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The Afghan Hound is tall, standing in height 24-29 inches and weighing 45-60 pounds. The coat may be
any colour, but white markings, particularly on the head, are discouraged; many individuals have a black
facial mask. Some specimens have facial hair that looks like a Fu Manchu moustache that are called
"mandarins." Some Afghan Hounds are almost white, but particolour hounds (white with islands of red
or black) are not acceptable and may indicate impure breeding. The long, fine-textured coat requires
considerable care and grooming. The long topknot and the shorter-haired saddle on the back in the
miniature dog are distinctive features of the Afghan Hound coat. The high hipbones and unique small
ring on the end of the tail are also characteristics of the breed.

The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound can be aloof and dignified, but happy and clownish when
playing. This breed, as is the case with many sighthounds, has a high prey drive and may not get along
with small animals. The Afghan Hounds' reasoning skills have made it a successful competitor in dog
agility trials as well as an intuitive therapy dog and companion. Genomic studies have pointed to the
Afghan Hound as one of the oldest of dog breeds.

The breed has a reputation among some dog trainers of having a relatively slow "obedience intelligence"
as defined by author Stanley Coren.

Although seldom used today for hunting in Europe and America where they are popular, Afghan hounds
are frequent participants in lure coursing events and are also popular in the sport of conformation
showing.
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Dignity, beauty and grace describe the Afghan Hound, a native sighthound of Afghanistan,
whose near-human expression, intelligence and intensity have fascinated mankind for
centuries. This wholly remarkable dog is graced with elegance, yet designed for hunting in the
desert; marked with characteristic aloofness, yet affectionate with his own people; and blessed
with a free spirit and independent thought, yet trainable and obedient. The Afghan Hound
today has evolved into a fashionable home companion and a flashy, superlative show dog.
Trace the origins of our modern Afghan Hound from the deserts of Asia to homes and show
rings in North America; the history chapter includes a special section about the breeds
development in the US, written by Afghan expert Betty Stites. The author discusses the breeds
characteristics and standard as well as puppy selection and care, house-training and obedience.
A thorough chapter on everyday care details the grooming, exercise and conditioning of this
long-coated wonder hound. Owners can rely on a thoroughly up-to-date chapter on health
care written by Dr. Lowell Ackerman, one of the country's most respected veterinarians and
canine authors. Illustrated with over 135 color photographs, this Special Limited Edition
promises to be a reliable and informative volume for all Afghan Hound owners.
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