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The Afghan Greyhound, the prince of dogs

It is difficult to compete with such elegance. A prince of beauty contests, the Afghan Greyhound is distinguished by its beautiful, long fur. He is also an outstanding sportsman. Its greyhound origins are not deceiving. Get to know this ancient breed better.

Characteristics of the Afghan Greyhound

They are admired for their refinement and power, their beautiful coat and their supple, elastic gait. The Afghan Greyhound is a fairly large dog that measures between 63 and 69 cm in females and 68 and 74 cm in males with a weight of around 28 kg. The dog has an oriental look. It has a fine, narrow head with a long muzzle, a slightly marked stop and firm jaws. It reveals eyes of triangular form revealing a dark color with a black border at the level of the eyelids. Note that the standard also tolerates golden eyes. The ears for their part are set low and are placed against the head. They are furnished with long and soft locks. The beauty of the Afghan Hound lies in its long, silky coat, which must also be smooth. The standard admits all coats. However, colors ranging from sandy to golden are the most sought after.

History of the Afghan Greyhound Breed

The Afghan Hound has ancient origins. Some say that it was one of the animals selected to board Noah's Ark and escape the flood. They are also found in cave paintings dating back to 2000 B.C. It is said that this breed is the result of a cross between the Bakhmull sighthounds of the Afghan mountains, the Kyrgyz and perhaps the longhaired shepherd. Originally from the Middle East, it was introduced in Great Britain around 1890. It was not until the 1930's that it arrived on the French borders. As it resembles the Russian breed Tozi, the Afghan Greyhound is also nicknamed in the same way.

Living conditions and behavior of the Afghan Hound

The Afghan Greyhound's appearance is not the only thing that makes it stand out from the crowd. The Afghan Hound has a very particular temperament. Obstinate and independent, they use their intelligence and develop a wealth of ingenuity to get what they want. He can open a door himself, for example. This dog is sensitive, calm and content. Beware of its dominating side. It is also relatively susceptible, hence the importance of providing a gentle education. Obviously, as a greyhound, this dog will not be happy living a sedentary life. He needs to be constantly on the move and running around. Ideally, he should be able to participate in canisport competitions.

Feeding and main problems of the Afghan Greyhound

The Afghan Greyhound is a rather robust animal. However, it is affected by a genetic defect of its own called Afghan Greyhound hereditary myelopathy. This disease manifests itself by a degeneration of the spinal cord and usually appears during the first year of the animal's life. As the disease progresses, the dog develops paraplegia and eventually dies from respiratory arrest.