If you think you might like to own an Afghan Hound, look for a breeder that wishes to know about your plans before the purchase is made. Such a breeder will likely be able to not only confirm the pedigree of the dog, but may even have a few questions to determine if you understand the needs of the breed. When you find a breeder, try to find a puppy that is slightly larger than the approximate adult size. Even though the Afghan Hound is a delicate looking dog, it is not the fastest of lightly built dogs. This is a dog that will stand between 24 to 29 inches at the withers and weigh from 44 to 59 pounds. Considering that the norm for the breed is to average 22 to 24 inches and weigh 40 to 59 pounds for male dogs and 35 to 49 for female dogs, this means that the potential owners of this breed will be looking to spend a lot of time grooming their dog. This is ideal for someone who is going to be grooming frequently. Afghan Hounds also shed a lot. Brushing the dog for about three times a week is recommended. Compared to the normal seasonal shedding of about one to two percent, the Afghan Hound's shedding will be more like an average mongrel. Dog hair is prone to getting all over the furniture, clothing, and carpeting and licking themselves. This can really get annoying and annoying and the breed is known to dislike this. The color of the coat is considered to be one of the aspects of this breed that makes it so attractive. It has a dense, beautiful, almost ropes-like coat that is slightly harder to groom than the coarse, stray hairs of the Hounds' longhaired cousins. Puppy buyers that are searching for a pup that sits quietly will be pleased to know that the Afghan Hound does not suffer from a bunch of bad habits. It is loyal, affectionate, playful, and curious and very calm. This breed is comfortable with older, considerate children but not with strangers and will not tolerate rough handling by people other than its master. This breed is not a good breed for a first-time dog owner. Afghan Hounds also have the short muzzle and soft ears of the breed standard, but they tend to have bigger appetites than the longer-muzzled varieties. These gentle Hounds also lack an undercoat and therefore, suffers from the consequences of a sticky or wet nose. The owners of these dogs should keep an eye on the nose and clean it regularly. Training the dog is recommended for both the owner and the dog.