General Appearance - Gives the impression
of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head
Characteristics - Eastern or Oriental
expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at and
Temperament - Dignified and aloof,
with a certain keen fierceness.
Head and 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. Nose 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 corner.
Ears - Set low and well back, carried
close to head. Covered with long silky hair.
Mouth - Jaws strong, with a perfect,
regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely
overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level
Neck - Long, strong, with proud carriage
Forequarters - Shoulders long and
sloping, set well back, well muscled and strong without
being loaded. Upper arm long and sloping. In profile this
brings the elbow vertically below the wither. Forelegs straight
and well boned, elbows close to ribcage, turning neither
in nor 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 comparatively short distance between hock and foot.
Dewclaws may be removed.
Feet - Forefeet 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 ground. Hindfeet long, but not quite as broad as
forefeet; covered with long thick hair.
Tail - Not too short. Set on low with
ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered.
Gait/Movement - Smooth and springy
with a style of high order.
Coat - Long and very fine texture
on the ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. In mature
dogs, from the shoulder backwards and along the saddle,
hair short and close. Hair long from the forehead backwards,
with a distinct silky topknot. On the foreface
hair short, ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare.
Coat must develop naturally. Any evidence of clipping or
scissoring should be penalised.
Colour - All colours acceptable.
Size - Ideal height: dogs: 68-74 cms
(27-29 ins); bitches: 63-69 cms (25-27 ins).
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 and its effect upon the health
and welfare of the dog.
Note - Male animals should have two
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.