Afghan Hounds are a breed of sighthound that originated in Afghanistan. They are one of the oldest breeds, and they come from ancient stock including Pariah dogs and Greyhounds.
Afghan hounds have been used for hunting by nomadic tribesmen since 500 BC. These huntsmen would take their dog with them on foot, horseback or camel to hunt gazelle, hare and other quarry. The dogs were trained not only to catch prey but also to return it unharmed to its master-an unusual trait among hunting animals in this region where most predators kill their prey before eating it. Afghan hounds are still being used as pack animals today by some tribes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India for transporting goods over long distances. There is a picture of an Arab-style Afghan hound on the cover of the 2001 book, Running with Loneliness by Abdul Latif Hamidi. The author, a poet and journalist, was well known in Afghanistan before he disappeared in 2000 after criticizing the Taliban.
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