Grooming is a major consideration in this profusely coated breed.
Known for being aloof, dignified, and for having a highly individualized personality, Afghan Hounds are prized and loved by their owners as companions and members of their family. However, it is important to take into account that their coat requires regular grooming, and their larger size necessitates regular exercise.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Afghan Hound is a large breed.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Properly fed Afghan Hounds should have gleaming coats and clean teeth. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
A young fuzzy puppy requires minimal grooming, but this will change drastically by the time he is nine months old. This magnificent coat will require frequent baths and thorough grooming. That long flowing coat requires regular attention and brushing to avoid tangles and matting. Keep an eye out for debris and parasites that can get tangled in the hair. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Remember that your Afghan Hound is a sighthound who loves to run and chase things which you may not even see. They require a great deal of exercise. The best place to exercise an Afghan Hound is in a large fenced-in area, where they can run at a full gallop, stretch their legs and turn to do it all over again. If they don’t get enough exercise, they can become bored and destructive in your home. Your own yard should have a six foot fence because Afghan Hounds are also good jumpers. For your walks, a strong leash and a properly fitted slip or martingale collar is a must.
Afghan Hound &HEALTH
As veterinary medicine and its protocols are continually changing, it is suggested you seek a veterinarian who is familiar with sighthounds and their specific needs such as sensitivities with anesthesia. Ask your breeder and other sighthound owners for their recommendations and interview several. Asking questions and building a relationship with a vet before a need arises is the best approach.
Afghan hounds may be affected by bloat, a digestive disorder of the stomach. Make sure to educate yourself about this potentially fatal condition by educating yourself on the symptoms of bloat. Call your veterinarian immediately if you see any symptoms.