We are considered by many as ‘the world’s oldest dog breed’. It is claimed, among other things, that the dogs’ representative on Noah’s Ark was an Afghan hound.
Owners of the Afghan Hound have described us like this:
“They are kind and devoted, yet devoted when it suits them. It is precisely their peculiar nature that appeals to so many, not to forget their beauty. Is there anything more beautiful?».
Very independent and unique personality
In all humility, I would describe our breed as an excellent companion dog.
We fit well as a “one-man dog”, but also work in families. However, “Afghans” are not overly social - when it comes to strangers, we may seem different.
Although we are not a typical watchdog (we rarely make noise), we can bark once or twice when strangers come.
Afghan hounds are independent dogs, and for these reasons, we can be somewhat challenging to train. For example, we do not allow ourselves to be motivated by treats like many other breeds. It is probably not with me you win an obedience competition.
Do you wonder why we are so independent and headstrong? It has to do with our history as hunting dogs.
When we were still used to hunting, we had to pursue the target on our own. We had to make choices on behalf of our owners because they were usually far away.
Must be allowed to run, but beware
Initially, we were bred as hunting dogs, and therefore we still have hunting instincts. They can be activated when least expected.
How strong our instincts we have varies between individuals, but there is some hunting instinct in all of us. Like other greyhounds, we hunt with sight, not smell or hearing.
Even though we Afghans are no longer pure-bred hunting dogs, we run less than before. But we still have a great need for exercise. It is essential to let us run a lot and often, for us to be happy.
Preferably we want to run free. But due to our hunting instinct and our independence, owners should be careful. If an Afghan hound gets the sight of an animal, it runs away.
To allow us an energy outlet, we should have the opportunity to run freely in a safe area (fenced).
Grooming needs/Fur maintenance
Our beautiful fur requires a lot of care to stay healthy and beautiful. Though, it is not necessarily combing that requires them most;
Afghan hounds need to bathe often: 1-2 times a week. Bathing us is a time-consuming ritual.
What about our health?
The Afghan Hound is a healthy breed without many known diseases/problems. However, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and cataracts occur. The breed is also sensitive to anesthesia.
Healthy individuals have a life expectancy of 12-14 years.
Important to know about Afghan greyhound
We demand a LOT of exercise. The owners must know this.
We do not necessarily show up when you call. Regardless of how much you have trained us.
Our personality can appear strange - we are stubborn and independent.