Afghan Hounds are elegant and majestic looking dogs that are also very fast runners, getting up to speeds of 45km per hour!
These unique looking dogs bear themselves with dignity and pride, but are friendly, good natured and laid back at home. They are happy to relax elegantly on the couch like a sphinx, and can watch TV for hours on end without appearing to move or blink an eye.
But don’t let the laid back, low-key homebody image fool you - once outside, Afghan Hounds change into dynamic, energy-releasing dogs with a strong hunting instinct. In fact, some Afghans have such a strong prey drive that they can hardly be let off the leash. They are fast and need to run, so we recommend taking them for runs or teaching them to run alongside a bicycle.
Afghan hounds excel in dog sports such as lure coursing, which appeal to their hunting instincts. Their free spirit and independence can make them hard to train, so they are not recommended for novice dog owners.
Their fine long hair requires lots of grooming otherwise it will knot and mat very easily. Brushing after each outing is recommended to ensure a silky smooth look.
|Life expectancy:||12-14 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||high|