Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at
and through one. Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness.
Skull : Long, not too narrow with prominent occiput. Well
balanced and mounted by a long «top-knot». Stop : Slight.
Nose: Preferably black, liver permissible in light-coloured dogs.
Muzzle: Long, with punishing jaws.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete
scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth
and set square to the jaws. Level bite tolerated.
Eyes: Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly
triangular, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer.
Ears: Set low and well back, carried close to head. Covered with
long silky hair.
Neck: Long, strong with proud carriage of head.
Back: Level, moderate length, well muscled.
Loin: Straight, broad and rather short.
Croup: Falling slightly away to stern. Hipbones rather prominent
and wide apart.
Chest: A fair spring of ribs and good depth.
Tail: Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in
action. Sparsely feathered.
Forequarters: Forelegs straight and well boned, straight with
shoulder viewed from front.
Shoulders: Long and sloping, well set back, well muscled and
strong without being loaded.
Upper arm: Long and sloping.
Elbows: In profile vertically below the withers. Close to rib
cage, turning neither in nor out.
Pasterns: Long and springy.
Hindquarters: Powerful. Great length between hip and hock with
comparatively short distance between hock and foot.
Stifles: Well bent and well turned.
Dewclaws: May be removed.
Feet: Forefeet strong and very large both in length and breadth,
and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. Pads well down on ground.
Smooth and springy with a style of high order.
Hair: Long and very fine texture on ribs, fore and hindquarters
and flanks. In mature dogs from shoulder backwards and along the saddle,
hair short and close. Hair long from forehead backwards, with a distinct
silky «top-knot». On foreface hair short. Ears and legs well coated.
Pasterns can be bare. Coat must develop naturally.
Colour: All colours acceptable.
Ideal height : dogs 68-74 cm (27-29 ins); bitches 63-69 cm (25-27 ins).
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and
the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in
exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and
welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.