Height: 25-27 inches
Weight: 50-60 lbs.
Life Span: 12-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Sight Hounds
Afghans, like most sight hounds, are generally gentle dogs but are aloof
and cautious with strangers. They are friendly with most other animals,
although they may chase cats if not socialized with them early. They are
very sensitive to strange noises. It is very important to socialize and
obedience train these outstandingly graceful dogs from an early age.
The long, flowing coat ranges in color from light and dark golden blond
to black. Its texture is silky, except for the short hair on its back.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Afghans require daily brushing and combing. A daily dose of vigorous exercise,
such as several brisk walks, and the opportunity to run freely in a fenced-in
area several times a week are necessary to avoid behavioral problems.
This aristocratic dog is known in the West as a competitor in the show ring
and as a fashionable companion, but its origins are more rugged and earthy.
It originated as a large-game hunting and falconing dog in the mountains
of Afghanistan in the 17th century.
Breed-related health concerns: sensitivity to anesthesia, whole milk,
and flea/tick dips and collars, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, juvenile
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club