Developed in Afghanistan (from ancient lines, likely Egyptian), the Afghan Hound was bred to hunt large game, pursuing his prey by sight, in both mountains and deserts. This sighthound's widely spaced, freewheeling hip joints enabled it to travel with agility and speed to bring down prey ranging from deer and antelope to wolves and snow leopards. Their remarkable coat protects them against weather extremes.
Today the Afghan is a companion dog, although his speed and athleticism show up in lure coursing and tracking. With a flowing silky coat and exotic features, the Afghan Hound is the model/actress of the dog world, admired for its beauty, grace and flashy style.
While the Afghan loves his family and is generally calm with older children, some Afghans may be nervous around unpredictable and/or small children. Similarly, while Afghans are social with the family’s dogs in general, they are wary of strangers and may chase newcomers, dogs and cats alike, off their property with exuberance.
Training an Afghan takes perseverance. The breed is not especially obedient and often quite skeptical about the value of human requests. Like most hounds, the Afghan is an independent thinker, bred to hunt and think for themselves.
A fenced yard helps protect the Afghan from his own instinctive prey drive. Apartment life isn’t ideal for Afghans, although arguably they are relaxed indoors. Outdoors, the Afghan needs space to gallop. And gallop they will. Good luck to the yard’s rabbits.
About Afghan Hounds
Fluid, with a touch of the exotic
Mind of their own