Afghan Hound Dog Facts
About the Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is similar to the Greyhound in terms of build, and so is capable of a quick gallop and running down game. It is able to navigate rough mountain terrain easily, and its large feet make it unlikely to hurt its paws on rocky ground.
It has a long coat that makes it resistant to the cold experienced at higher altitude, but which means it needs a lot of grooming maintenance. Its fur is usually gold, white, red or cream.
The Afghan Hound can appear to be aloof and regal, as it holds both its head and its tail high. Its tail has a pronounced curl when held up, spiralling back on itself. The dog can be prone to tail injuries.
It has a streak of independence and has been described as 'cat-like' in personality. It can also be shy towards strangers. It sometimes has an aggravating trait of not coming when called by their owners.
The dog developed its physical characteristics because of its origins in the Afghanistan mountains. The large paws and long hair protected it from the environment. It is one of the oldest breeds of dogs recognised, in that it has a lot of genetic biomarkers that still line up with modern wolves, showing that its line hasn't evolved too differently from the dog and wolf common ancestor.
Having been bred to chase down game, it is likely to run after small animals.