A striking-looking silky coat, a graceful and elegant body, and an exotic heritage… sounds intriguing? That’s the Afghan Hound for you. Keep reading to learn more about this ancient dog breed that is an intriguing combination of independent and sweet tempered.
Belonging to the AKC’s Hound Group, Afghan Hounds are medium-sized dogs, standing 25-27 inches tall on average and weighing around 50-60 pounds. The average lifespan of an Afghan Hound is 12-18 years, so this is a long-lived dog breed.
In terms of family life and personality, Afghan Hounds are affectionate with family members but retain a strong streak of independence. These dogs do not need to be petted or hugged all the time. They do reasonably well with young kids and other dogs provided they are socialized as puppies.
Afghan Hounds are neither very friendly with strangers not overly aloof. They can be playful at times but will not play non-stop like some other breeds. These dogs are moderately vigilant and can serve as watchdogs. This is a reasonably adaptable breed that can adjust to some changes in routine. You can keep an Afghan Hound in an apartment as long as you can meet the exercise needs. This breed is rugged and tolerates both hot and cold weather very well.
If you are a novice pet owner or first-time pet parent, then the Afghan Hound is probably not for you. This dog can be strong willed and requires some degree of experience with dogs. It is a powerful, athletic breed that is tall and strong, so you should be confident in handling such a dog. Keep in mind that Afghan Hounds were bred to hunt prey and have a strong instinct to chase, so they must be kept on leash when outdoors.
Afghan Hounds have moderate to high energy levels and mental stimulation needs. They need long walks or a yard where they can run at full speed to let off steam. Afghans have a moderate barking tendency as well.
The Afghan Hound’s long silky coat requires regular grooming to stay matt-free but does not shed a great deal. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
In summary, Afghan Hounds have an eye-catching silky coat that gives them a regal appearance. They also have a somewhat aloof and dignified demeanor. This is a graceful, agile, powerful dog that traditionally accompanied hunters in rough terrain. So, while an Afghan Hound is not the right breed for everyone, this is a dog that can make a wonderful pet for the right family, a family that can spend time grooming the beautiful coat and giving this dog the necessary amount of exercise.
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