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Breed Standard Comparison
AFGHAN HOUND STANDARDS
Description UK Afghan Hound Standard (2009) FCI Afghan Hound Standard (2004) USA Afghan Hound Standard (1946)
General appearance and characteristics Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head held proudly. Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at and through one Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head held proudly  The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainess or coarseness. He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past. The striking characteristics of the breed-exotic, or "eastern"expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent hipbones, large feet and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the stifle due to profuse trouserings-stand out clearly, giving the Afghan Hound the appearance of what he is, a king of dogs, that has held true to tradition throughout the ages.
Temperament Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at and through one. Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness Aloof and dignified, yet gay
Head and skull Skull long, not too narrow, with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. Skull well balanced and mounted by a long ‘top-knot’. Nose preferably black, liver permissible in light-coloured dogs. Skull : Long, not too narrow with prominent occiput. Well balanced and mounted by a long « top-knot ». Stop : Slight. Nose : Preferably black, liver permissible in light-coloured dogs. Muzzle : Long, with punishing jaws  The head is of good length, showing much refinement, the skull evenly balanced with the foreface. There is a slight prominence of the nasal bone structure causing a slightly Roman appearance, the center line running up over the foreface with little or no stop, falling away in front of the eyes there is an absolutely clear outlook with no interference; The occipital bone is very prominent. The head is surmounted by a topknot of long silky hair. Nose is of good size, black in color. .
Eyes Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly triangular in appearance, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer corner. Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly triangular, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer. The eyes are almond-shaped almost triangular, never full or bulgy, and are dark in color.
Ears Set low and well back, carried close to head. Covered with long silky hair. Set low and well back, carried close to head. Covered with long silky hair. The ears are long, set approximately on level with outer corners of the eyes, the leather of the ear reaching nearly to the end of the dog's nose, and covered with long silky hair.
Mouth Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite tolerated. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite tolerated. The underjaw showing great strength, the jaws long and punishing; the mouth level, meaning that the teeth from the upner jaw and lower jaw match evenly, neither overshot nor undershot. This is a difficult. mouth to breed. A scissors bite is even more punishing and can be more easily bred into a dog than a level mouth, and a dog having a scissors bite, where the lower teeth slip inside and rest against the teeth of the upper jaw, should not be penalized
Neck Long, strong, with proud carriage of head. Long, strong with proud carriage of head. The neck is of good length, strong and arched, running in a curve to the shoulder which are long and sloping and well laid back.
Forequarters   Shoulders long and sloping, set well back, well muscled and strong without being loaded. Upper arm long and sloping. In profile this brings the elbow vertically below the wither. Forelegs straight and well boned, elbows close to ribcage, turning neither in nor out.Forearms straight and upright with moderate bladed bone. Front not too wide. Pasterns strong with slight spring. Forelegs straight and well boned, straight with shoulder viewed from front. Shoulders : Long and sloping, set well back, well muscled and strong without being loaded. Upper arm : Long and sloping. Elbows : In profile vertically below the withers. Close to rib cage, turning neither in nor out. Pasterns : Long and springy.. Forelegs are straight and strong with great length between elbow and pastern, elbows well held in; forefeet large in both length and width; toes well arched; feet covered with long thick hair; fine in texture, pasterns long and straight; pads of feet usually large and well down on the ground. Shoulders have plenty of angulation so that the legs are well set underneath the dog. Too much straightness of shoulder causes the dog to break down in the pasterns, and this is a serious fault. All four feet of the Afghan Hound are in line with the body, turning neither in nor out.
Body   Back level, moderate length, well muscled, back falling slightly away to stern. Loin straight, broad and rather short. Hipbones rather prominent and wide apart.A fair spring of ribs and good depth of chest. Loin giving impression of strength and power. . Back : Level, moderate length, well muscled. Loin : Straight, broad and rather short. Croup : Falling slightly away to stern. Hipbones rather prominent and wide apart. Chest : A fair spring of ribs and good depth.p. The back line appearing practically level from the shoulders to the loin. Strong and powerful loin and slightly arched, falling away toward the stern, with the hipbones very pronounced; well ribbed and tucked up in flanks. The height at the shoulders equals the distance from the chest to the buttocks; the brisket well let down, and of medium width.
Hindquarters . Powerful, well bent and well turned stifles. Great length between hip and hock, with comparatively short distance between hock and foot. Powerful. Great length between hip and hock with comparatively short distance between hock and foot. Stifles : Well bent and well turned. Dewclaws : May be removed Hindquarters powerful and well muscled with great length between hip and hock; hocks are well let down; good angulation of both stifle and hock; slightly bowed from hock to crotch. .
Feet . Forefeet strong and very large both in length and breadth, and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. Pasterns long and springy, pads well down on ground. Hindfeet long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair. Forefeet strong and very large both in length and breadth, and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. Pads well down on ground. Hindfeet long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair. The hind feet are broad and of good length; the toes arched, and covered with long thick hair; hindquarters powerful and well muscled with great length between hip and hock; hocks are well let down; good angulation of both stifle and hock; slightly bowed from hock to crotch
Tail Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered. . Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered. . Tail set not too high on the body, having a ring, or a curve on the end; should never be curled over, or rest on the back, or be carried sideways; and should never be bushy.
Gait / movement Smooth and springy with a style of high order. Smooth and springy with a style of high order. When running free, the Afghan Hound moves at a gallop, showing great elasticity and spring in this smooth, powerful stride. When on a loose lead the Afghan can trot at a fast pace; stepping along, he has the appearance of placing the hind feet directly in the foot prints of the front feet, both thrown straight ahead. Moving with head and tail high, the whole appearance of the Afghan Hound is one of great style and beauty.
Coat Long and very fine texture on the ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. In mature dogs, from the shoulder backwards and along the saddle, hair short and close. Hair long from the forehead backwards, with a distinct silky ‘topknot’. On the foreface hair short, ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare. Coat must develop naturally. Any evidence of clipping or scissoring should be penalised. Long and very fine texture on ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. In mature dogs from shoulder backwards and along the saddle, hair short and close. Hair long from forehead backwards, with a distinct silky « top-knot ». On foreface hair short. Ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare. Coat must develop naturally. Hindquarters, flanks, ribs, forequarters, and legs well covered with thick, silky hair, very fine in texture; ears and all four feet well feathered; from in front of the shoulders, and also backwards from the shoulders along the saddle from the flanks and the ribs upwards, the hair is short and close, forming a smooth back in mature dogs-this is a traditional characteristic of the Afghan Hound. The Afghan Hound should be shown in its natural state; the coat is not clipped or trimmed; the head is surmounted (in the full sense of the word) with a topknot of long, silky hair-that is also an outstanding characteristic of the Afghan Hound. Showing of short hair on cuffs on either front or back legs is permissible. .
Colour . All colours acceptable. All colours acceptable All colors are permissible, but color or color combinations are pleasing; white markings, especially on the head, are undesirable. .
Size . Ideal height: dogs: 68-74 cms (27-29 ins); bitches: 63-69 cms (25-27 ins). Ideal height : dogs 68-74 cm (27-29 ins); bitches 63-69 cm (25-27 ins) Dogs, 27 inches, plus or minus one inch; bitches, 25 inches, plus or minus one inch Dogs, about 60 pounds, bitches, about 50 pounds.
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum 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. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum Sharpness or shyness Lack of shorthaired saddle in mature dogs Front or back feet thrown outward or inward; pads of feet not thick enough; or feet too small; or any other evidence of weakness in feet; weak or broken down pasterns; too straight in stifle; too long in hock. Roach back, sway-back, goose rump, slack loin; lack of prominence of hipbones, too much width of brisket causing interference with elbows. Neck too short or too thick; a ewe neck; a goose neck; neck lacking in substance
Disqualifications Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified

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