Despite their aristocratic physical appearance, the Afghan Hound is actually a very sweet, loving and playful dog that enjoys human interaction and companionship.
They will bond with one or two people in the family and will typically choose to listen to or take instructions from them rather than anyone else.
The Afghan is very much like a cat in some aspects of its personality. They need to be able to pick and choose when they want attention or companionship, this trait will vary greatly between animals with males being typically more aloof than females.
The Afghan Hound personality takes many forms and any prospective owner would do well to socialize them properly if they are not to become highly strung and timid in adulthood. The breed has an independent streak which is usually manifest by the dog seeming to not hear commands, especially a call to come back when they are out running and playing. Consistent, regular positive interactions and lots of time with the family is the best way to enhance the Afghan Hound’s sweet and gentle temperament.
Children: The Afghan makes a fine companion for families with older children who are respectful of their sensitive nature and are aware that this is not an overly playful dog once out of puppy hood. Being generally nervous of sudden movements and loud unpredictable sounds does make them less than suitable for young children. Why not check out these other great dog breeds that are good with children.
Grooming: The long, silky beautiful hair of the Afghan Hound requires regular, daily grooming to keep it in top shape and free from knots and tangles. This will usually take a commitment of several hours of grooming time per week, so this is not a breed for anyone who doesn't like spending excess time on their dog’s upkeep.
Exercise: The Afghan Hound is a breed that needs at a minimum an hour but preferably 2 hours a day solid exercise.They will run just for the sheer enjoyment of it, with or without companionship. They do, of course, make terrific jogging companions but it is important to remember that jogging is not full out running for these dogs and they need to be able to gallop free and to stretch their muscles.
Training: Afghans are very intelligent, and do have an independent , almost wilful streak, patience and understanding are the key to Afghan Hound training, they are sensitive to harsh regimes and coercion will simply render the dog a nervous wreck and achieve very little. They can become bored so training activities need to be varied, they can also be difficult to house train.
Health: Generally healthy but can suffer from problems of the heart, eyes and injuries to the tail. Finding a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.
The Afghan Hound is an ancient breed derived from Middle Eastern Sighthounds. It was employed by nomadic tribes as a coursing hound capable of providing hare and gazelle meat for the pot. Generations of hunting in the harsh mountainous regions of Afghanistan produced a fast dog that also had a good deal of stamina, but most of all, had incredible leaping ability and nimbleness.
These dogs remained isolated for centuries, hidden in the impenetrable fastness of the mountains. The first Afghan Hounds came to England in the early 1900’s with the breed standard being modelled on “Zardin” a particularly striking example of the dog. They grew slowly in popularity appealing primarily to the glamoratti, and became popular briefly in the 1970’s as a passing fad ,but this has since dwindled to the low numbers of registrations seen today.
The Afghan Hound Personality Is Aloof, Graceful, Keen, Sensitive And Elegant.
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The perfect Afghan Hound owner is patient and has the time required to under take the considerable grooming that this dog requires, they also understand that the Afghan though sweet natured is aloof in their personality and can provide the requisite amount of exercise and training to get the best out of this beautiful dog.
Possible problems: Will chase smaller critters when off the lead, has quite a high prey drive, difficult to house train. As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club
How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.
How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily a sign of how aggressive the breed is.
Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.
Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.
Breed Stats At A Glance: 1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst
Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!
A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner than others.
Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.
Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.
A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.
Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot so think of your neighbours!
Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.
Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.
Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.
How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and bathing etc.
All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.
How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most intolerance. Intact males generally are more problematic with other intact males
Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.