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RNSWCC Official Lecture to the Judge's Training Scheme
Wendye Slatyer (Calahorra Afghan Hounds, Australia)
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AFGHAN HOUND    As this is an Australian publication, references in general
BREED STANDARD  will be relative to the wording of the standard currently
                in force here, which is basically the pre l987 English HOUND
                standard However, we are very fortunate that in fact the
                variations specified by the BREED American and FCI standards
                are only minor and irrelevant to a universal understanding
                of our breed being more a matter of interpretation than of
                actual Difference from STANDARD one country to another.

GENERAL         The gait of the Afghan Hound should be smooth and springy
APPEARANCE      with a style of high order. The whole appearance of the dog
                should give the impression of strength and dignity combining
                speed and power. The head must be held proudly.

CHARACTERISTICS The Afghan Hound should be dignified and aloof with a certain 
                keen fierceness. The Eastern or Oriental expression is typical 
                of the breed. The Afghan looks at and through one.

TEMPERAMENT     The Afghan Hound should be dignified and aloof with a certain
                keen fierceness.

HEAD AND SKULL  Skull long, not too narrow with a prominent occiput. Foreface 
                long with punishing jaws and slight stop. The skull well 
                balanced and surmounted with a long top-knot. Nose preferably 
                black but liver is no fault in light coloured dogs.

EYES            Should be dark for preference but golden colour is not debarred.
                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

MOUTH           Level.

NECK            Long, strong with proud carriage of the head.

FOREQUARTERS    Shoulders long and sloping, well set back, well 
                muscled and strong without being loaded. Forelegs straight and
                well boned, straight with shoulder, elbows held in.

BODY            Back level, moderate length, well muscled, the back falling 
                slightly away to the stern. Loin straight, broad and rather 
                short. Hip-bones rather prominent and wide apart. A fair 
                spring of rib and good depth of chest.

HINDQUARTERS    Powerful, well bent and well turned stifles. Great length 
                between hip and hock with a comparatively short distance 
                between the hock and the foot. The dew claws may be removed or
                allowed to remain at the discretion of the breeder.

FEET            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 the ground.
                Hindfeet long, but not quite so broad as the 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.

GAIT/MOVEMENT   The gait of the Afghan hound should be smooth and springy with 
                a style of high order. The head must be held proudly. The tail 
                is raised when in action.

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

COLOURS         All colours are acceptable.

SIZE            Ideal height: Dogs 68 to 74 cm (27 to 29 inches), Bitches 5 
                to 8 cm ( 2 to 3 inches) smaller.

FAULTS          Any appearance of coarseness. Skull too wide and foreface too 
                short. Weak underjaw. Large round or full eyes. Neck should 
                never be too short or thick. Back too long or too short.

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

Afghan Hound Australia Spring 1996

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