The Afghan Hound is a unique and elegant breed. They have a long, silky coat and tall, slender build meaning they have high grooming and exercise needs. They were first bred thousands of years ago by nomadic peoples of Afghanistan to hunt larger animals such as leopards and antelopes. They are fast, (can reach up to 40mph), graceful, and extremely athletic. Sighthounds are strong willed and independent thinkers, who do not have a strong desire to please. However, once properly trained, these breeds make fun and playful companions.
Common Health Condition
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease in Afghan Hounds that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- Afghans require plenty of exercise to ward off boredom and destructive behaviors such as chewing.
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Symptoms include chronic ear infections, bacterial infections of the skin, hair loss, lethargy, and depression. This condition is most commonly treated with medication and diet.