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Alternative Names

The Afghan Hound is also known as the Baluchi Hound, Sage Baluchi, and Tazi (Hound of the Pharaohs and Cavemen).

Basic Info

The Afghan Hound is a tall breed, standing 24 to 29 inches (63-74 cm) and weighing 45 to 60 pounds (20-30 kg). Their coat can vary in color, but white markings are discouraged. The long, fine-textured coat requires careful grooming, and distinct features include a long topknot, a shorter-haired saddle on the back, high hipbones, and a small ring on the end of the tail.

Health

While generally healthy, Afghan Hounds may have allergies and are sensitive to anesthesia due to their low body fat. They are known for their relatively long lifespan, often living 13-14 years.

Behavior

Afghan Hounds can be aloof and dignified but playful and clownish when engaged. They have a reputation for independence and may not always follow commands. Though not commonly used for hunting today, they excel in lure coursing and dog shows.

Origin

The Afghan Hound hails from Afghanistan and has ancient roots dating back thousands of years, with connections to the Tasy breed of Russia.

History

The breed was initially kept within Afghanistan, and it wasn't until the early 20th century that it reached Europe and America. Recognition by AKC and CKC came in the 1930s. The Afghan Hound was also part of a historic moment as the first cloned dog named Snuppy, though associated with controversy, marked a significant scientific achievement.