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The Afghan Hound is one of the oldest breeds, over 4000 years old. It is an ancient, aristocratic, beautiful dog. Afghan hounds were originally used for hunting in the mountains of Afghanistan. Tall and slender with a long, narrow, refined head, silky topknot and powerful jaws. Its long, thick and silky coat makes the breed quite an attraction.
All colors are permitted. White markings, especially on the head, are undesirable.
This breed is an average shedder. The long, thick coat demands a great deal of grooming. When showing, weekly bath is a must. In order to keep the coat shiny and long never brush in-between baths. Brushing a dry coat will damage the coat and make it more easily matted. Even if your Afghan won't be shown, weekly baths will make the coat less matted. Use a special air-cushioned brush or pin brush for grooming.
This is a healthy, long-lived breed. It has a low tolerance of pain, thereby suffering even with minor injuries. To make sure that you get a healthy dog, you should buy an Afghan Hound puppy from a reputable breeder.