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The Afghan Hound as evident from the name, has their roots in Afghanistan. This was the place where the oldest cave paintings were found. In Afghanistan they were used to assist hunters and shepherds.
An Afghan Hound is one of the most elegant and royal dog breeds in the world. Also called the King of Sight Hounds, this majestic breed is also considered one of the oldest breeds in the World. As its name suggests, an Afghan Hound hails from the mountainous region of Afghanistan where it was originally named Tazi Spay and its origin is believed to date back to the pre- Christian era. Legend has it that an Afghan Hound was one the dogs that was rescued in Noah’s Arc. Paintings and murals of AFghan Hounds have been found in ancient Afghan Caves which depict them hunting in the ancient times. Aristocratically beautiful, Afghan Hounds were originally used as hunting dogs in the desert and mountainous region of Afghanistan where they could run and cover great distances and hold off their prey till their handler would catch up. Today, Afghan Hounds are in the league of luxurious pets especially in the US and Europe. If you are planning to get an Afghan Hound as a pet, you would need to be certain of the physical and temperamental attributes of this royal breed.
Afghan Hounds or Tazi are sight hounds and hunt by the sight and speed instead of sound and endurance. Since they are a part of the sighthound family, they are blessed with a vision angle of 270 degrees unlike other dogs who may only have a vision angle of 180 degrees. The main reason for this advantage is the dolichocephalic skull that a Afghan Hound has, which helps them to achieve this vision, it is three times in length when compared to its width which aids them in chasing their prey without losing out of its sight. Afghan Hounds are a beautiful dog breed and are commonly referred to as the runway supermodels of the canine world. Blessed with long lustrous coats and elegant build, Afghan Hounds have made their way to print, Television and online media for various luxury products. Afghan Hounds were bred to hunt deer, gazelle and leopard and hence can run really fast, often clocking speeds at 40 miles per hour, which is almost equivalent to the speed of a racing horse. One of the most unique aspects of an Afghan Hound is that they are hypersensitive to pain and injury. As a result, owners of Afghan Hounds have to be careful with the surroundings that they Afghan Hound plays in as the smallest of injury can bring a lot of pain to them. There are many owners who will vouch for their amusing tactics and commonly refer to them as clowns and will love to share the stories of their mischievousness and their ability to steal objects right under your nose.
Impeccable grooming of an Afghan Hound is the only way one can maintain its long and lustrous silky coat and give the dog an aura of mystique. The fur of the hound is very fine in texture, similar to that of humans, and requires regular brushing and frequent baths to remain so, else it may become tangled or matted and give an unkempt look. The head has top knot of long and silky hair on the head; leaving the back of this pet the entire body is completely covered with hair. For many new owners, grooming and maintaining an Afghan Hound might be difficult as it is tedious and time consuming. It will be advisable to hire the services of professional pet groomers. Owners will also have to ensure that the nails of the Hound are trimmed at least once or twice a month especially if they are not being worn out naturally. The grooming regime for your pet must start from an early age as this will ensure that he is not temperamental with someone touching his feet, mouth or ear at a later stage. While grooming also check the skin for sores or rashes as the long fur can harbour infections if not taken care of.
Afghan Hound is a very intelligent breed but do not mistake this for trainability. Known to be one person or one family dogs, they do not make very good watch dogs. Their independent thinking and proud persona makes it one of the tougher breeds to train. One would have to show high levels of perseverance and keep a gentle hand while training – show or house training an Afghan Hound. One of the reasons that it is difficult to train an Afghan Hound is its lack of interest in food and having a proud personality. Unlike Labrador or Golden Retrievers, Afghan Hounds do not believe in the concept of pleasing people. One would have to be careful while handling an Afghan Hound. Rough handling can make the dog aloof and uncooperative. Owners of Afghan Hounds will have to be mentally prepared that their pooch has to be handled with care and patience because it is a proud breed and that there will be times when the hound will behave on its own accord.
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