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Afghan Hound


If a [person] be great even his dog will wear a proud look. 
- Mohandas Gandhi

Afghan Hound puppy

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Afghan Hound
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Although the Afghan Hound was 'discovered' in Afghanistan, he is believed to have originated in Arabia and Persia. An ancient member of the greyhound family, the Afghan developed his long coat to adapt to the harsh climate of Afghanistan. 

Don't be fooled by his glamorous exterior - this dog is an athlete, originally bred to run down the gazelle and other prey such as deer, antelope, wolves, and snow leopards. Swift and agile, the Afghan is capable of covering rocky terrain with ease. 

In the late 1800s, British soldiers in Afghanistan found the breed and brought it back to England where it was first shown as the "Oriental Greyhound".

The Afghan Hound ranges in size from 24 to 28 inches tall with males reaching up to 30 inches tall at the shoulder. Perhaps his most remarkable feature is his abundant, flowing coat. The  Afghan's coat is fine, long, straight and silky. The coat may be any color but be prepared - it requires hours of grooming each week to keep it in top shape. 

Like many other hounds, the Afghan is aloof and may appear standoffish. Although reserved in temperament, he is also lively, active, and can be mischievous. He bonds well with his family but is best in a household with older children. Afghans are sight hounds, bred to chase and catch game by sight; any small animal that runs may trigger this response. This is especially true with cats. Bear this in mind if there are other pets in the house. A dignified aristocrat, he is an independent thinker. Boredom can be the cause of some destructive behaviour.  Attention and exercise can often help alleviate the problem.

Alert and agile, and possessing a high activity level, the Afghan needs lots of outdoor exercise. You should count on a minimum of 30 minutes to one hour per day. He should have a well fenced area to run around in. Remember he is a far-seeing dog who will take off after anything that catches his interest.  Lure coursing and agility are good sports for Afghans. However active he may be, an Afghan will adapt quite well to the life of a couch potato! Characteristically independent, training may be a challenge. Start early! His stubborn streak and low boredom threshold will try your patience. Consistency is the key. Harsh training methods will only discourage him.


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Afghan Hound Club of Canada
Canadian Sighthound 
Field Association

Metro Valley Afghan 
Hound Association

Vancouver Island Afghan Hound Association


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Doug & Avery Gaudin, Obiwan



Doug and Avery Gaudin
715362 Oxford Road 4, RR#5
Woodstock, ON  N4S 7V9
(519) 537-7211



Afghan Hound Club of Canada Rescue
(204) 255-3986



Did you know?


The nose prints 
dogs leave on your house and car windows are as individual as the human fingerprint.

Noseprints were used by the CKC for identification 
until the invention of the tattoo.


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