Ease of Training
He was discovered in Afghanistan in the 19th century
He was brought to England in the later part of the 19th century
Little is known about him prior to the 19th century
It's speculated that he came from ancient Egypt or from Asia
He made his appearance in the United States in 1926
He was primarily used as a coursing hound (a dog that pursues game using sight rather than scent)
The game he hunted included hare, jackals, marmots, snow leopards and wolves
Personality and Behavior
He carries himself with dignity
He's independent natured so don't be surprised if he ignores your commands
He has a reputation of being aloof
He's a strong, powerful dog, very agile and fast on his feet, and has lots of stamina
When he plays he is merry and clowns around
He loves to chase other animals; his prey instinct is high and he will pursue just about any critter that runs by him
He's one of the most difficult breeds to train. You will need lots of patience as he is one of the slowest to learn obedience commands.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His long coat needs to be brushed two or three times a week to keep it free of mats and tangles.
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