afghan hound breed information
common health issues
These aloof sighthounds may hail from 19th century Afghanistan, but today’s modern version is more closely related to dogs from the UK. In 1907, a dog named “Zardin” (then known as a Persian Greyhound) was brought from India and became the basis for the breed standard in 1912. Breeding came to a standstill during World War I until 1920, when a group of Afghan Hounds was imported from Scotland.
Afghan Hounds have a distinct aristocratic look and sport long silky hair. They are great hunting dogs, using their keen eyesight to guide them, but are more often kept as companion and show dogs here in the US. Afghan Hounds have quite a dignified appearance, but they can clown around like the rest of their canine friends. They are large dogs and require both the space and exercise that all large dogs require. In addition, their beautiful coats require daily maintenance to keep tangles at bay.
Although their keen eyesight may help them avoid trouble, Afghan Hounds are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Afghan Hounds are prone to include joint problems such as medial patellar luxation and elbow and hip dysplasia; spinal conditions such as Afghan myelopathy; thyroid conditions like hypothyroidism; and eye problems such as persistent pupillary membranes and corneal dystrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Afghan Hound inherits more than just a dignified appearance, you’re protected.