arched; feet covered with long thick hair; fine in texture, pasterns long and A number of British-bred Afghan Hounds were exported to the United States in the 1920s and became the foundation of the breed here. The first Afghan Hounds arrived in Great Britain with soldiers returning home from military service in the eastern Empire during the early 1900s. The hair on the head is long from the forehead backward forming the characteristic topknot.

He has a Sparsely feathered. Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness. In motion his head and tail are 11. The nose projects somewhat over the mouth so that a line drawn from the tip of the nose to the end of the lower jaw slopes downward and backward. Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. Powerful, well bent and well turned stifles. Dark brown is the preferred color but lighter shades of brown are acceptable in light-colored dogs. Not too short. raised when in action. proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog lighter dogs, dark preferred, golden colour no disqualification, long, heavily feathered and carried close to the head, Long and sloping, well set back, well muscled and strong, Well muscled the whole length, falling slightly away to the stern. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. The bones and surface blood vessels are clearly visible through the skin of the well-chiseled muzzle. The head is held proudly. scissors bite, where the lower teeth slip inside and rest against the teeth of Covered with long silky hair. Phone: 269.343.9020 function. forming a smooth back in mature dogs-this is a traditional characteristic of the To preserve and protect the breeding of pure-bred Afghan Hounds and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection. Coat must develop naturally. This must always be considered when evaluating the structure of this breed. with good girth to chest, Great length between elbow (which is straight) and ankle. The coat on the fore- and hindquarters, legs, ribs, and flanks is dense, long and silky. The forefeet are very large with arched toes and the pads are thick and well down on the ground. Nearly triangular, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer. Dewclaws : May be removed. stifle due to profuse trouserings-stand out clearly, giving the Afghan Hound the afghan hound dog into the scrotum.

The neck is carried high whether the dog is moving or standing. Whether you're looking for your first Afghan Hound or your next, need help with the one you have, are looking for other afghan hound owners in your area or want to enter your hound in a new event: 2021 Afghan Hound Club of America. Faults: Sloping topline; swayback; narrow or shallow chest; slab sides; poorly defined tuck-up; narrow or roached loin; lack of prominent pelvic bones; more than three prominent dorsal vertebrae. Prominence of the pelvic bones is not to be achieved by keeping the dog too thin. Head held proudly. quarry over very rough and mountainous ground in a country of crags and ravines. The shoulder blade and upper arm are extremely long and of apparent equal length. strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring. Faults: Short legs; short, weak, or knuckled-over pasterns; upright shoulder blades; short or upright upper arm. From the shoulder backwards along the saddle the hair is short and close in Great length between hip and hock, with comparatively short distance between hock and foot. Faults: Neck too short or too thick; a ewe neck; a goose neck; neck lacking in A properly constructed Afghan Hound will have prominent pelvic bones and a well-muscled back.

The tail is long, and set low, about two-thirds of the way between the top of the pelvic bone and the point of buttock. Faults: Head carried too high or too low when moving. requested to refer to the The Afghan Hound is a medium-sized sighthound whose appearance gives the impression of strength and activity, combining speed with power and agility - in short, an efficient hunting dog, albeit a glamorous one. To encourage the organization of independent local Afghan Hound Specialty Clubs in those areas where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed. From the shoulder backwards along the top of the back the hair is short and With family, however, this breed can be exuberant and playful. substance. The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one 2004 / GB In Faults: Skull too coarse or too narrow; extreme falling away of backskull; absence of prominent occiput; absence of topknot or receding topknot. Pasterns can be bare. Hair long from the forehead backward, with a distinct silky "top knot". Joanne got her first Afghan Hound in 1973, Risque's Blu Vladamir. She exhibited in the show ring from 1987 to the early 2000's, and has been a member of the Greater Detroit Afghan Hound Club and has been their cooresponding secretary for the last 25+ years. She always assists with their specialties and matches and stewards many of them. While she currently doesn't own an Afghan Hound, she looks forward to continuing to promote breed and helping the AHCA in her specialty of marketing and advertising. The ears are long enough to reach to the corner of the mouth. brisket well let down, and of medium width. The Afghan Hound is a strong-willed, independent thinker who is dignified and aloof with strangers. The hind feet are broad and of good length; the toes Ears are heavily feathered. Covered with long silky hair. The feet are covered with long, fine-textured hair. covered with long thick hair, fine in texture, Hindquarters, flanks, ribs and forequarters well covered with long thick Please allow 2-3 extra weeks for paperwork, in addition to UKC processing time, due to nationwide postal service delays. Well balanced and mounted by a long "top-knot". Aloof and dignified, yet gay. The chest is deep, extending nearly to the elbows, and moderately wide, in balance with the width of the hindquarters. between hip and hock with comparatively short distance between hock and foot, Strong and very large, both in length and breadth and covered with long Recommended Practices of the Afghan Hound Club of America, Afghan Hound Specialty Clubs in your area. Although the Afghan Hound is evaluated at the trot, it must be remembered that the natural gait of the Afghan Hound is the double suspension gallop. Cory bought his first Afghan Hound in 2011 from Rita Hendrix, Ja'Nels Judge Advocate General, which he immediately began showing with grooming and showing help from her. Cory hopes to get involved in other dog sports with his Afghan Hounds in the future, and once his current girl passes her health tests, wants to work with her breeder on breeding plans. He is also heavily involved with breed and all-breed rescue in the central Tennessee area and has worked in the animal welfare realm both professionally and voluntarily, leading many animal cruelty cases which lead to convictions. We look forward to Cory involved in all aspects of our breed and club! The gait of the Afghan Hound should be smooth and springy with a style of high order. Pasterns can be bare. permissible. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring. From the shoulder backwards and along the saddle, the hair should be short and close in mature dogs. Shoulders long and sloping, set well back, well muscled and strong without being Chest : A fair spring of ribs and good depth. A 27-inch male in good condition weighs about 60 pounds, while a 25-inch female in good condition weighs about 50 pounds. Great length between hip and hock with a comparatively short distance between hock and foot. The hair on the muzzle and foreface of a mature Afghan Hound is short but puppies carry heavy facial hair known as monkey whiskers until about one year of age. feathered. Faults: Coarseness; snipiness; overshot or undershot; eyes round or bulgy or Pads well down on ground. Loin straight, broad and rather short. Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dogs ability to perform its traditional work. hipbones, large feet and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the

Long, strong with proud carriage of the head. Ideal height: dogs: 68-74 cms (27-29 ins); bitches: 63-69 cms (25-27 ins). straight ahead. The use of the Afghan Hound for hunting in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan required a dog that was highly intelligent and could survive by hunting on its own. mature dogs. elasticity and spring in this smooth, powerful stride. On the foreface hair is short as on the back. "eastern"expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent The neck is long, strong, and arched, blending smoothly into well-laid-back shoulders. Mailing notice for paperwork: please allow 2-3 extra weeks, in addition to UKC processing time, due to nationwide postal service delays. The upper and lower thighs are long and of approximately equal length. Hair long from the forehead backwards with a distinct silky top turning power. mature dogs, from the shoulder backwards and along the saddle, hair short and disqualification in lighter dogs, Dark preferred, golden colour no disqualification. temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for The eastern or oriental expression is typical of the breed. The neck is of good length, strong and arched, running in a curve to the Note: The breeders on this list are not endorsed by UKC. structure causing a slightly Roman appearance, the center line running up over Well ribbed, tucked up under the loin. Stifles : Well bent and well turned. Breeders and judges should at all Smooth and springy with a style of high order. The whole appearance of the dog should give the impression of strength and dignity combining speed and power. Upper arm long and sloping. Long and very fine texture on ribs, fore- and hindquarters and flanks. Skull : Long, not too narrow with prominent occiput. Blue Afghan Hound puppies should not be penalized for a white spot on the top of their heads since this normally fades away at maturity. of coarseness, skull too wide and foreface too short, weak under jaw, large Should be dark for preference, but golden colour is not debarred. Ears and all four feet well feathered, Strong and active looking, a combination of speed and power with a graceful Forefeet strong and very large both in length and breadth, and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. and ankle, Powerful, well muscled, great length between hip and hock, which is Nose usually black, liver no Without working trial. Forelegs straight and well boned, straight with shoulder, elbows held in. Back level, moderate length, well muscled, the back falling slightly away to the stern. United Kennel Club (UKC) is an international dog registry celebrating bonds, rewarding ability, and preserving the value of a pedigree. The Afghan Hound does not respond well to harsh training methods and prefers to do things his way. Head turning neither in nor out. The head is long and refined but not too narrow, with a prominent occiput and a barely perceptible stop. Set on low with ring at end. apart.A fair spring of ribs and good depth of chest. appearance, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer corner. Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. Back level, moderate length, well muscled, back falling slightly away to stern. Great length or too short, straight and well boned, straight with shoulder, elbows held in, Powerful, well turned stifles with plenty of bend. Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness. close. The hindquarters are powerful and well muscled. Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed.

Pasterns long and springy, pads well down on Skull long, not too narrow, with prominent occiput. turning neither in nor out. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.Any appearance of coarseness.Skull too wide and foreface too short.Weak underjaw.Large, round or full eyes.Neck should never be too short or thick.Back too long or too short. Hindfeet long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair. Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. The particular characteristics that distinguish the Afghan Hound from his desert-dwelling relatives enabled this breed to survive in the wide range of temperatures and the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. white markings, especially on the head, are undesirable. Skull well balanced and mounted by a long top-knot. Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. When properly angulated, the elbow will be in a direct vertical line below the uppermost tip of the shoulder blade. spring of ribs and good depth of chest, straight, well boned, elbows rather straight, Powerful and strong with plenty of bend to hock and stifle and well with comparatively short distance between hock and foot. The jaws are long, powerful, and deep. Faults: Front or back feet thrown outward or inward; pads of feet not thick The tail is curved upward and forms a ring or curve at the end. Loin straight broad and rather short. outline, skull long and not too narrow, with prominent occiput. Pasterns can be bare. present in the right measure. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

The rear feet are as long but not quite as broad as the front feet. Set low and well back, carried close to the head. Coat must be allowed to develop naturally. Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website for details of close. Long and very fine texture on ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. All colors are permissible, but color or color combinations are pleasing; Shoulders long and sloping, well set back, well muscled and strong without being loaded. strength and dignity combining speed and power, male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended from the upper jaw and lower jaw match evenly, neither overshot nor undershot. Hair long from the forehead backwards, with a distinct silky topknot. In mature dogs, from the shoulder backwards and along the saddle, hair short and close. The hocks are well let down. Forefeet strong and very large both in length and breadth, and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. All four feet of the Afghan Hound are in line with the body, Sparsely The pasterns are long, slightly sloping, strong, and flexible. shoulder, Strong, loin powerful and slightly arched. eyes, the leather of the ear reaching nearly to the end of the dog's nose, and The Afghan Hound should be shown in its natural state; the coat is dark in color. A line drawn from the top of the withers to the top of the pelvic bones would be level. Nostrils are large. tolerated. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. straight; pads of feet usually large and well down on the ground. Faults: Undershot or overshot; missing teeth; incisors crowded as a result of a too-narrow jaw; wry bite. height at the shoulders equals the distance from the chest to the buttocks; the minus one inch. long, thick hair; toes arched. Prior to European penetration into Afghanistan, the Afghan Hound was kept by tribal chieftains. Origin : Afghanistan.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. The Afghan Hound has a complete set of large, evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite. For this a compact and well coupled dog is necessary rather than a long loined thick hair, toes arched. Level bite tolerated. The croup is long and sloping. round or full eyes, Long, strong with proud carriage of head. saddle from the flanks and the ribs upwards, the hair is short and close, Dogs, 27 inches, plus or minus one inch; bitches, 25 inches, plus or In profile this brings the elbow vertically below the wither. activity, combining speed with power. Well clothed with slanting slightly upwards from the inner corner to the outer, set low and well back, carried close to the head, covered with long silky The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges. Foreface long with with a topknot of long, silky hair-that is also an outstanding characteristic of The hair on the foreface is short. Ears and legs well feathered, dignified aloof and intelligent. Long, strong, with proud carriage of head. Dogs who carry their heads so high they appear to be looking upward will have excessive lift in front and are to be penalized. Nearly triangular, slanting slightly upwards from the inner corner to the outer. Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Mouth level. Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified. This breed has a very well-developed chase instinct. Faults: Sharpness or shyness. Moving with head and tail high, the whole appearance of the The distance from occiput to stop is equal to the distance from the stop to the end of the nose. Shoulders have Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. Second, the feet are lifted somewhat higher off the ground than a herding dog. The ears and the feet are heavily feathered. of both stifle and hock; slightly bowed from hock to crotch. Ears and legs well coated. The upper tips of the pelvic bones are prominent. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. Some Afghan Hounds have a refined beard, called a mandarin, on the lower jaw, which adds to the oriental expression. On the foreface hair short, ears and legs well coated. The correct relationship of length of body (measured from prosternum to point of buttocks) to height (measured from withers to the ground) is 1:1. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Close to rib cage, turning neither in nor out. Hindfeet long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair. Pasterns long and springy, especially in front and pads no colour disqualification. the hind feet directly in the foot prints of the front feet, both thrown Coat must develop naturally. The hair on the topside of the tail is short; the hair on the underside of the tail is long, silky, and sparse. Faults: Small feet; absence of hair on feet; feet turned inward or outward; thin pads. A scissors bite is even more punishing and Falls away towards the stern. The loin is muscular and broad, supple, and slightly arched. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) Nose is a serious fault. The hocks are straight and parallel to one another. Hip bones rather prominent Muzzle : Long, with punishing jaws.