Dog Breeds, Hounds

A season of Hounds / Afghan Hound

HoundsAfghan Hound

We are going to start a new season of the Hound dogs.  The hounds we are looking at are the Afghan, Basset, Beagle, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Dachshunds, Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Saluki and the Whippet.  All of these dogs do require plenty of exercise and time, some hounds require hour walks and plenty of running.  Let’s take a look at the Afghan Hound.

Afghan Hound

A supremely elegant dog which, according to Afghan legend, travelled on the Ark in Bible times with Noah.

History

The ancestors of this type of breed are believed to have come from Egypt, where references to a dog of this type date back to 3,000 B.C.  Trade routes between the Middle East and Far East probably carried this valuable hound up into the Afghan mountains, where the length of its coat was increased as a protection against extreme winter cold.  For centuries it remained a dog of the nobility, hunting gazelles, antelope, wolves and foxes.  The first British import arrived in 1886, but the breed did not reach America until 1926.

Temperament

Pleasant and good natured, but with an independent streak that can cause trouble if not dealt with firmly.  Its urge to chase and kill is very strong.  The appearance of aloofness, however, is deceptive: Afghans need kindness and attention and will pine if treaded as nothing more than four-legged ornaments.

Requirements

Definitely a dog for those with plenty of time on their hands.  It need plenty of hour exercise and needs generous amounts of grooming and food.

 

KEY CHARACTERISTICS Afghan Hound

 

 

 

 

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