Hull Live has joined forces with our brand new sister site, TeamDogs, and the fabulous Pooch & Mutt food for dogs company, to find out which dog breed really is the nation’s favourite.
Here, Rich Thompson champions Afghan Hounds and explains exactly why they are the best breed.
If you agree – or disagree – we’ll give you the chance to vote in the search to find the UK’s favourite dog breed.
Head over to teamdogs.co.uk to find out who is at the top of the league table. Remember the rankings will keep changing so do cast your vote.
The breeds with the lowest number votes will end up in the Dog House. The 10 lowest ranking will be eliminated each week until we end up with our worthy winner!
Many of us have taken great pleasure in owning a dog, with the joy and loyalty that comes with them.
However the difference is this relationship when it comes to the Afghan Hound, is that they own you. For some that may not sound as appealing as just sharing your life with “man’s best friend”, however those that have had the fortune to spend time with this most majestic of breeds will fully understand what it means to become enthralled and often bemused by the unique temperament, behaviour and characteristics of this graceful hound.
Whilst not for every circumstance or the faint hearted, the relationship with the Afghan is about as rewarding as it can be, given the time and dedication an owner must apply, both in terms of coat care and overall condition.
What you get with an Afghan Hound is grace and glamour, wrapped with mischief and a keen sense of self will and determination. A personality that will veer from a dignified aloofness one minute, to a playful clown the next. No two days are alike with Afghans, they continue to charm and surprise in equal measure. They reveal skills and abilities they were never taught, at times displaying their instinctive cat burglar and escapology tricks, whilst at others they’ll let you know when it’s your time to do their bidding.
As one of the dogs at the upper end of the independence scale, the Afghan will decide it’s time to come back, responding to any call of its name with a stare back from distance saying “It’s ok dad, I’m fine, be with you when I’m ready”.
As a native hunter, the Afghan is a sight hound and has a keen eye for anything that it notices, wasting no time in going off to explore when allowed. The passage of time has not dulled this instinctive behaviour!
The Afghan Hound forms relationships slowly, taking its time to make friends when encountering someone or something new, but once formed, those bonds will last a lifetime. Equally happy at home or in the show ring, an Afghan Hound will attract attention wherever it goes, turning heads with that silky coat swaying to and fro on a walk.
Having lived with these magnificent creatures for longer than I care to remember now, two things stand out that make them so unique on top of all the things written above. Firstly it’s their innate ability to recognize their own breed, and as result they react differently to other Afghans than they will to any other breed of dog. Secondly it’s the pride they display, both in stature and stance, letting you know that whilst holding court, there can be many subjects, though there is only one ruler!
Take a look at the TeamDogs leaderboard and cast your vote. If your favourite isn’t there, just email us at [email protected] with 200 words telling us how brilliant the breed is and why it deserves to win and we’ll add it to the competition