Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound
Afghan Hound Dog Breed

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Height: 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 50 to 60 pounds (22 – 34 kg)
Color: Any color or combination of colors
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years
Litter Size: 1 - 15 puppies
Health Problems: Generally healthy

A breed of dog considered more noble than the common dogs, this hound is prized by Afghan tribesmen as highly as horses and hawks.

The Afghan Hound is a sighthound with an aristocratic bearing. Tall and slender with a long, narrow, refined head, silky topknot and powerful jaws. The occiput is quite prominent. The muzzle is slightly convex ("Roman nose") with a black nose. There is little or no stop. The teeth should meet in a level or scissors bite. The dark eyes are almond shaped. The ears lie flat to the head. The neck is long and strong. The height at the withers should be almost level and the abdomen well tucked up. The hipbones are quite prominent. The front legs are strong and straight and the feet are large and covered with long hair. The tail has a curl or ring at the tip, but is not carried over the back. The long, rich, silky coat is most often the color of sand with a darker face and ear fringes, though all colors are permitted. White markings, however, are discouraged.