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The Ancient Origins Of The Afghan Hound

This unusual looking dog is rooted in ancient history with Egyptian pharaohs. It is considered an elegant dog, its fur is like silk and the texture is fine. Its tail curls. It is among the sight hounds of the Middle East. That means it hunted by sight. Though it began its life as a breed in the courts of royalty it worked as a hunting dog for nomads for centuries and that is how its capabilities were fully developed. It supplied gazelle and hare for the hungry nomads with the aid of the great falcons. These aggressive birds were trained to plunge down at the prey.

The Afghan hound is quick, nimble, leaps extremely well, and has good endurance. For most of history these dogs were limited to the Afghanistan mountains. They were brought to Britain during the 1800/partners/s by returning army officers. They were brought to the U.S.A in 1926. They were known as Galanday Hound, Barukhzy hounds, Shalgar Hound or Persian greyhounds. There were two kinds of Afghan hounds developed in Afghanistan; one was breed in the north and another in the south and west. Once they reached Britain a new standard was coined for the breed, which depended on the arresting features of a dog named Zardan that Captain Bariff, brought back from India. And this dog was one of the Persian sight hounds. In 1912 a standard for these dogs was written. The breeding of them ceased during World War I.

Some of the dogs were taken to Scotland and they are the Bell-Murray strain, originally inhabiting Baluchistan The were the steppe kind of dog and their fur wasn/partners/t as thick. In 1925 Mrs. Mary Amps sent some of her dogs from the kennel in Kabul. They were from the Ghazni strain; their fur was thicker; they were the mountain kind of sight hound. From this model the current stylized dog was bred in the United States. The dog gathered appeal slowly; people interested in glamor were most attracted.

The Afghan hound became in vogue with show dog trainers and such more quickly. They are popular dogs in conformation showing and lure coursing.

It has never lost its taste for hunting and when outside will tend to run down small animals, though it gets along well with them inside the house. Sometimes it doesn/partners/t obey when called. It is warm-hearted around children, though not as playful as may be desired. It is reserved around strangers. It is an independent dog.

The Afghan hound needs exercise each day outside. Sprinting and walking combined help to fulfill its need for exertion. Excercing it in a space where it can run and leap is better. It needs to be brushed several times each week. The male weighs between 45 to 60 pounds and is 24 to 29-inches tall and then female weighs 50 pounds and is 25-inces tall. Its lifespan is about 12 to 14 years. They are easily affected by stress and sometimes it causes digestive problems. They are prone to allergies and cancer. They are sensitive to anesthesia because of their lower body fat. The Afghan hound has a tendency towards developing chylothorax. It is a rare disease that affects the lungs.


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