The majestic beauty of the Afghan Hound commands attention with their aristocratic demeanor and poise!
Tidewater Afghan Hound Club
Our club is built around the endearing love we all have for our Afghan Hounds. Our membership area covers the surrounding communities of Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
The diverse membership is united with a shared love and interest in bettering the lives of our Afghan Hounds. We also travel the circuit of dog shows and competitions as well as participating in public service events.
The Beauty of the Breed
The Afghan Hound presents a distinctive regality standing tall and erect with confidence. The timeless expression of this breed exudes a quiet nature with sharp attention.
- Life Span: averages 10-12 years
- Weight: 60 pounds
- Size: Large
- Breed Group: Hounds
Originating in Afghanistan, the Afghan Hound was primarily used for hunting in the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan. Its long heavy coat provided the warmth needed in the colder seasons. Having the ability to run quickly and over long distances, giving them the advantage of outrunning dangerous animals.
As puppies, they love being handled and cuddled, however, as they mature, they prefer to be more independent and are not likely to be a lap dog. Aside from being emotionally autonomous, this breed is quite mischievous getting into things as well as stealing.
Afghan Hounds have a somewhat persnickety personality. They do not make good watchdogs, nor are they ideal to have around children and other pets. Having an independent way of thinking presents a challenge with training.
Grooming and Health
Grooming is necessitous for this breed because of the long hair. Because of low pain tolerance, grooming can be tedious especially when it comes to nail trimming. Afghan Hounds have been known to have allergies. Some other conditions found in this breed is cancer, cataracts when young and hypothyroidism.
Competition and Show
The physical characteristics make this breed popular in the competition circuit both in show and lure coursing. With keen eyesight and ability to run fast, the Afghan Hound dominates the sport of lure coursing.
Lure coursing is a competition event where dogs chase a white mechanical lure around a course. The lure action simulates a small prey such as a rabbit running. This sport improves the dog’s agility, focus and is just plain old fun for them.
Fun Facts and Trivia
- The Afghan Hound is the oldest breed of dogs
- This breed can run up to 40 mph
- They have a 270-degree field of vision
Picasso had an Afghan Hound which appeared in many of his paintings