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Does Afghan Hound’s Standoffish Nature Bother You?

Have you ever met an attractive dog that deliberately ignored your warm pleasantries? Meet his Lordship, the Afghan Hound!

The article has covered in detail every aspect of this luxurious breed.

Let’s get started, shall we?

History of Afghan Hound

Hailing from Afghanistan, the Afghan Hounds resembles the canines found on Noah’s ark. And that qualifies them to the most referenced list—the oldest breeds. Their agility as hunting companions earned them aristocratic status for centuries.

In 1800, the English officer introduced the British finest to Western History. Although registered in the U.S.in 1947, breeders got hold of them in the early ’30s.


Zeppo, the youngest of the Max brothers, was the first to import the Afghan Hound from England. By late 1970, Afghan Hounds were the talk of the town in America.


At their peak of fame in the 1980s, they participated in the Lure Coursing Competition. In the same year, they proceeded to the AKC show ring and branched to obedience competition.


Appearance

Afghan Hounds are intelligent, independent, and yet so aloof breed. They have an alluring silky coat, high hip bones, and long thin faces. As they stare in the distance, their tufted tail curls upwards, forming a ring.


Although different in colors, regular grooming is essential for their exotic silk. Afghan Hounds are hypoallergenic, suitable for allergy sufferers.


The breed has a thick coat and paw-pads. These features were of ultra-importance in the harsh mountainous regions.

Temperament

Afghan Hounds don’t entertain hugs and pettings from strangers. So when young, owners should introduce them to many people and unusual sights and sounds.

There is a funny side of Afghan Hounds that only active owners can fathom. It’s no news to find them messing with clothes in your closet.

 Though barking comes out naturally from other dogs, it isn’t an Afghan Hound thing.

Centuries back, Afghan Hounds were valuable assets to the huntsmen. Their ability to think while hunting alone impressed them. Afghan Hound could hunt down dangerous animals and hold them captive until huntsmen arrive.

Living

For the Afghan Hounds, family comes first. They show steadfast loyalty and fierce protection. But, unfortunately, they weigh around sixty pounds- not a good fit for lapdogs.

Not all Afghan Hounds have permanent homes. Some live in shelters while others in rescue groups.

Standing as high as 27 inches at the shoulder, Afghan Hounds are agile and the best jumpers. For that, a large fence, preferably 8 feet tall, is a must-have.

Training

Sighthounds are free-spirited and independent thinkers; they don’t regard your opinion. Also, they are sensitive and, if handled roughly, can act out severely. It’s crucial to consider that during training.

 Training can be a hurdle for new pet owners. Often, they’ll resolve in giving out treats. However, this trick doesn’t move a muscle in the Afghan Hound.

Their stubbornness is often confused with wild disobedience. But in reality, they are strong-willed. Finding their hearts’ soft spot and patiently use it to your advantage can make them come around.

                                                                     
Care

Because of their agility, Afghan hounds need a high secured fence. They have sharp eye sights and always ready to chase animals around.

Leaving Afghan hounds without leashes is risky. They will take off and never return. After all, they used to outrun horses


Feeding

Improved homemade or manufactured dog food makes Afghan Hounds nourish.

When feeding the Afghan Hound, consider age, size, build, and metabolism. Adult Afghan Hounds consume more food than puppies.


Treats are lovely reinforcements during training. But beware: Some treats make Afghan obese. To keep them fit, reduce their calorie intake. The hands-on test helps determine Afghan’s actual weight.

Here it’s how it works:

  • Spread your fingers downwards on Afghan Hounds sides
  • Put your thumb beside their spine.
  • If you feel their ribs, everything is okay. The reverse is a layer of fat

Note: The best way of dealing with overweight is dieting.

Grooming

Like humans, Afghan’s silky and thick hair requires regular grooming. Nonetheless, it can be tricky and time-consuming for beginners. But, you can hire a professional groomer as you learn. When grooming, check out for sores, rashes, and skin inflammation.

Dental care is essential for Afghan Hounds. Brush their teeth at least thrice a week to remove tartar and bacteria lurking in their teeth.

Short toenails maintain Afghan Hounds hygiene. Also, it prevents them from scratching people when jumping on them. An Afghan Hound with a steady grooming background interacts seamlessly with the vet during a check up.

Health

Afghan Hounds are not immune to diseases. Before adopting, ensure the breeder has a certified report of their health condition.

The health clearance form must contain the health conditions below;

  1.   Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Scores range from fair or better. Here are the conditions tested;
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism &
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  1. Auburn University

Condition tested;

  • Thrombopathia
  1. Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)
  • The form certifies that the eyes usually operate


Allergies:

Signs include itchiness, sneezing, eye, and nasal discharge, hair loss, and lethargy. Usually, vets carry out a diagnosis to determine the actual cause.


Cancer:

Symptoms can range from body openings bleeding, swelling sores, difficult breathing. Treatments include; Surgery and chemotherapy.


Juvenile cataracts;

Cataracts make a dog lose sight. According to The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF), Cataracts are partial or complete opacity of the lens. If deeply affected, the vet can end them through surgery.

Hypothyroidism:

It causes symptoms like hair loss, bacterial skin infections, and chronic ear infections. Medication and a special diet are enough for treating this gland disorder.

Conclusion:

It’s one thing to adopt the Afghan Hound and another to tolerate their standoffish nature. Before adopting, do your due diligence. Good luck!

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