hock and foot.
  • Knee: Well angulated and well directed.
  • Back feet: Long, Although not as wide as the previous, covered in long and thick hair, arched toes. Pads rest firmly on the soil
  • Spurs: They can be removed.

MOVEMENT: Fluid and elastic with a very distinguished style.

  • Hair: On ribs, in the anterior and posterior limbs and the flanks is long and very fine texture. In adult dogs, from the shoulders back and along the mount is short and tight. From the front and back hair is long and is a marked section, long and silky (“top-knot”). The facial hair is short. The ears and limbs are well covered with hair. The pasterns may lack hair. The fur should present a natural development. Any evidence of cuts or cuts with scissors should be penalized..

COLOR: All colors are admitted.

Ideal height at the withers:

  • In males: 68 to 74 cm..
  • In females: 63 to 69 cm..

FAULTS: Any deviation from the above mentioned criteria is considered as missing and the gravity of this is considered to the degree of deviation to the standard and its impact on the health and well-being of the dog.


  • Aggressive or fearful dog.
  • Any dog showing clear physical abnormalities or behavioral signs shall be disqualified.

NOTE: Males should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

TRANSLATION: Brigida Nestler / Original version: (IN)

Technical supervision: Miguel Angel Martinez

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.

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