Popular Dog Breeds
All about the Afghan Hound
A noble and beautiful breed of dog, the Afghan Hound has a quiet nature and it can appear to be distant but generally socialises well. They are not an aggressive breed but can be very shy or wary of people that they do not know.
The Afghan Hound is friendly with children but would do best around children who are old enough to know and understand how to be gentle.
Afghan Hounds crave human attention and leadership and will pine and become depressed if these needs aren’t met.
Afghan Hounds can be difficult to housebreak and train and can develop behavioural problems if it does not receive enough exercise or mental stimulation.
Grooming an Afghan Hound
Hair type: Well covered with thick, silky hair, very fine in texture, the Afghan hound’s coat is a sort found among animals native to high altitudes. They can come in all colours but the silky coat is most often the colour of sand with a darker face and ear fringes.
Daily coat care: The long, thick coat demands a great deal of attention. Bathe the dog when necessary. Do not brush in between baths in order to keep coat long and shiny. Brushing a dry coat will damage the coat and even make it more easily matted. Weekly baths are not as important if your Afghan is a pet, but doing so will make the coat less matted and will save you time in the end. Many wear snoods indoors to protect their ears from food bowls. Some owners like to use a special air-cushioned brush called a pinbrush. This breed is an average shedder.
Recommended groom frequency: This dog breed requires very regular grooming and should be seen by a professional groomer at least once every 4-6 weeks.
At Petmania Grooming Studios we have a full range of treatments available for your Afghan Hound. If you get puppy, we recommend our Puppy’s First Visit at around four months, once your puppy has received all his vaccinations.
Afghan Hounds tend not to be fussy eaters, however choosing a high quality dry dog food is recommended to ensure they receive the right balance of nutrients to maintain their overall health, and keep their skin and coat in good condition. Depending on your Afghan’s age and size, you can expect to feed between 215g and 295g of dry food a day, divided into two meals.
To help you choose the right food for your Afghan Hound, our pet care advisors are instore to provide you with advice and guidance.
The Afghan Hound is relatively inactive indoors, but it does need lots of daily exercise like long walks and jogs to keep them healthy. They need large open spaces to play and run. This breed is extremely fast runner so never should be left alone in an unsecured area. Their living area should be securely fenced. They love to be outdoors but prefer to sleep indoors.
Where to get an Afghan Hound
There are lots of places offering dogs or puppies for sale in Ireland, but we would always ask that you consider adopting a dog first. Our animal rescue partners have 100’s of rescue dogs and puppies seeking a forever home and would be delighted to introduce you to them.
However, if a rescue dog is not for you, we do recommend that you choose a registered breeder and seek Irish Kennel Club registration papers which will confirm that the dog has been bred to their strict code of ethics.