With its grace and beauty, the Afghan hound will easily overshadow most decorative breeds. The dog belongs to the hunting breeds and has not only external attractiveness, but also an excellent sense of smell, swiftness and endurance. Aristocratic breed attracts attention and arouses interest.
The history of the Afghan hound
Afghan hound belongs to the most ancient breeds. According to the biblical writings, there were a pair of greyhounds aboard Noah's ark. Scientists also agree that the breed is not one hundred years old. The cynologist G. Harrap wrote in detail about this in his book Dogs of the World Champions.
The breed acquired a modern look in Afghanistan, where the greyhound and salyuk were first crossed. A long and dense cover is necessary for the dog to protect it from the hot sun and winds. Afghan breed was registered in 1926, after the formation of the official club in the UK. In the former USSR countries, the afghan was introduced in the late 1970s. The dog was used in the hunt for the corral of small and big game.
Afghan hound is a bright representative of the hunting breed. For a pet it is important to drive and catch a game. It learns poorly to the service teams and will not cope with the newcomer with the breed. The dog is suitable as a guard, as he barks and treats strangers aggressively. If necessary, protect the owner and will protect his property. In England, Afghan hounds were often used as bodyguards for the aristocracy.
Despite the minuses, the Afghan hound has many advantages. The dog is tied to the owner, loves to play active games. Breed refers to one of the most hardy and fast. Afghans while running can reach speeds of up to 50 km / h.
Pet suitable for content in the aviary. When housing maintenance is to prepare for the long wool on carpets and furniture.
Breed standard (appearance)
Afghan hound dog is not limited to a strict exterior. The breed description meets the following requirements:
- Body type. Graceful and elongated body with a lean stomach and a dry, but not narrow chest.
- Paws. Long, straight shape. When running motion sweeping. Pads are dense, claws are well developed. Claws are color depending on the suit of the dog.
- Chest. Wide with a developed muscles.
- Head. High set, small, elongated. High location allows you to expand the view of the space during the hunt.
- Neck. Long, with a body forms an angle of 90 degrees. The transition from the neck to the head is not pronounced.
- Muzzle. Triangular shape, extended to the top of the head and very narrowed to the tip of the nose.
- Nose. The back of the nose is long and straight, acute. A bee with thin nostrils has a black or dark brown color.
- Eyes. Almond-shaped, dark in color: from dark brown to light sandy.
- Ears. Low set, triangular, trailing. The tips fit snugly to the dog's head. Covered with long and thick hair.
- Tail. Low set, saber, covered with long hair. May be wrapped in a loose ring.
- Color The standard allows any color of the Afghan hound, but puppies with white spots are rejected. The most common color is sandy or red, less common is black and white and black. Color is never delimited by sharp transitions.
- Wool cover. The coat is pointed but soft, long and straight. Covers the entire body of the dog, except for the muzzle. The dog’s nose is covered with short, close-fitting hair. Long hair straight, without waves and curls.
- Growth at the withers. The cable can reach 74 cm, females up to 69 cm. There are mini Afghan hounds, the height of which does not exceed 67 cm. Small representatives of the breed are not rejected and participate in exhibitions in the general ring.
- Weight. The breed belongs to the lungs and with a significant growth weighs only 20-25 kg.
Afghan hound character
Afghan hound has a complex character, and not every amateur can get on with a pet. The breed is distinguished by the following character traits.
- The dog is tied to the owner and jealous of him to everyone around him. Being jealous, the dog begins to foul and naughty.
- Afghan does not like small children, but does not show aggression towards them. The dog will not show interest in the child, and will try to stay away from him.
- Pet requires constant attention and does not tolerate loneliness.
- It treats other pets loyally. He will not show aggression, but he will not even consider himself with other animals.
- On walks, the dog loves to chase cats and birds. He will not show aggression towards them, but rather will drive for the sake of the game.
- Poorly trained, as the dog lacks perseverance and patience.
- It has an unstable psyche and can fall into depression without the attention of the owner.
- Needs socialization from an early age. Otherwise, the dog becomes uncontrollable.
- The pet loves active games and needs daily trainings and walks. Otherwise, unspent energy will manifest itself in an animal as a result of property damage.
The dog does not suit sedentary people and families with children. It is better to use a greyhound for its intended purpose - for hunting large, small and medium game. But with early socialization and proper education, the dog will become a companion for an active young man or couple. The dog tolerates any climatic changes and is not afraid of low and high temperatures, wind, high humidity.
Care and maintenance
The aristocratic nature of the breed is manifested not only in its manners, but also in its content. For the dog requires special care, which requires material investment and time. The thick and long hair of the dog will look like in the photos only if you monitor its condition daily.
Once a day the Afghan hound is combed with a brush with natural bristles. She unravels soft and long hair, separates the strands and help remove dust and debris. During the molt, a brush with metal teeth is used to remove the undercoat.
Several times a year, the wool is washed with a special unraveling shampoo. After washing the hair is dried with a hair dryer, otherwise irritation or weeping eczema will appear on the pet's skin. Before exhibitions, wool is combed with talcum powder, which collects excess fat and gives the wool uniformity and silkiness. The paws and belly of the dog are washed after each walk. Four times a year, the hair is trimmed. Grooming is done at home or with the help of specialists.
Once a week, the rehabilitation of the ears. Cleaning is carried out using cotton pads and boric alcohol. Wipe the eyes with chamomile extract. With accumulation of secretions in the eyes of the Afghan hound, an inflammatory process develops.
Since the dog is active, after each walk the paw pads of the animal are examined. If there are cuts or cracks, the pads are lubricated with panthenol, but are pre-treated with hydrogen peroxide.
For dogs allocated a separate place in the house. A cozy corner is needed pet to relax from the attention of others. In most cases, the Afghan hound prefers to sleep in a chair or on the owner's couch. Weaning the dog from the habit is difficult and breeders are forced to surrender, securing the selected furniture for the animals.
Disease and Prevention
The Afghan hound has a low pain threshold and even minor injuries bring agony to the animal. Puppies up to one year old can become infected with viral and bacterial pathologies. As a preventive measure for a puppy before a change of teeth, a comprehensive vaccination against enteritis, hepatitis, and distemper is done. By the year of vaccination against rabies.
An adult dog is prone to pathologies:
- Hip dysplasia. Manifested in the form of lameness at the age of 1-2 years. In puppies, the changes may not appear. Passed from parents, so before buying a puppy, pay attention to the genetic characteristics of the parents.
- Digestive disorders associated with impaired food fermentation. As a preventive measure, it is recommended to keep the animal on specialized dry food.
- Inflammatory processes in the organs of hearing. The dog's ears are hidden under thick hair, and favorable conditions for the development of bacteria are created in the upper part of the shell. Prevention is regular reorganization.
- Cataract. Develops in animals after 6–7 years.
- Inversion of the intestine.
The life span of a large Afghan hound is up to 13 years old, but with good pet health.
The Afghan Hound puppy should be given as much time as possible. The dog can not be trained even by experienced canine. Blame for this is not the capricious nature of the animal, and the genes of the hunting breed. The most important thing for a pet is to catch and catch the game. Performing commands and tricks to the breed is optional.
The Afghan Hound does not remember a large number of teams, so it is important to choose a few basic ones. It will take at least several months for the host team to train. Borzoi enough to know the team: walk, to me, fu, sit, place. It is necessary to fix the acquired material with the dog regularly, otherwise the Afghan will cease to obey.
The dog is capable of guard duty, but ZKS for hunting breed is not suitable.
Feeding afghan hound
The Afghan hound treats food with whims. Pet will not eat food he did not like. To feed the fastidious ordinary food is difficult and many are switching to drying. Among the dry feeds for the Afghan hound are suitable brands for long-haired dogs and digestive problems: Royal Canin Maxi Digestive, Purina Pro Plan for dogs with sensitive digestion, Barking Heads.
Pets on a natural feed in the diet include the following products:
- lean meats,
- cereals: buckwheat, rice,
- boiled and fresh vegetables, except potatoes and onions,
- dairy products: cottage cheese, kefir, ryazhenka.
Vitamins and minerals are added to the dog's diet on natural food. Afghan hounds are suitable complexes for dogs with long hair: Astrapharm Farmavit NEO, Canvit, Veda Fitomina.
The Afghan Hound does not overeat, and there is no need to monitor the size of the portion of the animal. An adult dog is fed twice a day, a puppy from 1 to 2 months 5-6 times, from 2 to 4 months 4 times, from 4 to 8 3 times.
In the photo the standard color of the Afghan hound is light red, with a transition to dark on the muzzle, paws and paw tips.
Unusually looks black and white representative of the long-haired greyhound.
In the photo silver afghan. Due to its long and thick gray hair, the dog looks very attractive.
Irina: “Afghan Hound is one of the most capricious breeds. The dog is difficult to force to obey the owner. The dog is not aggressive, but does not like children and other animals, the cables may show aggression towards other dogs. ”
Anatoly: “Without constant care, the wool of the Afghan hound loses its attractiveness and is more like sticky icicles. For the care of animals will need to purchase various brushes, tools. And this is an additional cost to which people are not always ready. When buying a puppy, it’s worth a hundred times to think how much time and money you are willing to spend on a pet. ”
Sergei: “The breed is hunting and you shouldn’t try to turn an Afghan into a service dog. The dog will not execute commands, and it is difficult to teach him the simplest of them. Not every experienced breeder copes with the socialization of the breed. I do not recommend starting a long-haired greyhound for newbies. ”
The cost of the puppies of the Afghan hound with a pedigree in Russia starts at 20,000 p., In Ukraine you can buy a purebred pet for as low as 10,000 UAH. Puppies with an elite pedigree from titled parents are 150–200% more expensive.
It is possible to buy a puppy cheaper, but without documents, on the market or by online ads. It is hard to say whether a purebred dog will grow out of such a puppy.
Where to buy a puppy
Nurseries in Russia:
"Shou Gerat" branches in St. Petersburg and in Moscow - http://afghanna.narod.ru
The Afghan Hound is one of the most complex and capricious breeds. If you do not have experience in the training of hunting dogs, then start a puppy Afghan is not recommended. For an experienced and active person, the dog will become a reliable friend and bodyguard. But only under the condition of its early socialization.
Brief description of the Afghan Hound dog
- Other possible names: Afghan Hound, Afghan, Sage Baluchi, Afghan Shepherd, Baluchi Hound, Tazi, Bakhmul, Kabuli, Baluchi, Kabul greyhound, Barukzai.
- Adult growth: norm for a dog 68-74 cm, for females 63-69 cm.
- Weight: 23-27 kg.
- Characteristic color: Different colors are allowed except spotted and spotted. More common are any shades of brown.
- Wool length: the whole body is long and even, with a straight parting on the head, the hair along the spine is short and thick. Males have longer hair.
- Lifespan: 12-14 years.
- Breed advantages: cheerful, hardy, energetic, kind, good hunters.
- The complexity of the breed: timid, independent, often nervous and quick-tempered, difficult to bring up.
- Price: Afghan hound costs an average of $ 500 to $ 3000.
The origin of the breed
There are different versions of the origin of this breed, but nobody knows, even approximately when it originated. In the ancient papyrus, tapestries and rock paintings of Egypt, China, the countries of the Arabian Peninsula and other parts of the Middle East there are images of dogs with long and even hair that are very similar to the Afghan hound.
These drawings are dated to the II century BC. And during the archaeological excavations that were conducted on the territory of present-day Iran, they found images of shaggy dogs, painted on the walls of caves in the 10th century BC.
There is a version that these dogs got into the territory of Afghanistan along with the troops of the conquerors led by Alexander the Great. With its help, representatives of this breed were in India and Greece.
Another option says that merchants, who led their caravans along the Great Silk Road, contributed to the spread of the breed. There is also a biblical interpretation according to which Noah, collecting all the creatures in a pair on the ark, took these dogs with him.
From the first half of the 19th century, the royal dynasty of Barakzai ruling in Afghanistan (1826-1973) was closely involved in the breeding of Afghan hounds, which were used exclusively for hunting.
In Europe, they learned about the existence of such dogs after the end of the Anglo-Afghan wars in the middle of the XIX century.
The officers of the British army, returning home, took with them a few representatives of a breed still unfamiliar to Britain. The dogs, thanks to their outstanding appearance, quickly gained favor with the local aristocrats.
The wide distribution of dogs of this breed began with the founding of the British Major Empms in 1919 in Kabul kennel.
In 1925, the first standard of the Afghan hound was adopted in Great Britain, which was changed to a more modern one in 1946. In 1946, the final version of the breed standard was proposed, which only on June 24, 1987 was approved by the General Assembly of the FCI, assembled in Jerusalem.
For a long time, the main and only purpose of the Afghan hounds was hunting. On the Internet, it is often possible to find false information about their guarding or herding qualities. But these dogs were never used for these purposes, since by nature they are a bit cowardly.
But perfectly cope with their main task. Developing speeds of up to 60 km / h from time to time, these greyhounds easily pursued and pounded deer, wolves, jackals, gazelles, mountain goats and even snow leopards. And in the hunt for small game, such as foxes and hares, they practically had no equal. These qualities of dogs are still used in some countries of the East.
Now the Afghan hounds are purchased mainly for exhibitions and sporting events. As a pet and companion, those who are fond of cycling or jogging more often give birth. The content of Afghans as decorative dogs is also common.
Description of the Afghan Hound breed
it enough wayward dogs. The period of maturation and character development in them lasts until the age of three. And at this time it is necessary to closely engage in her upbringing, which is not very easy to do. After proper training, they become more accommodating and balanced. This breed not recommended dog breeders without a good experience.
Afghan hounds by nature timid, fearful, with a little unstable psyche. For this reason, they are not very recommended for families with small children. Dogs have a negative attitude to harsh and loud sounds and, frightened, may show aggression and inadequate behavior. It is better not to leave the child alone with the dog and closely monitor their games.
At the sight of small domestic animals in Afghanistan, a hunter wakes up, and he begins to chase and catch them.
In appearance it may seem that this breed does not differ in mind. But the whole thing in her vanity and ability to manipulate.
People are treated friendly, but with arrogance inherent in them, which is clearly expressed in a haughty look. Often, they choose for themselves two equally important hosts, whom they equally faithfully serve, expecting in return from them a display of kindness and affection, which they greatly need. But at the same time Afghan hounds always remain proud and independent.
How to choose a puppy
All the little puppies of the Afghan hound look, at first glance, not very decent and awkward.They are covered with short hair, and at times it seems that even a little peeled off. By three months (they do not recommend taking a pet before), a thicker, wavy coat grows from puppies, and they become completely independent.
At this age, some possible hereditary or acquired problems that you may not notice may already be noticeable. therefore better turn for help to an independent dog handler specializing in this breed.
If you still decide to make a choice yourself, then take a good look at the puppies. They must have smooth paws and a coat with a healthy gloss. Choosing between several puppies, take one that is not afraid of you and is trying to play with you. Without fail check documents on mother and puppy. They should not have any disqualifying marks.
For the Afghan hound most nicknames that will emphasize its speed, agility and endurance. You can also name the independence, pride, beauty and aristocracy of the breed. Try hard pick up a simple, sonorous nickname, which the dog will easily remember, and you pronounce.
All puppies born in the same litter have a common first letter. She will tell you where you will get a puppy: from the breeder or in the nursery.
For example, male dogs can be called: Anchar, Nayan, Yakhont, Arcel, Tuman, Valdai, Sayan and others.
For bitches are suitable: Divna, Nega, Bassi, Dersi, Jasper, Konica, etc.
Possible health problems
Since the Afghan hound was turned from working to a pampered, aristocratic breed, it fairly began to weaken its immunity. In addition, dogs of this breed have a predisposition to eye diseases (cataract and retinal dystrophy), thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and heart (expanded cardiomyopathy).
Demodicosis can develop from inappropriate care of hair and skin. Often there are: hereditary myelopathy, depigmentation of the nose and congenital chylothorax. Like other breeds of large dogs, the Afghan hound is prone to turning intestines (bloating). Dogs of this breed have weak joints, so up to six months, avoid stresses on the paws.
To avoid possible problems with the health of the pet, it is necessary to observe hygiene and diet, to carry out prophylaxis against worms, and also to vaccinate in time.
Eating puppy and adult dog
Meals should be optimally balanced. The easiest way to cope with this task is to buy ready-made dry and semi-dry food. Choosing it, you need to not only look at the brand and price, but also the composition and purpose.
For the growing body of the puppy will not fit food that is intended for an adult dog or pregnant bitch. The package shows the recommended amount of food, but in practice the dog eats less. Therefore, adapt to the appetite of the animal, trying do not overfeed.
If you decide that you will feed your pet natural home-made food, then there are recommendations. First of all, the dog needs protein, which should be 20-30℅ of the total volume. It can be lean meat, which can be alternated with sea fish, chicken, turkey, or hard-boiled eggs.
Also need carbohydrates, which are in cereals. It is useful to give fresh vegetables. From fruit dogs most prefer apples. Make sure your pet always has fresh water.
After feeding, remove the bowl, even if the dog has not eaten. And try feed at the same time. Puppies up to 4 months are fed 5 times, up to 6-4 times, up to 8-9 months 3 times, and from a year, like an adult dog, 2 times a day.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Afghan Hound breed
Afghan hounds called kings among dogs. This is manifested in appearance and behavior. Beautiful and unusual Afghans emphasize superiority and their temper. Proud and wayward dogs, with a pronounced superiority in their eyes, nevertheless, are in great need, as befits an aristocratic person, in praise and affection.
They are cheerful, very energetic and hardy. They require long and active walks. In assertiveness and dexterity can surpass many representatives of other breeds.
At the same time, the Afghan greyhounds are somewhat shy, and attacks of aggression can act as a defensive reaction to harsh and loud noise. In a relaxed atmosphere, they are kind and cheerful.
Long and showy wool requires careful care. Difficult to train. But, by showing patience and perseverance in this difficult task, you can enjoy the gentle and refined disposition of your noble pet.
When they turned on the Afghan hound, they did not fully take into account all the qualities of the breed. Though they walked for a long time, this was often not enough, and when coming home, she continued to rush around the apartment. They gave them to friends who live in their home, and realized that she was better off there. More space and space. With upbringing, we suffered, and sometimes there was not enough restraint and patience. Affected by the fact that there was no experience in training dogs.
Undoubtedly, this breed captivates with its graceful appearance. But you need constant grooming.
Our daughter got along well and played, really under our control. In general, the dog is restrained and calm. One of the advantages that rarely barks.
Our Afghan Jesin was taken from the nursery with excellent pedigree. We regularly win prizes at exhibitions. True preparation for them require a lot of effort and material costs. We constantly use the services of a groomer, which makes it a little easier to care for their chic wool.
It gets along well with all family members, especially with a child. Temperament certainly wants the best. There are also many difficulties in training, which this breed does not respond well to. But in general, calm, kind and spectacular breed.
How did the breed
Archaeologists have discovered drawings in Iran depicting dogs that look like an Afghan hound, dating back to the 11th century BC. Later, on the lands of Afghanistan, images of this dog were found, but later - II century BC.
These findings were the prerequisite for the name of the breed, although it was historically confirmed that this country is not the birthplace of the Afghan hound. However, it was in her that these dogs were very much appreciated and were actively engaged in breeding and maintaining the breed.
Until now, the people of Afghanistan refer this breed to the symbols of the state. For a long time in the country there was a ban on the export and sale of greyhounds. It was possible to receive such a pet only as a gift.
Hunters, already at the beginning of the formation of the breed, developed in their pets the most important hunting quality - speed. But, even considering that the greyhounds are naturally inclined to hunt and sport races, it took more than a century to improve this property.
Afghan hounds participated in the hunt for the most different game, from hares to wolves. Their endurance and inexpressible strength was enough not only for pursuit, but also long retention of prey. The dogs, moreover, coped perfectly with the role, of guards, guarded the dwelling, cattle, and the local aristocracy had personal body guard.
An important difference of the breed is that only the Afghan hound is considered by Muslims to be “clean”, while the rest of the dogs are not valued by representatives of this religious denomination.
Dogs got to European countries along with English officers who were returning home from the borders of Afghanistan and India.
The 1st breed lovers club was registered in 1926 in England. A little later, they were recognized as dog breeders of America. The perfection of external qualities, an excellent gene pool and excellent adaptation qualities allowed the Afghans almost immediately to have confirmed standards.
Today, the Afghan hound has gained world fame, primarily because of its non-standard, attractive appearance, dedication to the owner and refined manners. Perhaps this dog more often adorns the covers of magazines.
The unique character of Afghan hounds
Appearance in representatives of this breed is 100% aristocratic, to match his style and manners. However, the nature of their, oh, what, difficult. They are very difficult to educate, often for a full socialization of the pet takes more than one year. And the fault of all their natural qualities - stubbornness and nearness.
But owners may have difficulties not only in learning. Afghans are characterized by increased activity, and, given the size, they can not be left with a small child. No, they do not show aggression, but they can drop, push, offend a child inadvertently.
Greyhounds find it difficult to get used to other pets, unless their growing up together. In addition, we should not forget about their highly developed hunting instincts. Cats, rodents, ferrets and other greyhound will be perceived only as prey.
Such an overly active pet is not suitable for people who are often absent from home and do not lead a moving rhythm of life.
See more greyhound dog breeds.
Features of learning Afghans
Before the stubbornness of these dogs, sometimes even professionals retreat. Most often, it is not possible to achieve complete obedience and obedience from the dog. But the fault in this is at the genetic level - the hunters who develop the breed demanded only one thing from them - to catch the prey completely, ignoring the educational moments. The animal did not need a sharp mind, developed thinking, so the result was achieved solely at the expense of speed.
To master the animals of complex commands and tasks definitely need the help of dog handlers. Therefore, do not waste time and nerves on self-study.
But to instill the basics of behavior so that coexistence with a person does not cause discomfort on both sides, it is possible with the help of the owner. But even the standard commands “To me”, “Sit!”, “Fu!” And others will require long and monotonous repetitions and further consolidation. You need to be prepared for the fact that in certain situations the animal can even defiantly ignore its own nickname!
Care and conditions
The main care activities are as follows:
- cleansing the ears and eyes with moistened cotton pads; special veterinary lotions can be used as a liquid,
- everyday long walk,
- weekly bathing with the use of detergents for long-haired breeds,
- frequent combing of the coat by various devices.
The Afghan hound will look like an animal from glossy editions only if you spend a lot of time on it, spend decent amounts of money on funds for grooming. And after bathing, thorough blow-drying is obligatory. To keep the coat fresh and clean longer, it is recommended to remove dirt and dust with a brush after each walk.
With regard to nutrition, then this issue is much easier. Greyhounds require a balanced fortified diet. Fried, fatty, spicy foods should be completely removed from the dogs menu. In addition, they should not be given sweets, smoked foods, as well as food containing artificial food additives.
Photo - Dog breed Afghan hound
Despite the animal's need for intense loads, the best housing for it is an apartment or a house, where the greyhound will always be near the owner. In addition, her gorgeous wool will not look so attractive after living in captive conditions.
Historically, the Afghan hounds lived side by side with a man, so they need constant communication. Without a cozy home and the attention of the owners, the pet will feel discomfort.
An adult dog will definitely choose a master's furniture as a resting place. And in most cases, the owners, tired of the long struggle, give up, securing this right for the pet.
But despite this fact, the dog must have its own angle. They are sent here when fatigue from undue attention arises, the need for a long, deep sleep. The place should be comfortable, away from drafts, heating devices and prying eyes. The bed must be of a suitable size and preferably with an orthopedic base.
So that the greyhound does not miss and entertain itself by sharpening teeth on furniture, shoes and interior items, it needs a large number of toys.
It will be interesting:
Fortunately for the future owners, Afghans have excellent health. Among the propensities for disease are cataract, insufficient fermentation, hip dysplasia and thyroid hormone deficiency. To reduce the risks of such illnesses, it is necessary, when acquiring a pet, to learn about the diseases of its parents.
Greyhounds have a very low pain threshold, so even a minor wound can give them a lot of anguish. It is important to promptly treat any skin lesions. Representatives of this breed are extremely difficult to tolerate anesthesia, therefore, if possible, it is better to do without this extreme measure.
Photo Afghan hound
Afghan hound belongs to the breeds of the average price category. You can buy a puppy from private sellers for 15000-18000 rubles, both with and without pedigree.
If you buy in special nurseries, the price of puppies varies from 25,000 to 40,000 rubles. By the way, in Russia there are not very many nurseries engaged in breeding this breed.
At breeders with a famous name a puppy of the Afghan hound will cost at least 45,000-50000 rubles. The magnificent representative of the breed, the future champion and successor of the clan, can cost as much as 80,000-100,000 rubles.
But whatever the dog, he is, first of all, the favorite of the family, which is accepted, despite its shortcomings, and with gratitude appreciate dignity. Difficult temper is more than repaid by boundless devotion and love.
Afghan Hound Description
The overall impression of a dog is a demonstration of strength and dignity, combined with speed and power. Proud head landing provides maximum visibility of the terrain on which the field work is conducted. The Afghan hounds are well expressed reformism. Extreme values of height standards at withers and weights for males are 68-75 cm and 27 kg, for bitches - 63-69 cm and 23 kg.
Breed standards, appearance
The breed standard is developed by the FCI canine organization and imposes the following requirements on the exterior.
- The head is wedge-shaped, with a rounded skull. The frontal part is flat, moderately wide. A well-developed occipital protuberance is not visible due to the intense coat in this area. The front part of the head from the eyes to the tip of the nose (gable) is elongated. The transition from the forehead to the gable is smooth.
- Nose with a straight and often narrow back, although its average width is allowed. Nose is preferred black, in individuals with a light coat color, liver gamma is acceptable.
- Jaws strong, with a full set of teeth and a scissor bite. Lips without hugs, tight to the jaws, the mucosa of the gums has a dark pigmentation.
- The almond-shaped eyes, brown or dark brown, set wide apart and at a slight angle, say the golden color of the cornea. More massive than the lower upper eyelid is involved in facial expressions. For the Afghan hounds, they are characterized by a sliding glance, not concentrating on the object in question, with a detached and independent expression.
- Ears with a low and wide set, thin and soft cartilaginous tissue, long, hanging, tight to the head, outside covered with a long, silky adorning coat.
- The neck is long, with an elegant curve of the line, the neck is muscular, without dewlap.
- The trunk is elongated, strong, with strong muscles. The format index (the ratio of the length of the body to the height at the withers) is 102-104 for females, 100-102 for males. Chest good depth, oval. Ilium bones wide apart. The back is of moderate length, straight, slightly sloping towards the bottom. Withers perfectly expressed. The loin is short, straight, wide. Belly tucked up slightly.
- The forelegs are long, straight, muscular, well laid back, with elbow joints pressed to the chest, turned neither in nor out.
- The hind limbs are powerful, even, with pronounced angles of the bend of the joints, set parallel and slightly wider than the front, their length is commensurate with the proportions of the body.
- The paws of a round or oval shape are densely assembled, with elastic pads and arched toes, covered with thick hair. Metacarpal long, springy joints. Front feet significantly larger than the hind. With polydactyly, dewclaws are usually removed.
- Whiptail planted low, sparsely dressed with stiff guard hair. Wide at the base, tapers to the tip, twisting into a ring, raised when moving.
The texture of wool and the nature of its distribution on the face and body and legs of the Afghan hound are very peculiar.. In the direction from the forehead to the back of the head, the silky long strands form a top note, which, disintegrating into a parting, is mixed with slightly wavy hair covering the ears. For the gable and the areas around the eyes, a short hair coat, tight to the skin, is typical. In adult dogs, along the saddle on the back, the coat is short, thick, and darker than the main coat.
It is interesting! The ribs, sides, fore and hind limbs are covered with thin long strands. На грудине и очёсах образуются мягкие и лёгкие ниспадающие локоны.
Стандарт не ограничивает окрас афганской борзой и считает приемлемой разнообразную гамму. Чаще всего встречаются цвета и оттенки:
- чёрный с подпалинами.
Two- and three-color combinations are possible. Ideally even solid and brindle color - an exceptional rarity. The dark mask on the face and the longitudinal belt on the back are desirable (requirements do not apply to black, white and black individuals with tan colors).
Representatives of native breed lines have good health and strong immunity to resist various diseases. With the proper level of maintenance and care, the Afghan greyhounds of natural breed live 14 years or more. Decorative-exhibition dogs are quite emaciated, have a weaker constitution, are prone to genetically inherited ailments and, in addition to them, are often vulnerable to other diseases. The deadline for their lives is 12-14 years.
Keeping afghan hound home
More and more often, Afghan hounds are acquired as a “sofa” dog, decorating the interior, or as an expensive live accessory, effectively strolling on a leash next to the owner. However, the maintenance of these animals in cramped urban apartments suppresses their persistently energetic temperament, which manifests itself in rapid racing, powerful jumps and throws, active movements. Afghan is not suitable and life in an open area near the house. For her, the two-meter fence will not be an obstacle, and if the dog fails to go “on horseback”, it will easily make a tunnel in order to get out of limited space in the absence of supervision.
Important! It is necessary to ensure that dogs do not overheat: in order to avoid heat stroke in hot weather, it is better to be in the shade, and the duration of walks should be reduced to 15-20 minutes.
Ideal conditions for the Afghan hound - a country house with the possibility of equipment in the courtyard of a covered aviary, where the dog could spend the daytime. The task of the owner - in addition to the vast territory and shelter to provide your pet with sufficient movement mode and walks: no less than half-hour in the morning, sentries - in the evening. To qualify for success and victory in competitions, the greyhound must be in excellent shape. The loads necessary to achieve this are quite commensurate with the physical efforts that an Afghan woman makes during the hunt for a free beast.
A great meadow or field away from highways and pedestrian roads is an excellent choice for training. A slightly sloping or hilly terrain is preferred. A small amount of vegetation is allowed if it does not pose a danger to the dog.
In such areas, to improve training, you can place some simple obstacles or use already existing natural ones: they should be clearly visible to the dog from a minimum distance of 30 m, especially if these are trenches and rovers. Performing imitation chase exercises (kursing) and walking with the ability to run will provide the pet with the necessary load intensity to maintain physical and mental health.
Care and hygiene
The main activities for the care of Afghan hounds:
- regular combing wool
- constant inspection and purification of the internal surface of the ears,
- brushing off dust and dirt from the coat after each walk;
- bathing every three weeks using special shampoos, conditioning and texturizing agents for long-haired dogs.
The main attention, of course, is paid to combing the luxurious coat of a dog: a greyhound, which is cared for only occasionally, hastily, not only will not meet the exhibition requirements, but simply will not be able to maintain a decent home “outfit”. This time-consuming daily process should teach your pet from childhood.
Important! Show-class Afghan greyhounds are exhibited in natural form in accordance with the requirements of the standard: they do not cut and trim, apply only light grooming to emphasize the silhouette lines.
The procedure should be carried out both in the rack to ensure normal daily care, and in the prone position to study hard-to-reach areas where the wool is easily knitted. Usually, the hairs are tangled almost at the very surface of the skin, intertwining even more and forming tangles during the superficial combing.
Therefore, the main rule for grooming is to comb the hair from the base of the hairs to the ends against the line of their growth. During a molt, the dog is carefully combed several times a day with a comb, puhoderka, brush, furminator. To simplify the care, some owners of dog hair are braided in braids or plaits. For walks in slushy and rainy weather it is recommended to wear the ward in a waterproof jumpsuit.
What to feed the dog
Each owner must independently determine which dog's food system - natural or ready (with a predominance of dry croquet) feed - he will adhere to. But whatever the choice, the main rule should be followed. The ration of the Afghan hound must contain the highest energy protein food with a small amount of carbohydrates..
Stati fattened dogs do not meet the requirements of the breed standard. In addition, overweight provokes the development of serious diseases in the Afghan hound - violations of metabolic processes and disruptions of the hormonal system.
From natural products they are recommended fresh meat (veal, horse meat), natural dairy products, not containing sugar, vegetables, vegetable oil.
It is interesting! The frequency of feedings per day and the amount of food per serving depends on the age, weight and physiological status of the dog.
Raw carrots should be present in the menu and kids, and adult dogs. For puppies, this is a source of coarse fiber that stimulates the bowels. A show carrot to replace the bone, which can be nibble without damage to the wool, forming a charming "slippers" on the front limbs. Good effect on the density and structure of wool, which is extremely important for Afghans, a sufficient content in the diet of lard or essential fatty acids.
Diseases and breed defects
The specificity of the physiology and the breed's characteristic working skills determine the range of diseases to which the Afghan hounds are most susceptible.
- The cause of the bowel or stomach torsion is the weakening of the ligaments that support the internal organs. The development of the disease is unpredictable and requires urgent surgical intervention. A preventive measure is to feed the pet only after a walk and other manifestations of physical activity.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a pathological change in the walls of the heart, leading to heart failure and arterial thromboembolism. Prevention of the disease is in compliance with the conditions of detention and the correct formation of the motor mode and physical activity.
- Chylothorax - constant accumulation in the pleural cavity of chyle, lymph with a high content of fat. For Afghans, the ailment is congenital or develops as a result of age-related changes. Treatment is only operative.
- Dermatological diseases - a consequence of the neglect of grooming, when the wool forms mats, which provokes the development of weeping dermatitis, eczema, demodicosis.
- Myelopathy is a lesion of the spinal cord, difficult to diagnose and poorly treatable congenital or acquired pathology.
- Hypothyroidism - disorders of the thyroid gland. Therapy is prescribed in each case individually and involves the use of hormones.
- Ophthalmic diseases characteristic of large dogs - cataract and retinal dystrophy. The occurrence of the disease is impossible to predict, in the clinical course the disease can only be partially stopped.
Distinctive feature of Afghan hounds - low pain threshold. Therefore, even minor injuries and damages cause them genuine suffering, discomfort, and require immediate therapeutic resolution of the problem.
Upbringing and training
The main use of Afghan hounds is based on the use of qualities of hunting dogs, capable of independently calculating the behavior of the beast.
The occasional opinion about the lack of intelligence and the inability of the Afghan hounds to learn is nothing more than the point of view of an ignorant person. Afghan women are not just very smart. Their cunning, coupled with stubbornness, make dogs real manipulators, resorting to various tricks in order not to carry out a command that they don’t like or motivated.
It is interesting! The whole hunting potential of the Afghans is revealed in the pair work of different-sex animals: usually the bitch confuses and brings the beast to the circle, and the dog seeks the opportunity to attack the victim and take it in place. This exciting spectacle clearly demonstrates the extraordinary ability to work at speed, excellent response, agility and power of the Afghans.
Therefore, the main mistake that owners make when learning is to choose the wrong approach to the principles of education: rudeness, physical punishment, humiliation of an animal will never bring positive results.
It should also be understood that training is a continuous, cyclical process: a dog that has passed the course of early childhood education at the age of 6–10 months will have to repeat it upon reaching 2.5–3 years old. In this case, the usual method of training, which does not provide for the correction of some deviations in the behavior of the dog (for example, refusal to work without a leash, disobedience when performing standard commands), is not suitable for the Afghan hound.
Competent dog experts recommend that the owners of Afghans use, for example, the techniques offered by the V. Varlakov training system. Due to significant difficulties in care, difficulties in educational work, the breed is not suitable for beginners, as well as people who do not have enough time to ensure proper maintenance of the dog.
Buy Afghan Hound puppy
The cost of the Afghan Hound puppies depends on the purpose of the acquisition, the breed line they represent, and the quality class. For example, an aboriginal puppy with the prospect of using it for field work can cost from $ 300 to $ 1000, the starting price of a show-class baby is $ 700– $ 800.
On average, buying a puppy from a pedigree kennel costs $ 500- $ 800. Breeders who specialize in breeding greyhounds from purebred elite-class producers sell their graduates at prices ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 2,000.
What to look for
The correct choice of a puppy should not be based on the purely visual impressions of the future owner, especially the incompetent novice. Breed traits in Afghan hounds are forming rather slowly. A baby is born weighing no more than 500 g, with short hair, a long bare tail, flattened muzzle.
At the age of 3 months - this is one solid legs, funny brushes on the emerging gable and not the slightest hint of the amazing grace of the parents. Over time, the baby's coat will bloom, and it is not always possible to say with confidence what color the adult dog will have. Only in appearance it is difficult to determine exactly how the puppy will be on whom hopes are pinned.
Important! Should heed the advice and recommendations of the breeder or dog handler.
It is best to buy a pet from a breeder with an excellent reputation, specializing in the breeding of Afghan hounds. This ensures the acquisition of a purebred animal with good health. The main criteria that the buyer can assess independently when choosing a puppy:
- eyes, already in childhood, having the correct color and the characteristic "eastern mysteriousness" of an unfocused gaze,
- wide set ears
- strong and large paws,
- the presence of white spots on the face, indicating insufficient breed purity,
- the degree of activity, liveliness and inquisitiveness of a puppy, the nature of its reaction to a stranger.
History of breed Afghan Hound
Greyhounds are one of the most recognizable and ancient breeds, and for some markers in genetic tests, Afghan hound very little different from the wolf and a relative of the ancient dog Saluki.
Modern thoroughbred Afghans keep their ancestry from dogs brought to the UK from Afghanistan in the 1920s, and they were collected all over the country and in nearby countries, where they served as a hunting and guard dog.
But that was before this - a mystery, since there is no evidence that they originated from Afghanistan, although in the literature and the Internet about this many opinions. It was the British who gave her this name, but it is much more widespread. Only indirectly, by analyzing dogs similar in type from the same countries, can one assume the place of birth of the dog. Its local name Tāžī Spay or Sag-e Tāzī very similar in pronunciation to another type of dog living on the shores of the Caspian Sea - Tasy. Other breeds that look like Afghani are Taigan from Tien Shan, and barzay or Kuuramsky greyhound.
In Afghanistan itself, there is at least 13 types of these dogs, and some of them became the prototype of modern Afghans. Due to the fact that the life of the peoples has changed, the need for these dogs has disappeared and some of them have already disappeared. It is possible that in the past there were even more types.
The modern history of the breed is closely related to the first shows, when various types of dogs began to fall into England in the eighteenth century. English officers were returning from British India, Afghanistan and Persia, brought with them exotic dogs and cats, and demonstrated them at trade shows and shows. In those days there was still no single name, and as they just did not call.
In 1907, Captain Bariff, brought a dog from Zardin (Zardin) from India, it was considered when writing the first breed standard in 1912, but dilution was interrupted First World War. Both the First and Second World War strongly influenced the breed, and slowed down the pace of its development, but could not be stopped.
In Europe, there were two kennels of Afghan hounds: Major Bell-Murray and Jean C. Manson bred them in Scotland in 1920. These dogs belonged to the plain type and were originally from Pakistan, were covered with medium-sized wool. The second kennel belonged to Miss Marie Empes (Mary Amps) and was called Ghazni, these dogs were from Kabul and arrived in England in 1925. She and her husband came to Kabul after the Afghan war (1919), and the dogs they brought belonged to the mountain type and differed thicker and longer hair and resembled Zardin. There was competition between kennels, and the dogs were quite different and there was a long debate about which type was suitable for the standard.
Most of the Afghan greyhounds in the United States were obtained from the Ghazni kennel, and then came to Australia in 1934. But with time mountain and steppe type mixed and merged into the modern Afghan hound, the standard for which was rewritten in 1948 and has not changed to this day.
Amazing beauty made them popular around the world and they are recognized by all the leading clubs. Although they are no longer used in the hunt, periodically the Afghans participate in the course of field trials with a bait imitating a beast.
Standard breed Afghan hound
Breed classification: Group 10. Borzye. Section 1. Long-haired greyhounds or greyhounds with dangling hair.
- Nose: the lobe is black, in light dogs it may be brown.
- Jaws: impressive, with a scissor or straight bite.
- Teeth: complete, strong.
- Muzzle: with a slight bend.
Slightly obliquely set, almost triangular in shape, dark or golden in color.
Planted low, hanging, wide at the base, tight to the head, completely covered with silky and long hair.
- Withers: high.
- Back: moderate in length, well muscled.
- Loins: wide, straight and relatively short.
- Croup: slightly lowered towards the tail.
- Chest: rather deep with well curved ribs, wide in front, but not barrel-shaped.
- Neck: strong, long, high set.
Set low, not too short, with a ring at the end, covered with sparse hair. When moving, held in a raised position.
- Shoulder blades: inclined, long, with good muscles, but not heavy.
- Forearm: bony and straight. Viewed from the front, they line up with the shoulder blades.
- Pastern: long, inclined, springy.
- Elbows: tightly against the chest.
- Back: strong.
- Maklaki: widely spaced.
- Hocks: sheer.
- Hind limbs: with well-defined articulations and strong muscles. The distance from the hip to the knee joint is greater than from the knee to the paw.
Front feet: large and powerful, both in width and in length, all in long thick hair. Fingers are bent, pads tightly in contact with the ground.
- Hind feet: Long, but slightly already front, covered with thick and long hair.
Movement is very typical for the Afghan hound: flexible, smooth, soft, loose, springy
The coat is thin and long on the sides, chest and limbs. In adults, from the withers to the tail, the hair is thick and short throughout the spine. On the forehead wool is in the form of silky strands, and on the front of the head of the dog the wool is much shorter. On the ears and paws the coat is very long and thick. On the metacarpus may be short hair.
Any colors are allowed.
Height: 63–74 cm
Weight: 20–30 kg
The disadvantages of dogs of the Afghan breed include:
- rough, heavy addition,
- head too wide
- короткая морда,
- слабо развитые челюсти,
- крупные, круглые глаза,
- короткая, толстая шея,
- back too long or too short.
Afghan Hound Eating
Proper feeding of the Afghan hound is a guarantee of her well-being and good health.
- up to 4 months a puppy should be fed 5 times a day,
- up to 6 months - 4 times
- from 6 months to 1 year, the daily rate is three meals a day,
- An adult dog older than one year is recommended to feed 2 times a day.
The composition of the pet's ration is determined by each owner independently. The main rule in this case is to comply with a sufficient amount of protein in the food of the dog. In order to make this task easier for you, you can use special tables to help you create the right diet for your pet. You can find them in various directories of dog breeding, as well as on the Internet on the relevant resources.
Disputes about what is better - dry food or natural products - have been conducted among experts for many years. The owner of the greyhound can choose any of these methods.
- Dry feeding allows the owner to save his time and is a kind of prevention of tartar in the dog, natural nutrition provides the pet with plenty of nutrients and vitamins. However, each of the options is acceptable. In the case of choosing a dry feed, preference should be given exclusively to top grade feeds.
- With a different composition of the diet It is recommended that the puppy be given cottage cheese and milk as a source of calcium, as well as yolk from eggs, fish and meat. The latter can be any, with the exception of pork. It is necessary to add fresh vegetables and various cereals from cereals to the diet of an adult dog. The volume of servings should vary depending on the weight of the pet.
- bakery products,
Care for the Afghan Hound and keeping dogs
A beautiful, well-groomed Afghan hound, this is an impressive sight, especially when she runs and her long hair develops. In addition to the length, the wool is also distinguished by its silkiness, delicacy and is similar to human hair. She has bangs on her head, and long hair covers the whole body, including ears and paws.
- It is easy to guess that the care of this wool can not be simple and correct grooming it's all for your dog. Long and thin, the wool tends to stray into mats, and needs regular (preferably daily) combing and frequent bathing. Many owners prefer to use the services of professionals, as caring for a dog requires skill and time, although if there is a desire to learn, it is possible.
- Check ears greyhound weekly and clean them with a cotton swab. If the Afghan has an unpleasant smell from the ear, you can see redness or shakes your head with dogs and scratches your ear, then this is a sign of infection and you need to go to the vet.
- Trim claws you need once or twice a month, unless they are grinding themselves. If you hear them clicking on the floor, they are too long. Short, well-groomed claws do not interfere with the dog and save you from scratching if your dogs start to jump on you with enthusiasm.
Afghan Hound vaccinations
Vaccination is carried out from the following diseases:
- plague of carnivores or distemper,
- parvovirus enteritis - the pathogen parvovirus,
- infectious hepatitis - hepadnavirus pathogen,
- The first vaccination is performed in 1.5–2 months
- second - after 2 weeks,
- the third - in 6 months, the fourth - in a year.
- Subsequent vaccination is carried out at intervals of 12 months throughout the life of the animal.
How to vaccinate a puppy?
Before vaccination, he should examine the dog, measure its body temperature, and only if everything is normal, conduct an injection. Vaccination is put either in the neck or in the thigh of the dog. The entire composition of the affixed vaccinations by a veterinarian must enroll in a dog's passport. It also indicates the date of vaccination, then the owner himself will know the expected date of the next vaccination.
Diseases of the Afghan hounds, symptoms and treatment
The ancient gene pool and aboriginal origin gave the Afghan Hound strong immunity, however even the most healthy representatives of the breed live 8–12 years. With proper care and timely vaccination, dogs are not prone to colds or viral diseases. The diseases that can be called intrinsic to the breed are related to the working skills of the Afghans and the specifics of their physiology:
- Inversion of the intestine or stomach - occurs due to the weakening of the ligaments that support the organs. Most often, the development of the disease is impossible to predict. If bloat happened, the dog needs emergency care from a veterinarian. Statistically, most dogs can be saved by performing an urgent operation. As a preventive measure, Afgan is fed after a walk.
- Cardiomyopathy - a modification of the walls of the heart, most often, myocardium. The development of the disease is associated with constant loads. Prevention is in compliance with the rules of maintenance and regulation of physical activity.
- Chylothorax - filling the pleural cavity with fluid consisting of lymph and fat. Afganov disease is congenital or senile, but the development of the disease is not excluded at any age. Treatment requires surgery.
- Skin diseases - Afgan’s unkempt hair is knocked off into mats, which subsequently damages the skin and leads to the development of dermatitis, eczema, and demodicosis. All diseases are curable, under the prevention understand the proper feeding, proper care for wool (animals not participating in exhibitions are sheared).
- Myelopathy is a congenital or acquired pathology associated with a lesion of the spinal cord. As practice shows, early diagnosis is very difficult, and at a progressive stage, the disease is stopped only for a while. Disruption of the hormonal system - most often, hypothyroidism (deviation in the thyroid gland). Individual treatment, involves the use of hormonal drugs.
- Eye diseases - cataract and retinal degeneration. The illnesses peculiar to all large service dogs. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict the development of the disease, and at the developing stage, the ailment is stopped only partially.
Knitting Afghan hounds
- The first mating of a bitch is made on the third heat. By this time she reaches the age of one and a half.
- The first mating must be done no later than four years of age of the animal.
- Male for the first time knit, as a rule, upon reaching 2 years.
- The Afghan Hound bitch is ready to mate until the age of seven or eight.
- Further mating is dangerous for the dog's life. Males are knitted throughout life.
- In females, it is advisable to mate preferably no more than once a year.
It is very important to correctly calculate the period when a greyhound can happen. Standard Days - 10–12th day from the start of estrus - do not always help, it is much more important to determine the bitch’s readiness for fertilization. When stroking and pressing lightly on the sacrum, the bitch begins to crouch slightly and fold back the tail either to the side or up. This is a sign of readiness.
Also, many owners unnecessarily rush the process, especially if you had to go to a mating in another city. It will be much more productive to give pre-dogs a better acquaintance, go through the whole process of grooming, and dogs may have their own preferences and dislikes.
Pregnancy Afghan hounds and childbirth
Pregnancy of dogs lasts from 60 to 72 days, the first signs begin to appear in the second half of this period. The bitch has an enlarged abdomen, nipples, it becomes less active. From now on, the female should be transferred to fractional feeding. Feed her 4 times a day. Approximately 5 days before delivery, it is recommended to remove meat from the diet of the animal. Prepare a place for the dog and cover it with sheets.
In the process of giving birth will need:
- clean rags,
- cardboard box.
The owner must be near the cattery and assist. Therefore, beware if you notice characteristic signs of labor:
- Before contractions, the dog appears mucous discharge.
- Restless behavior of the animal and increase in body temperature (normal + 39 ° С).
- At the beginning of the process, the intervals between contractions can be several hours. Gradually, they are reduced. Together with contractions begin the attempts. The dog can take any position.
Host action reduced to these aspects:
- After the waters discharge, the attempts begin to alternate rhythmically with contractions.
- Then a puppy appears. If this does not occur within 3 hours after the water has withdrawn, contact your veterinarian for help.
- First of all, you need to break the amniotic bubble and wipe the baby's face with a napkin.
- Next, pulling the umbilical cord, remove the placenta, clamp the umbilical cord and cut it, moving 2 cm from the puppy's abdomen.
- Give the kid to the dog. It must suck in colostrum, which is released within a few hours after birth and contains many nutrients.
- When the next puppy of the first baby appears, put it in the box, otherwise the dog may accidentally damage it.
- After each puppy should go out.
Different questions on the Afghan Hound breed
Is it difficult to care for the Afghan Hound's fur?
Yes, grooming afghan is not an easy job. They need weekly bathing and combingso that the elegant fur coat does not turn into a dirty felted wool ball. The coat is formed naturally. Afghan puppies do not justify the expectations of the new owners, as they are completely different from adult dogs covered with long hair. Puppies are born smooth-haired and only after a year they gradually acquire their gorgeous appearance. At this age puppy coat is beginning to be replaced by adult wool. Sometimes this process goes up to 3 years.
At this time, care for the puppy becomes for its owner just a nightmare, because the growing wool is dumped in the most merciless way. Some owners refuse to fight and just cut the dog. Adult Afghans molt in spring and autumn, unsterilized bitches change wool every season.
Diligent breeders will always explain to new owners the importance of grooming and give lessons on this skill. If you run the dog's hair, then she will have skin diseases, abscesses, and parasites will start. So thorough care is extremely important.
Russian hunting sighthound
A calm and restrained, always self-confident greyhound can act as a dangerous opponent in a fight, because under her appearance lies strength and courage. Despite its hunting essence, this extraordinary representative of the greyhound can be a devoted member of the family. Absolutely not annoying, she can spend hours not moving from the place allotted to her, without requiring any attention to herself. Somewhat shy in the presence of strangers, she rarely shows aggressiveness. Sensitive and loving when she is petted, the greyhound is at the same time distinguished by aristocratic restraint. With all its meekness and peace of mind, the greyhound remains a hunter in the soul, and therefore in those places where the game is found it must be kept under control, since if the greyhound starts chasing it, this can turn out to be the most unpredictable consequences. If you decide to buy a greyhound, think whether you can spend with her all the time.
Afghan Hound Clothing
Clothing not only helps to preserve her health, but also gives the dog the opportunity to fully enjoy the walk. And any owner will be pleased to lead a dog on a leash, to which many people pay attention. The main thing when choosing clothes is not to forget to select not only beautiful and warm models, but also the most comfortable ones.
Jumpsuit for Afghan Hound will save from slush and rain, because the wool of this dog requires constant and careful care.
Buy clothes for the greyhound is not difficult. Many shops selling clothes for animals have in their assortment stylish and beautiful things for dogs of any breed.
Choosing a puppy breed Afghan Hound
Therefore, you need to choose a proven breeder or nursery, guaranteeing pure litter. The main criterion for selection is the pedigree of the puppy, the inspection of its parents.
Landmarks can serve as:
- The shape of the eyes and ears. They must be characteristic of the breed.
- Paws. They must be strong and large.
- Playfulness and curiosity of the baby.
The cost of Afghan hounds - the price of puppies
- Puppies Afghan hound, cost from 2000 rubles, in fact, of unknown origin. Such cheap Afghans often lack not only a metric, but also a veterinary passport, so all vaccinations will fall on the shoulders of new owners.
- In registered kennels puppies of this breed are rarely cheaper than 10,000 rubles.
- Dogs for breeding or to participate in exhibitions cost from 17,000 rubles.
When buying an Afghan hound in the kennel, the new owners will receive a healthy puppy with a full package of documents, advice on maintenance and care, as well as many kennels offer discounts to their customers on professional food, assist in transportation (delivery).