Afghan Hound Grooming

Afghan Hound Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 25 – 28kg (55 – 62lbs).
Female – 23 – 25kg (51 – 55lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 66 – 73cm (26 – 29in).
Female – 63 – 69cm (25 – 27in).

Coat:
Long, thick, fine coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
6 – 8 puppies.

Afghan Hound Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
The first secret to Afghan Hound grooming is that they require daily brushing from a very early age.  The reason for this is twofold: both to remove the quickly-shed puppy hair that can cause matting problems as they age, as well as to get them used to the daily process of brushing.  Because of their long coat, Afghans require regular brushing so that it remains in top condition and this can take up a large portion of an owner’s time.  Afghan Hound coat care consists of keeping their long coats silky and untangled.  You don’t have to cut their hair very often as their long, gorgeous coats are meant to grow out like a horse’s mane although, if it does need cutting, it is best to visit a professional for this stage of Afghan Hound grooming.

As with all breeds, Afghan Hound grooming may also need to incorporate bathing from time to time.  This can be done at home, although some may find it difficult because of the length of the coat.  If you are doing it at home, be sure to use a specialised dog shampoo so that the natural oils in the fur aren’t destroyed.  Before bathing the coat must be brushed to remove mats and tangles.  After bathing, you must thoroughly dry the coat using an item like the Parlux 3200 Ceramic Ionic Hand Dryer while brushing to ensure it looks its best.  Otherwise your Afghan Hound grooming may be wasted.

Part of any Afghan Hound grooming can also include health check-ups.  In particular, you should pay attention to their ears.  Because they are so long, they may frequently get wet when your dog sniffs the ground or has a drink, making them more susceptible to infection.  To stop such events, you may wish to use a Snood which will keep your Afghan Hounds ears out of the way.  Still, it is vital to check your dog’s ears for signs of infection and to gently remove any stray hairs with a pair of scissors or Ear Tweezers.  Regularly including this as part of Afghan Hound grooming will help keep your dog in top condition.

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