Which breed of dog is this?
The Afghan Hound is a hound that is distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end. The breed is selectively bred for its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. They are also 69 centimeters (27 inches) tall and weigh up to 27 kilograms (65 lbs). Once out of Afghanistan, the history of the Afghan Hound breed became entwined with that of the very earliest dog shows and the Kennel Club (UK).
The spectacular beauty of Afghan Hound dogs caused them to become highly desirable show dogs and pets, and they are recognized by all of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world. The Afghan Hound breed is no longer used for hunting, although it can be seen in the sport of lure coursing. This type of dog requires a lot of care and grooming.
The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound can be aloof and dignified, but happy and clownish when it's playing. This breed, as is the case with many sighthounds, has a high prey drive and may not get along with small animals. The Afghan Hound can be a successful competitor in dog agility trials as well as an intuitive therapy dog and companion. Genomic studies have pointed to the Afghan Hound as one of the oldest of dog breeds.