Non-sporting Breeds

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC(GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 27 in (68cm) Bitch: 25 in (63cm)
Weight: Dog: 60 lb (27kg) Bitch: 50 lb (22.5kg)
Coat: Long and fine
Color: All colors acceptable

This member of the Greyhound family, possibly related to the Saluki, is said by legend to have been one of the animals taken aboard Noah's Ark. Its ancestors somehow found their way from their original home Persia (lran) to Afghanistan, where the breed developed its long, shaggy coat to withstand the harsh climatic conditions. Its speed and stamina meant that it was used to hunt leopards, wolves, and jackals. It has since become a popular show dog and has been utilized in the growing sport of Afghan racing. The Afghan is an elegant and affectionate dog that is generally good natured but does not tolerate teasing. It is intelligent, somewhat aloof, and requires plenty of exercise. The coat should be groomed with an air-cushioned brush and will soon become matted if it is not given sufficient and regular attention.
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