A swift sighthound, the Afghan hound was discovered by the western world in Afghanistan during the 19th century. The first Afghan hounds were brought to England in the latter part of the 19th century by British military personnel returning from the India-Afghanistan border wars. In its native land, the Afghan hound was the hunting dog of the royal family, pursuing gazelle, snow leopards and hare, while followed by huntsmen on horseback. In America, the Afghan hound has enjoyed success in the show ring and lure coursing, and in spite of its tendency to think for itself, also competes well in obedience and agility.
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