This stunning dog originated in Afghanistan, and its original breed name was Tazi. The Afghan Hound is thought to date back to the pre-Christian era, and DNA evidence indicates it is one of the most ancient dog breeds.
The Afghan is a sighthound (he hunts by sight), and an extremely fast and agile runner. The dogs were originally used as shepherds and hunters of deer, wild goats, snow leopards, and wolves. Afghan Hounds were first transported to England in 1925, and then eventually to the U.S. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926.