by Dennis Fisher
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This large, very elegant dog standing about 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing from 50 to 60lbs, originated in Egypt. Originally bred for hunting gazelles and leopards, it is capable of great speed and it has the ability to turn very easily. The movement is very graceful. Because of its long silky coat, which can vary in color, and long droopy ears, it is a very handsome animal.
The Afghan carries itself with great aristocratic bearing and is a favorite of fashion photographers who often feature this elegant animal in advertisements with attractive women.
In temperament the dog is inclined to be somewhat aloof with strangers. Although friendly and affectionate with members of the family, the dog is quite content to lie quietly on its own without demanding constant attention from it’s owner. For this reason it has earned the reputation of being the “Philosopher’s dog”.