UK Afghan Hound Breed Clubs

Afghan Hound Association Website
Afghan Hound Club of Wales Website
Afghan Hound Club of Scotland Website
East Of England Afghan Hound Club Website
Midland Afghan Hound Club Website
Northern Afghan Hound Society Website
North Eastern Afghan Hound Society Website
Southern Afghan Club Website
Western Afghan Hound Club Website
Yorkshire Afghan Hound Society Website
Birmingham Afghan Hound Club Website
Afghan Hound Club of Northern Ireland Facebook Group

USA Afghan Hound Breed Clubs

Afghan Hound Association of Long Island
Afghan Hound Club of America, Inc. Website Pictures
Afghan Hound Club of Austin Website
Afghan Hound Club of California
Afghan Hound Club of Central Indiana, Inc.
Afghan Hound Club of Dallas
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Chicago Website
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Columbus
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Denver, Inc.
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Houston
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Milwaukee
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Phoenix
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Portland
Afghan Hound Club of Memphis
Afghan Hound Club of Northern New Jersey
Afghan Hound Club of Oklahoma City, Inc.
Afghan Hound Club of Omaha
Afghan Hound Club of South Florida
Afghan Hound Club of Southern New Jersey
Afghan Hound Club of Southwestern Ohio
Afghan Hound Club of St. Louis
Carolina Afghan Hound Club Website
Colonial Afghan Hound Club, Inc. Website
Evergreen Afghan Hound Club Website
Finger Lakes Afghan Hound Club
Great Salt Lake Afghan Hound Fanciers
Greater Detroit Afghan Hound Club, Inc. Website
Greater Pittsburgh Afghan Hound Club
Greater Twin Cities Afghan Hound Club, Inc. Website
Lehigh Valley Afghan Hound Association
Midwest Afghan Hound Club Website
Monterey Bay Afghan Hound Club
New Orleans Afghan Hound Club
Northern California Afghan Hound Club Website
Nutmeg Afghan Hound Club
Potomac Afghan Hound Club
Richmond Afghan Hound Club
Sand 'N' See Afghan Hound Club of Florida
Southern Arizona Afghan Hound Association
Suncoast Afghan Hound Club of Florida
Tara Afghan Hound Club, Inc. Website
Tidewater Afghan Hound Club Website

European Afghan Hound Breed Clubs

Afghan Hounds of Norway Website
Swedish Afghan Hound Club Website
Finnish Afghan Hound Club Website
Sighthound Club of Denmark Website

Afghan Hound Breed Standard (Australia)

General Appearance

The gait of the Afghan Hound should be 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. The head must be held proudly.

Characteristics

The Afghan Hound should be dignified and aloof with a certain keen fierceness. The eastern or oriental expression is typical of the breed. The Afghan looks at and through one.

Temperament

The Afghan Hound should be dignified and aloof with a certain keen fierceness.

Head And Skull

Skull long, not too narrow with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. The skull well balanced and surmounted by a long "top knot". Nose preferably black, but liver is no fault in light coloured dogs.

Eyes

Should be dark for preference, but golden colour is not debarred. Nearly triangular, slanting slightly upwards from the inner corner to the outer.

Ears

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

Mouth

Level.

Neck

Long, strong with proud carriage of the head.

Forequarters

Shoulders long and sloping, well set back, well muscled and strong without being loaded. Forelegs straight and well boned, straight with shoulder, elbows held in.

Body

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

Hindquarters

Powerful, well bent and well turned stifles. Great length between hip and hock with a comparatively short distance between hock and foot. The dewclaws may be removed or remain at the discretion of the breeder.

Feet

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

Tail

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

Gait/Movement

The gait of the Afghan Hound should be smooth and springy with a style of high order. The head must be held proudly. The tail is raised when in action.

Coat

Long and very fine texture on ribs, fore- and hindquarters and flanks. From the shoulder backwards and along the saddle, the hair should be short and close in mature dogs. Hair long from the forehead backward, with a distinct silky "top knot". On the foreface the hair is short, as on the back. Ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare. Coat must be allowed to develop naturally.

Colour

All colours are acceptable.

Sizes

Ideal height: Dogs 68-74 cms (27-29 ins)
Bitches 5-8 cms (2-3 ins) smaller.

Faults

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.

Notes

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

Last updated: 05 Aug 2009