Afghan Hound also known as a king of dogs is a very elegant, strong, agile and peaceful dog.
There are Top 10 interesting facts about Afghan Hound.
1) One of the Oldest Dog Breeds
The Afghan Hound is one of the oldest breeds, with evidence to suggest it has existed for thousands of years. Some theories posit that Afghan Hounds existed in Egypt thousands of years ago. Other theories suggest the breed has its origins in the deserts and the mountains of Afghanistan, with some breed development being done in parts of Russia.
2) Hunting Breed
These graceful dogs might look like they were bred for a life of luxury, but originally they were used to aid hunters in the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan. Once on the chase, the dogs cornered animals (such as leopards) and kept them at bay until their owners could catch up. These clever dogs are capable of hunting and thinking independently, which means they need very little direction out in the field.
Afghan Hounds are well known for their distinctly long and lustrous fur, but those coats require a lot of grooming. Afghan Hounds need both daily brushing and weekly bathing to prevent mats, to which the breed is highly susceptible. Afghan Hounds need shampoo, conditioner and even blow drying to keep their fur looking best.
4) Complicated Personality
On the one hand, the Afghan Hound is loving and deeply attached to his people. With those he loves, he can be an endearing, humorous, and even silly companion. On the other hand, the breed is known for being independent, regal, and and even aloof. Given the chance, the Afghan will be the lord of the manor and take his true place as royalty.
5) Fast as Horse
The average Afghan hound can reach speeds of up to 40 mph. For comparison, that’s about as fast as a purebred racehorse. The fastest horse in the world can only reach 43.97 miles per hour.
6) Hard Training
These are intelligent working dogs. Being such independent freethinkers was an advantage in their role as hunters expected to work on their own. The challenge is to find creative and positive training methods that will pique and hold your dog's interest.
As magnificent as he looks lying decoratively on the sofa, this is a breed that needs a great deal of exercise. He's a working sighthound with an unquenchable prey drive. And he's lightening fast. He needs plenty of room to run at full speed, but always in a fenced-in area. With that speed and prey drive, the Afghan Hound can be miles away in the blink of an eye.
8) Picassos Paintings
Picasso's love of dogs is well-known. In the artist’s lifetime, he kept all sorts of breeds, from terriers to poodles. He was especially close with a dachshund named Lump, but his other favorite was his Afghan hound, Kabul. Kabul appeared in many of his paintings with his wife, Jacqueline.
9) The Scented Hound
Afghan hounds are also sometimes referred to as “the scented hound.” The dogs have scent glands in their cheeks that emit a pleasant, musky odor.
10) Other Names
For such an ancient dog breed, it's perhaps not surprising that the Afghan Hounds has gone by many different names. You may hear the breed called Afghanischer Windhund, African Hound, Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound, Eastern Greyhound, Galanday Hound, Kabul Hound, Kuchi Hound, Levrier Afghan, Ogar Afghan, Shalgar Hound or Tazi.