The Afghan has always been famed for its sophisticated appearance with its impressively thick flowing coat. Beyond its attractive exterior is a powerful and swift dog. It stands 60 to 75 centimetres at the shoulder and weighs around 45 to 60 pounds. The most common colours are black or golden although it also comes in blue, cream, silver, and white. It has an elongated head with dark muzzles, black nose, almond-shaped eyes, and high hip bones.
When it comes to grooming, the Afghan is a high-maintenance hound. To preserve its regal look, its mane requires regular brushing and bathing. It should not only be clean but also mat- and tangle-free. To achieve this, a dog-friendly silky show shampoo, conditioner and styling spray are needed. Remember to bathe it before brushing to avoid hair damage.
When it comes to other grooming routines, cleaning the Afghan Hound’s ear is very important. It has ears that drop, which are highly prone to ear infection. Make sure to clean the ears weekly with a cotton ball and ask a veterinarian to recommend the best ear cleanser to keep ear infections at bay. As well, dental care is also crucial for the Afghan Hound to prevent bacteria and other organisms from attaching to the teeth and causing damage. It is worth noting that this breed is prone to dental problems such as gum disease if teeth are not regularly brushed.