We’re blessed to have so many great dog breeds around the world. I think you’ll agree with me when I say…
There are many other dogs native to Asia that we don’t have in America. All are unique, amazing, and have plenty to offer society.
Today we will explore the 2 Afghanistan dog breeds.
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1. Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is a breed originating in Afghanistan and has a unique, elegant appearance.
The female Afghan stands approximately 25 inches tall, while the male stands slightly taller, averaging 27 inches.
The Afghan has a very regal appearance, with a proud carriage and long, silky coat.
The Afghan Hound has a long, narrow head and muzzle, with long ears often covered up by even longer fur.
The coat of the Afghan Hound is long, fine, and silky and comes in shades of black, red, cream, blue, brindle, domino, white, or black and tan.
Afghan puppies don’t resemble their adult parents; instead, they are born with short, fluffy hair. After about one year, the coat begins to shed, and the longer, glossy fur starts to grow in its place.
Personality and Temperament
The Afghan Hound is a strong-willed and independent breed and is fiercely brave, but at times also very timid.
This breed tends to bond closely with one person, and though they are not aggressive or dominant, they often come off as indifferent to outsiders or strangers.
Because of this indifference, Afghans are not the best Asian dog breeds for guarding the home. In other words, they do not make good watchdogs.
Because an Afghan dog is such an independent thinker, it can be challenging to train. They do not possess a strong desire to please their owners, nor are they strongly motivated by food.
They can often be stubborn and uncooperative, even for the most confident owners.
While some large Asian breeds of dogs require firm, dominant owners, the Afghan may become withdrawn with such handling. They do best with gentle handling and a lot of patience.
The breed does not require a lot of exercise and is often described as both quiet and lazy.
The Afghan hound breed is a member of the sighthound family and was originally bred in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan by the nomads
Sadly, much of the history of the Afghan breed has been lost in time, but it is well known that they were often used in the past for chasing down both large and small game.
British soldiers first brought the breed out of the Middle East in the 19th century, and the AKC first recognized them in 1926.
The breed reached its peak popularity in the 1970s when it became known for its sense of regalness and glamour.
Despite their history as hunters, the breed is mostly now kept as house pets and show dogs. It is well known in the Middle East, as well as in North America.
2. Kuchi Dog
The Kuchi is a large breed of large-boned dog with a massive head. They stand between 32-41 inches in height and weigh anywhere between 84-176 pounds.
The large variety in weight of the Kuchi dog is because they come in three different types:
- mountain-types- Have bigger boned, and has medium to long length fur.
- Steppe-types are lighter in bone structure and have short to medium-length fur,
- desert types- and the desert type has a short, dense coat with a woolen undercoat.
All varieties come in several colors, including red, fawn, grey, and black, and are often described as looking like “lions.”
Despite their varieties, each type of Kuchi dog generally has cropped ears that sit close to their head, along with docked tails.
Personality and Temperament:
The Kuchi is a fierce, courageous, and strong breed of dog that makes an excellent guardian and protector.
The breed is exceptionally gentle and loyal to its owner but can be very suspicious of strangers.
The Kuchi is a “pack” breed of dog, can be very territorial, and often sees outsiders as threats.
When confronted with a predator, they will be fearless to death.
For this reason, it’s essential to socialize your Kuchi at a young age to avoid any aggression towards strangers and to help them determine the difference between a stranger and a threat.
Because they are so territorial, the Kuchi often do not do well with other pets and do not make good companions at the dog park.
The breed is very athletic, agile, and fast and is happiest when given a job.
In history, the Kuchi was bred for protecting livestock and guarding against thieves, so they do best in areas with lots of room to roam.
They are not suited for the usual Western way of life in a family home and are not recommended as family companions.
The Kuchi breed was first discovered by the Kochis or Kuchis people and was used by Afghanistan nomads to guard their caravans against thieves and their livestock against predators.
From the centuries that they spent traveling as nomads, the Kuchi dog developed to be very self-sufficient, able to catch their food and adapt to a variety of different terrains and climates.
Unfortunately, the exact origins and ancestry of the Kochi are unknown, as are the precise dates on which they were first discovered.
However, some people believe that the Kuchi is a close relative to the Central Asian Ovcharka.
The breed is higher in numbers throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan but rare throughout the rest of the world.