The Afghan hound is a Sighthound, or Gazehound, depending on whom you ask and what term they use. The Afghan hound is a special kind of breed that hunts primarily with sight and speed – in contrast to scent. The Afghan hounds excel in hunting with their super-human speed and ability to keep the prey before their eyes. They eventually overpower the creature they're chasing. A lean, slim, some would say gaunt, body and big lungs are some of the features that enable the Afghan hounds in these great feats of hunting. The Afghan hound head is even aerodynamic. The Afghan hound can also be used in racing – due to his innate features and abilities.
Afghan hounds have an appearance denoting supreme austerity and haughtiness. Their distinctive coat and body style come together in a way that symbolizes royalty. True to royalty, the temperament can be cold and reserved in the midst of its pursuits, but it can be very playful and happy-go-lucky when it decides to relax and be playful.
The height of the Afghan hound comes in at 24 to 29 inches, and the weight ranges from 45 to 60 pounds. There is a small, ringed curl at the end tail tip. The Afghan hounds have an average lifespan of 12-14 years. The primary causes of death include allergies and cancer. Recently it was discovered by DNA researchers that Afghan hounds are one of the most ancient dog breeds, and they were used to hunt antelope, wild dogs, leopards, and other animals for food and sport. The Afghan hound is afflicted with sensitivity to anesthetics and a very low pain threshold.
Would-be dog owners should realize that Afghan hounds need about half an hour of galloping per day, and they have an affinity to open spaces. Afghan hounds are not suited to apartment life. They have to be part of the outdoors, and they enjoy a large amount of acreage. Long, thick, and silky are the characteristics that best describe their coats. Experts recommend bathing once per week. The thick coat makes it resilient to ultra-low temperatures. It was common for shepherds, hunters, and nomads to use them to hunt, and their exportation was strictly prohibited for many years from their native countries. When they eventually did make it out, they were prized for their aristocratic beauty and stateliness. Their look is definitive to this day.
Afghan hounds should not get their coats trimmed artificially because natural growth yields a better look. Not only are these fine dogs beautiful; they're devoted, loyal, and sweet. The training of Afghan hounds should be administered with a gentle touch because of their pain sensitivity – which is very high.