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The current UK Afghan Hound Breed Standard (revised, re-issued 1986)


    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, 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, well set back, well muscled and strong without being loaded. Forelegs straight and well boned, straight with shoulder; 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. Dewclaws may be removed.

    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 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.

    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.

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

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