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Everything You Need to Know About Afghan Hounds

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An Afghan hound with hair that is both a honey color, and cream, soaking up some sunshine.

An Afghan hound with hair that is both a honey color, and cream, soaking up some sunshine.

A Few Small (But Important) Things About Them

A few words to describe an Afghan Hound are funny, aloof, independent, and dignified. The general weight of one of these silky dogs is 57-75 lbs (for both genders). The usual height for a male is 27-29 inches. The height for a female is 24-27 inches. The lifespan of an Afghan hound is 11-13 years (some people say it's 12-14 years). From a breeder, it costs somewhere around $1,000 to purchase one. To adopt one, it's $300. Although they're actually intelligent dogs, they can be hard to train due to their occasional stubborn attitude. They react best to gentle and non-strict guidance. Another thing is that some people refer to Afghan hounds as dumb. This is because they don't play dead and roll over like other dogs can be trained to do, but that's not because they're dumb! It's because they are actually very stealthy and independent. They're genuinely really smart. So, in my opinion, the people who think Afghan hounds are dumb just aren't smart enough themselves to see that they're very intelligent dogs. With all of this, these dogs are also hypoallergenic.

Grooming and Fur

Due to their luxurious, thick coat of fur, daily brushing might be a good idea. The long hairs can get tangled easily, especially if your dog has been active outdoors. I also recommend bathing your Afghan hound at least weekly, otherwise twice or three times per week (if your dog gets muddy, grassy, dusty, etc). Afghan hounds have only a single coat of fur, so they shed less than other dogs. Their fur is also more like our hair, at least it's more like it than other dogs; straight, long, and in need of occasional trimming or clipping.

A black haired Afghan hound enjoying some time outside.

A black haired Afghan hound enjoying some time outside.

Barking, Proper Socialization, Drooling, and Odors

Afghan hounds almost never bark, unless trying to communicate. If they are properly socialized with smaller pets and children, especially if done when the dog is a puppy. They also barely drool. However, with all of these pros, Afghan hounds are sometimes called "the scented hound." This is because they smell awful due to the glands in their cheeks, especially if they haven't been bathed in a while (any dog will smell bad if they haven't had a bath in a long time).

Exercise, Hunting Instincts, and Other Names For the Afghan Hound

Afghan hounds also require lots of exercise and can easily escape places that aren't closed in. So a tall, fenced in yard would be perfect for your dog to run around in. However, you might want to get rid of any small animals (unless they're already properly socialized with it,) because Afghan hounds can easily get their attention drawn to something small, and, due to their strong hunting instincts, they might chase it and not come back. You also want a very tall fence, (at least five feet tall) because even though your Afghan hound might seem to enjoy running around in the yard, when they get a chance, they can jump over fences that are FOUR FOOT TALL. So be sure to have a fence tall enough to contain your Afghan hound. Changing the subject yet again, some people refer to Afghan hounds as the: Kabul hound, Sighthound, Shalgar hound, Tāzī, Galanday hound, Barutzy hound, Pariah dogs, Kuchi hound, Affie, Sage Baluchi, and Afghan.

A black haired Afghan hound with a cream colored beard. Personally, I think he looks like an adorable fuzzy grandpa.

A black haired Afghan hound with a cream colored beard. Personally, I think he looks like an adorable fuzzy grandpa.

Long Ears, Speed, and Common Afghan Hound Colors

Afghan hounds fur usually come in black, white, (also called cream,) and a reddish color. I also believe that they can be honey blonde, but that might just be me. Afghan hounds are also SUPER fast dogs. They don't run out of energy quickly and are incredibly hyperactive. Afghan hounds also have really long ears, which are beautiful. But they constantly get in their bowls. You can put things like hoods over them and they look absolutely fabulous.

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