Afghan Hound Dogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They have been used for hunting purposes since ancient times. People have always loved them because they are loyal, friendly and affectionate dogs. The Afghans were bred to hunt wild game such as deer, boar, rabbit and other animals. Their size makes them excellent at chasing down their prey or running away from danger when needed. The Afghans are very intelligent and obedient dogs. They make great companions for children and adults alike.
The Afghan Hound is considered to be a medium sized dog with short fur coat, which is usually black but may vary depending on the breed. These dogs are generally gentle and easy going, though they do not like being left alone too much. They love to play fetch with their owners, however they will bark if someone tries to steal their food!
The Afghan Hound is known to be good watchdogs, although they are not necessarily trained to guard their owners. They do well guarding their masters’ property and home. They tend to enjoy playing tug of war with humans, however they need lots of exercise so it’s best if they get outside regularly.
Some say that these dogs can become aggressive towards strangers, especially if there is no previous relationship between the two parties.
These dogs are very agile and fast and love to run. They enjoy being outdoors, but can also be found lounging around the house as they are not hyper or destructive. The Afghans in the past were said to have been bred for hunting, however it is commonly believed that they were bred for royalty and nobility during ancient times.
Their silky white fur coat and gentle nature made them favorites among aristocratic families.
These dogs are generally quiet and reserved around strangers. They tend to be a bit aloof, but they are by no means timid or shy. They enjoy human companionship and make excellent “one person” dogs.
They tend to bond very closely with their owners and do not like being left alone for too long periods of time, at least not until they are a few years old. Once they reach adulthood, they are fine with spending extended periods of time on their own.
As mentioned, these dogs are bred to hunt. They need a lot of exercise on a regular basis and should have a yard or some sort of area where they can run and play. They do enjoy long walks, but this should not be their main form of exercise.
If they don’t get enough exercise, these dogs are prone to becoming destructive and hyperactive. These dogs also love to swim, so they will need an area where they can go swimming as well.
The Afghan Hound is a very clean dog and rarely makes a mess inside the house. These dogs are quiet and calm most of the time, however some can be a bit stubborn and dominant. It is best to train these dogs while they are still young as they can become harder to handle once they reach adulthood.
Owners should always make sure their dogs have a high level of obedience as these dogs can be aggressive towards other dogs if not trained properly.
Grooming these dogs is relatively simple. They shed very little and only need to be bathed every once in a while. They do not have an odor and do not commonly get various human diseases or skin problems like a lot of other dogs.
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