The Afghan hound is a dog from Afghanistan but more precisely from the Northern mountainous regions of the country. Although Westerners discovered the Afghan hound in the 19th century, its origin dates back from many centuries. The actual origin is not exact but it is believed that this particular breed was known by Egyptians thousands of years ago. The breed was then introduced in England in the late 19th century.
The Afghan hound's weight is about 50 to 60 pounds (22-27 kg) and its average height is 26 inches (66 cm). His head is of a good length with a long thin snout, long ears and dark triangular-shaped eyes. His head is held proudly by a long and strong neck. His loin is strong and arched, and his forelegs are long, straight and lean. He has a very fine and silky longhaired coat. One of the traditional characteristics is that his coat should be thick around the ears, legs and shoulders while short along the saddle area.
The Afghan hound has a long and elegant figure and walks in a graceful way, exuding dignity and power. Despite his elegant physique, this dog not only can act as a herd dog or guard dog but he is also a very good hunter. In fact in Afghanistan, he was at the Royal Court for many generations for his qualities in hunting. Typically, the Afghan hound is appreciated as a pet for his quiet and sensitive nature in addition to his independent personality.