AFGHAN HOUND INFORMATION
The Afghan Hound, a large sight hound, and one of the eldest recognisable breeds of dogs, and DNA testing has positioned the Afghan Hound breed among those that has the lowest genetic divergence from the wolf on a number of markers; this can be considered to imply that these dogs happen to be descended from the earliest dog varieties, not that the dog breeds screened had any antiquity from their contemporary type. Present day purebred Afghan Hounds came from dogs introduced in the 1920s to The United Kingdom, and are actually a merging of types of long-haired sight hounds originally from across Afghanistan as well as the adjoining locations. The astounding appeal of Afghan Hound dogs resulted in them becoming extremely desirable show dogs as well as household pets, and they are generally acknowledged by most of the major kennel clubs within the English-speaking world.
The Afghan Hound must surely be the ‘Aristocrat’ of the canine world, moving or standing he shows great dignity. He is a tall sight-hound, his head is fairly long and moderately narrow; eyes are almond in shape and come in colours of dark brown to shades of amber blending in with his coat; prominent hip bones; his long flowing coat, comes in many colours and when properly groomed is a truly magnificent sight.
Breed Group – Hound
Height – General: 2 feet to 2 feet, 4 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight – General: 50 to 60 pounds
Life Span – 10 to 12 years
Just as people have the potential to develop genetic health problems, so too can dogs have the potential to inherit a particular disease.
Health problems in Afghan Hounds can include Juvenile Cataracts; Thyroiditis, the autoimmune disease which destroys the thyroid gland. Elbow dysplasia;( without corrective surgery, leads to painful arthritis.) Elbow dysplasia is an inherited defect.
Other problems in this breed; Cataracts, Corneal dystrophy, Demodicosis Demodectic mange, Hip dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Glaucoma, Progressive retinal atrophy, Retinal dysplasia – Afghan Hounds suffering from any of these health problems should not be bred.
The Afghan Hound has pendant ears which hang close to his head, this can lead to some ear infections if neglected so this requires attention on a weekly basis to keep any infection at bay.