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UK AFGHAN HOUND BREED STANDARD

AFGHAN HOUND BREED STANDARD (UK)
Last updated October 2009
Previous standards listed below

A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/services/public/breeds/watch for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring.
General Appearance

Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head held proudly.
Characteristics

Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at and through one.
Temperament

Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness.
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.
Eyes

Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly triangular in appearance, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer corner.
Ears

Set low and well back, carried close to head. 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.
Neck

Long, strong, with proud carriage of head.
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.
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.
Hindquarters

Powerful, well bent and well turned stifles. Great length between hip and hock, with comparatively short distance between hock and foot.
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.
Tail

Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered.
Gait/Movement

Smooth and springy with a style of high order.
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.
Colour

All colours acceptable.
Size

Ideal height: dogs: 68-74 cms (27-29 ins); bitches: 63-69 cms (25-27 ins).
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.
Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

PAST AFGHAN HOUND BREED STANDARDS (UK)

&The original 1906 standard from the Indian Kennel gazette (based on Zardin)

Head Resembles that of a deerhound. Skull oval and prominent occiput: little or no stop. A very long punishing jaw of peculiar power

Eyes Keen and dark

Ears Fairly large, well feathered and hanging to the side of the skull rather than carried to the front

Skull Surmounted by a top knot

Neck Long strong and clean, fairly well arched running in a nice curve to the shoulder

Shoulders Long and sloping well laid back

Back Strong, loin powerful and slightly arched. Falls away towards the stern. Well ribbed, tucked up under the loin. Not too narrow in brisket, which is deep, with good girth to chest

Forelegs Great length between elbow (which is straight) and ankle. Forelegs straight and strong and covered with hair

Hindquarters Very powerful, furnished with plenty of muscle. Great length between hip and hock, which is low and strong, a fair bend of stifle

Forefeet Long, fairly broad, well protected with hair

Dew Claws

Hindfeet Hindfeet not so long as forefeet, fairly wide and well protected with hair

Tail Set on low, almost destitute of hair, usually carried low

Coat Thick and fine in texture, showing some undercoat. Well clothed with protective hair on hindquarters, flanks, ribs and forequarters. The coat is shorter on the back

Colour Zardin, light coloured, almost white, with black muzzle

Height at least 26 inches to shoulder

Standard from the afghan hound club 1925-31

Head Skull oval with prominent occiput; jaw long and punishing

Eyes dark

Ears Long, well feathered

Skull Surmounted by a top knot of long silky hair

Neck Long, arched, running in a curve to the shoulder

Shoulders Long and sloping well laid back

Back Strong, loin powerful and slightly arched, falling away towards the stern

Forelegs Straight and strong, great length between elbow, (which is straight) and ankle

Hindquarters Powerful, well muscled, great length between hip and hock, which is low and strong. Fair bend of stifle

Forefeet Very large, both in length and breadth, toes well arched and feet covered with long thick hair, fine in texture

Coat Hindquarters, flanks, ribs and forequarters well covered with long thick hair, very fine in texture. Ears and all four feet well feathered

Height Dogs about 28" bitches 25-26"

Gait Strong and active looking, a combination of speed and power with a graceful outline

First AHA standard 1927-46

Head skull long and not too narrow, with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and little stop, nose usually black, liver no disqualification in lighter dogs

Eyes dark preferred, golden colour no disqualification

Ears long, heavily feathered and carried close to the head

Skull surmounted by a long top knot

Neck Long, strong with proud carriage of head

Shoulders Long and sloping, well set back, well muscled and strong

Back Well muscled the whole length, falling slightly away to the stern. Loin straight broad and rather short, Hip joints rather prominent and wide. A fair spring of ribs and good depth of chest

Forelegs straight, well boned, elbows rather straight

Hindquarters Powerful and strong with plenty of bend to hock and stifle and well under dog

Forefeet Large, toes very long, well arched and heavily feathered

Dew Claws

Hind Feet

Tail set on low and carried gaily with a ring at the end, sparsely feathered

Coat Long, of very fine texture on the ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. From the shoulder backwards along the top of the back the hair is short and close. Hair long from eyes backwards, with distinct silky topknot, on foreface hair is short as on the back. Ears and legs well feathered

Colour any colour

Height Dogs 27=29" Bitches 2-3 inches smaller

Expression dignified aloof and intelligent. In motion his head and tail are carried high: springing gait

Gait The whole appearance of the dog should give the impression of strength and activity, combining speed with power. The object of the dog is to hunt its quarry over very rough and mountainous ground in a country of crags and ravines. For this a compact and well coupled dog is necessary rather than a long loined racing dog whose first quality is speed.

AHA standard 1946 (adopted by KC 1950)

Head skull long and not too narrow with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. Mouth level. Nose usually black, liver no disqualification in lighter dogs

Eyes Dark preferred, golden colour no disqualification. Nearly triangular slanting slightly upwards from the inner corner to the outer

Ears set low and well back, carried close to the head, covered with long silky hair

Skull well balanced and surmounted with a long top knot. Faults - any appearance of coarseness, skull too wide and foreface too short, weak under jaw, large round or full eyes

Neck Long, strong with proud carriage of head. Fault - neck should never be too short or thick

Shoulders long and sloping, well set back, well muscled and strong without being loaded

Back level, moderate length, well muscled and falling away slightly to the stern and hip bones. Loin straight broad and rather short. Hip bones rather prominent and wide apart. A fair spring of ribs and good depth of chest. Faults - too long or too short

Forelegs straight and well boned, straight with shoulder, elbows held in

Hindquarters Powerful, well turned stifles with plenty of bend. Great length between hip and hock with comparatively short distance between hock and foot

Forefeet Strong and very large, both in length and breadth and covered with long thick hair, toes arched. Pasterns long and springy, especially in front and pads well down on ground

Dew claws these may be removed or remain at the discretion of the breeder

Hindfeet long but not quite so broad as forefeet: covered with long thick hair

Tail not too short, set on low with a ring at the end. raised when in action. Sparsely feathered

Coat Long and very fine textured on ribs, fore and hind quarters and flanks. From the shoulder backwards along the saddle the hair is short and close in mature dogs. Hair long from the forehead backwards with a distinct silky top knot. On the foreface hair is short as on the back. Ears and legs well coated. Ankles can be bare. Coat must be allowed to develop naturally.

Colour no colour disqualification. All colours acceptable

Height dogs 27-29" Bitches 2-3 " smaller

Expression The head must be proudly held. Eastern of oriental expression typical of the breed. Should be dignified, aloof with a certain keen fierceness. The afghan look at and through one

Gait smooth and springy, style of high order, great speed, fleet footed, great turning power. The whole appearance of the dog should give the impression of strength and dignity combining speed and power

Note male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum


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