Afghan breed of dog

Afghan breed of dog

"The afghan hound is not a dog, it's an Afghan... and it's not for sale". This was the local people's answer in the past, to foreigner's attempts of purchasing a dog in Afghanistan. Extremely proud of their dogs, that they call Tazi, the Shikaris hunters did not alienate them, using the dogs to successfully hunt deer, wolves of bears.

This somewhat explains the late appearance of the breed in Europe, and the mystery surrounding the origin of this precious animal. The natives claim that the Afghan is the dog Noah took on his Ark, and argue with the engraved drawings found in the cave of Balkh, which date back over 3000 years BC.
The fact is that these images exist and they represend Tazi hounds, dogs of very old origins, tough and strong, which did not hesitate to take on wild beasts, including leopards.

Obviously this is not the role we know the dog today in. Praised for its elegance, oriental charm, lively and playful temperament, the Afghan hound is a faithful companion dog. Resistant to weather, flexible and fast, very affectionate, it remains an uncommon dog, possessed by the ones priviliged enough to be able to give it the space and movement it needs.

Breed standard

Afghan dog breed

Dog group: hounds.

Head: Skull long but narrow, with prominent neck, covered with long strands of hair. Long snout, powerful jaws. Stop slightly pronounced. Nose black, but brown also admitted for light colored specimens.

Eyes: Triangular and slightly oblique. Very dark ones are preferred.

Ears: Carried low, along the cheeks. Covered with long, silky hair.

Body: Flat, medium length back, muscular and slightly sloping towards the tail. Chest deep and low. Shoulders long, sloping, muscular. Limbs with strong bones, straight joint angles.

Tail: Medium length and ending in a ring, is worn upwards when in action. Covered with short hair.

Lifespan: around 14 years

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