The Afghan Hound in America
and proud Afghan Hound is a good example for the
The Afghan Hound in America
Hound is a tall dog, but not heavy. The male is
typically between 26 and 28 inches tall at the shoulder,
and the female between 24 and 26. The ideal weight
for a male Afghan Hound is 60 pounds, and 50 pounds for
the female. Although their bodies are covered in
long fur, if shaved, an Afghan Hound should appear very
thin with its ribs easily visible.
competing as a show dog, in coursing event, or enjoying
life as a playful family companion, the Afghan Hound is
a one-of-a-kind breed. He is an independent
thinker and therefore, is not easy to train. He is
aloof, distrustful of strangers, he is stubborn, and is
one of the highest maintenance of any other
breeds. So, it is clear that the Afghan Hound is
not the dog for everyone.
Many of us see this dog in the show ring or a photo in a
magazine and we want to take him home. Please, learn
everything about the Afghan Hound before bringing
If you expect your dog to obey your command promptly, the Afghan Hound is not the dog for you.
If you try to
force obedience into the Afghan Hound, this dog will put
on the brakes and refuse to move. You will try
again and again to make him obey your command and you
don't get that this dog is different from any other
breed. You get frustrated and begin to yell at
him. He is your dog and he has to obey. You
get rough with him and may even hit him. At the
end of the leash your dog is pulling away from
you. You are breaking his spirit - you are trying
to get his heritage out of the dog. Your beautiful
Afghan Hound is now a very depressed dog and he wants to
get away - and he will if he gets a chance. Your
dog might stop eating. He will get weak and may even die
because he lost the will to live under these conditions.
The damage you have caused to this dog could be permanent. If he is rescued it will take a long time to repair the damage and only a person, with a lot of love and respect for the breed may save him.
all about the Afghan Hound before bringing one
into your home. This is a scenario that happens
too often. They are beautiful dogs and they are
not for everyone.
long and glamorous coat beats the heart of a hunter. He
was bred to course hare and gazelle over the rugged
terrain of his native Afghanistan. To be a free
thinker was a necessity in a dog bred to course big
cats. He often
hunted alone courageously holding dangerous animals at bay
until his huntsman on horseback caught up.
He was highly valued for his ability to
run fast and his ability to think and hunt independently
without human directions.
This is the
Afghan Hound we brought to America. He no longer has to hunt
for his living
but his heritage is the beauty of this
dog. What we love about the Afghan Hound is his
independence. The free thinker. We love his
aloofness, his dignity, his pride. We even love
his stubbornness - because that' s what he is.
Once you have
learned all there is to know about the Afghan Hound and
you still want one, Congratulations! Give him a good home and be
happy and proud of this new addition to your
home. He will entertain you and keep you busy for a
long time. His life span is about thirteen
years. Then you will cry like you never
have before. He was one of a kind and
he broke your heart. But he gave you
the best years of your life.
anything should happen and you cannot keep him anymore, please bring
him to a breed rescue where he has a good chance to a good home.
they always be worthy of their
May we always be worthy of them.