Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Afghanistan.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Sighthound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 1Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds
Without working trial

KC
Hound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The first Afghans arrived in Britain in the early 1900s and one, called Zardin, won in spectacular style at the 1907 Crystal Palace show in London. The breed is also known as the Tazi, supporting its resemblance to a Russian breed of that name. One of the typical sighthounds of the world, the Afghan - who, as his name implies, comes from the mountains of Afghanistan - is a hunter and will chase if given opportunity. Nowadays also a glamorous show dog which must combine strength and dignity with a long, silky coat as well as having an Oriental expression.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head held proudly.
KC
Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head held proudly.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at and through one.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at and through one. Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness.
KC
Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness.

HEAD

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KC
Skull long, not too narrow, with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. Skull well balanced and mounted by a long ‘top-knot’. Nose preferably black, liver permissible in light-coloured dogs.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Long, not too narrow with prominent occiput. Well balanced and mounted by a long “top-knot”.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Preferably black, liver permissible in light-coloured dogs.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long, with punishing jaws.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite tolerated.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite (pincer bite, edge to edge) tolerated.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly triangular in appearance, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer corner.
KC
Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly triangular in appearance, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer corner.

Ears

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FCI
Set low and well back, carried close to head. Covered with long silky hair.
KC
Set low and well back, carried close to head. Covered with long silky hair.

NECK

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FCI
Long, strong with proud carriage of head.
KC
Long, strong, with proud carriage of head.

BODY

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KC
Back level, moderate length, well muscled, back falling slightly away to stern. Loin straight, broad and rather short. Hipbones rather prominent and wide apart.A fair spring of ribs and good depth of chest.

Back

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FCI
Level, moderate length, well muscled.

Loin

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FCI
Straight, broad and rather short.

Croup

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FCI
Falling slightly away to stern. Hipbones rather prominent and wide apart.

Chest

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FCI
A fair spring of ribs and good depth.

TAIL

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FCI
Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered.
KC
Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders long and sloping, set well back, well muscled and strong without being loaded. Upper arm long and sloping. In profile this brings the elbow vertically below the wither. Forelegs straight and well boned, elbows close to ribcage, turning neither in nor out.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long and sloping, set well back, well muscled and strong without being loaded.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Long and sloping.

Elbow

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FCI
In profile vertically below the withers. Close to rib cage, turning neither in nor out.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Forelegs straight and well boned.

Pastern

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FCI
Long and springy.

FEET

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KC
Forefeet strong and very large both in length and breadth, and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. Pasterns long and springy, pads well down on ground. Hindfeet long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair.

Forefeet

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Strong and very large both in length and breadth, and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. Pads well down on ground.

Hind feet

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FCI
Long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair; toes arched. Pads well down on ground.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Powerful. Great length between hip and hock, with comparatively short distance between hock and foot.
KC
Powerful, well bent and well turned stifles. Great length between hip and hock, with comparatively short distance between hock and foot.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent and well turned.

HIND LEGS

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GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Smooth and springy with a style of high order.
KC
Smooth and springy with a style of high order.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Long and very fine texture on ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. In mature dogs from shoulder backwards and along the saddle, hair short and close. Hair long from forehead backwards, with a distinct silky “top-knot “. On the foreface hair short. Ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare. Coat must develop naturally. Any evidence of clipping or scissoring should be penalized.
KC
Long and very fine texture on the ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. In mature dogs, from the shoulder backwards and along the saddle, hair short and close. Hair long from the forehead backwards, with a distinct silky ‘topknot’. On the foreface hair short, ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare. Coat must develop naturally. Any evidence of clipping or scissoring should be penalised.

COLOUR

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FCI
All colours acceptable.
KC
All colours acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height: dogs: 68-74 cms (27-29 ins); bitches: 63-69 cms (25-27 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 68 – 74 cms.
Females 63 – 69 cms.

FAULTS

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FCI
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.
KC
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 dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.