FCI STANDARD # 228/20.10.1988

THE AFGHAN HOUND

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 you.

TEMPERAMENT:

Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness.

HEAD & 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". Onose 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.

EARS:

Set low and well back, carried close to head. Covered with long silky hair.

MOUTH:

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissors bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square on 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 viewed from front; elbows close to rib cage, not turned in or 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 comperatively short distance between hock and foot. Dew claws may be removed.

FEET:

Forefoot 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 the ground. Hindfeet long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair.

GAIT/MOVMENT:

Smooth and springy with style of high order.

TAIL:

Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered.

COAT:

Long and very fine texture on ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. In mature dogs from the shoulder backwards and along the saddle hair short and close. Hair long from forehead backwards, with a distinct silky "top-knot". On the foreface hair short. Ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare. Coat must develope naturally.

COLOUR:

All colours acceptable.

SIZE:

Ideal height: dogs 68 - 74 cm (27 - 29 in), bitches 63 - 69 cm (25 - 27 in).

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:

Males should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum

Approved by the General Assembly on 23 and 24 June 1987 in Jerusalem.