Exotic and beautiful, Afghan Hounds really stand out in a crowd. They have narrow heads and tall, slender frames covered in long, silky hair that can come in almost any color. Their ears, also covered in silky hair, hang low. They have dark, almond-shaped eyes and large, black noses. Their long necks lead to straight backs and upright, curled tails. Overall, Afghan Hounds look poised and dignified.
Because of their elegant appearance, Afghan Hounds have built a reputation as austere and fashionable city dogs. In truth, Afghans are energetic and athletic and totally outgoing.
The Afghan may seem a little reserved with new people. But around the home they are much more relaxed, easygoing and even humorous, rolling around on the carpet and cracking jokes. Not especially protective, Afghan Hounds still form very strong bonds with their families. They need lots of love, attention and togetherness.
Afghan Hounds needs a good half-hour walk every day to stay in mental and physical shape. Not the best apartment dogs, they should have a decent-sized back yard to frolic in. Just make sure you have a fence, and a tall one at that: These dogs can leap great heights. Remember to always keep the Afghan Hound on a leash in public.
Afghan Hounds can live as long as 14 years. Generally healthy, some can develop hip dysplasia and cataracts. Grooming can be somewhat of an ordeal with Afghan Hounds. Their long, luxurious coats need daily brushing and regular bathing to stay under control. However, they are not excessive shedders.
Westerners discovered Afghan Hounds in 19th-century Afghanistan, where they had been prized hunting and herding dogs for several thousand years. Nimble, strong and quick-footed over Afghanistan’s rugged landscapes, these dogs guarded livestock and hunted gazelles and leopards. Today, they combine a working dog’s energy with a household companion’s charm.