Afghan hound


Afghan hound

noun

: a type of tall thin dog with long soft hair

Full Definition of AFGHAN HOUND

:  any of a breed of tall slim swift hunting dogs originating in Afghanistan with a coat of silky thick hair and a long silky topknot

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First Known Use of AFGHAN HOUND

1925

Afghan hound

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Afghan hound—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Breed of dog developed as a hunter in the hill country of Afghanistan. It was brought to Europe in the late 19th century by British soldiers returning from the Indian-Afghan border wars. It hunts by sight, and in Afghanistan it has been used to pursue leopard and gazelle. Its high, wide hipbones are well adapted to rough country. It stands 24–28 in. (61–71 cm) high and weighs 50–60 lbs (23–27 kg). It has floppy ears, a long topknot, and a long silky coat of various colours.

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