Dog Breeds

Afghan

Height: 25-27 inches (63-68 cm);

weight: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg).

The Afghan is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness. He is often referred to as a king of dogs because of his regal bearing. His history has been traced back to between 4,000 and 3,000 B.C. The striking characteristics of the breed are an exotic “Eastern” expression; a long, silky topknot; prominent hipbones, higher and wider than in other dogs; profuse feathering on the legs; and a long, flowing coat.

In Afghanistan, where the breed originated, there were two types of Afghans: those living in desert areas who did more running and had longer bodies; and those from the mountains, with a shorter back and hind legs, permitting more spring in the rocky terrain. All colors are permissible.

The Afghan requires considerable brushing to prevent the coat from matting. Although easy-going, he is inclined to be independent and often is hard to housebreak. He never fails to draw admiring glances when he is walked on a city street.

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