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There are two distinct versions of the Afghan Hound. One developed in the southern and western desert regions of Afghanistan, and the other in the north. The dogs from the desert regions tend to be light in color and have a sparse coat. The dogs from the north are more compact, often darker, and have a thicker coat.
There were Afghan Hounds in the Western World before WW1, but during the war these dogs went extinct. The breed as we know it today stems back to 1920, when a group were brought to Scotland from Pakistan. The first dogs in the USA entered the country in 1926.
Afghan Hounds are known for being dignified, aloof, and highly individual. They are wonderful members of the family, but often don't go along well with small animals that can look like prey. These dogs require a lot of exercise and grooming. They are very fast, sure-footed, and agile, and they have the stamina to run for a long time. You aren't likely to run an Afghan tired.
Many Afghans participate in agility or lure coursing. They are also popular as therapy dogs.
~ Maria Sadowski ~