Among the numerous breeds of dogs, Afghan hound is one of the oldest breed. They are the type of dogs who assist the hunters by tracking or chasing the animal being hunted. Their main feature is that they hunt by the speed and the sight and not scent and endurance. Afghan hound dogs have thick, fine and silky coat and its tail has a kind of ring curl at the end. Afghan hound was originally used in the cold mountains of Afghanistan to hunt hares and gazelles by coursing them .These unique features of the Afghan hound breed are acquired from the same cold mountains of Afghanistan.
Kuchi Hound, Tāzī, Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound, Shalgar Hound, Kabul Hound, Galanday Hound are the other alternate names of the breed. The Afghan hound is among one of the tall dogs with standing height of 24 to 29 inches and weighs somewhere around 58-64 pounds. The coat of the Afghan hound may be of any color but it requires proper care and grooming. The temperament of the typical Afghan hound can be aloof and dignified, but they are generally happy and clownish when playing.
According to the UK surveys the afghan dogs have a median life span of about 12 years and 18 years, if the dogs are taken care of, which is similar to the other breeds of the same size.