Afghan Hound Breed

Afghan Hound : 

General Information
Dog Name: Afghan Hound
Dog breed Group: Hound dogs
Size Category: Large dog breeds
Height: Ranges from two feet to two feet, four inches (measured from the shoulder).
Weight: Ranges from 50 to 60 pounds.
Lifespan: Ranges from 10 to 12 years.

Brief History
This distinctive breed is both agile and gentle, making them an excellent hunter and shepherd in their native Afghanistan. The Afghan Hound is thought to have existed for thousands of years but didn't leave the country until the early twentieth century, when they were brought to the UK and USA as potential show dogs. The breed's popularity skyrocketed in the 1970s, when the Afghan Hound was introduced as Barbie's newest pet.

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability
This breed is an excellent watchdog. They are fiercely protective of their owners, and their loud bark is usually enough to spook intruders.

B. Ease of Training
Afghan Hounds learn slowly, possibly due to their stubborn nature. In terms of temperament this breed is more cat than dog, and will often completely ignore commands. This is perhaps one of the most difficult breeds to train.

C. Playfulness
This breed is often described as aloof, but in truth they are very loyal to their owners. They are not the most affectionate dogs, but will often act the clown and engage in play.

D. Exercise needs
Afghan Hounds need a fair amount of exercise each day. They enjoy walks and romping in the garden, though it should be noted that they can jump exceptionally high - owners should invest in a high fence.

E. Adaptability
The Afghan Hound is comfortable in all weathers, and will happily live in an apartment. Whilst they can be a challenge to train, they are generally quite easy to handle and are suitable for novice owners.