Breed

Afghan Hound


AKC Grouping
Hound Group
Temperament
  • independent
  • sweet
  • regal

Demeanor
aloof or wary

Choosing the Best Dog Food for an Afghan Hound with a Sensitive Stomach

The Afghan Hound is a dog breed known more by its appearance than by name. It’s a member of the sighthound family, a collection of breeds that hunt with their sight, rather than by smell. It bears more than a passing resemblance to other sighthounds. It's known for its thin build, unusually long legs and neck, and a small head with a long snout. It stands apart from the pack in terms of appearance, however. The Afghan Hound has an iconic coat of fur. It grows long and thick and has a fine, silky texture. The fur hangs down from the body and the fur of the legs can drag the floor, almost like a brush. The long, floppy ears coated in long fur frame its face, which is usually masked in black, to create a striking and almost human look. Maintaining the coat will require a protein-rich dog food, which can create problems in dogs with sensitive stomachs. Be sure to balance out the high protein content of the diet with fiber to better regulate digestion. The Afghan Hound typically has an aloof demeanor, though it can be quite playful, as well. Its appearance and temperament make is a shoe-in for a show dog role, though there are some drawbacks to this. The Afghan Hound is notoriously hard to obedience train. It’s been known to take as many as 80 attempts in some cases to teach the breed a new command, and even then, it’s unlikely to respond to a command on the first call. While it is usually friendly with humans and dogs of comparable size, it may be more aggressive and standoffish with smaller animals due to the high prey drive characteristic of the sighthound family.


Breed

Afghan Hound


AKC Grouping
Hound Group
Temperment
  • independent
  • sweet
  • regal
Demeanor
aloof or wary

The Afghan Hound has an average lifespan of 12 years, which is comparable to other breeds of its size. It’s risk of cancer is higher than average, with cancer being the leading cause of death at 31%. Old age is the second most common cause of death at 20%. The breed is a generally healthy one, though there are some potential medical concerns. It’s prone to allergies, and one of the most common dog allergies is, surprisingly, beef. If your dog seems to experience stomach problems frequently, this may be the reason. Chicken is another common food allergy in dogs.


Energy
energetic
Grooming
daily brushing
Training
typically stubborn
Shedding
infrequently

It’s also worth noting that a dog with a sensitive stomach should avoid gluten, which is a common ingredient in dog treats, especially biscuits, as well as in processed dog foods. The unique shape of the Afghan Hound’s chest and abdomen put it at increased risk of chylothorax, a condition in which chyle fluid leaks into the chest cavity. This can cause a lung-lobe torsion or the hardening of organs as they form scar tissue from damage from the fluids. Emergency surgery may be necessary to treat this condition.


Your trusted veterinarian will be best suited to diagnose potential causes for your Afghan Hound's sensitive stomach. Spot & Tango works together with you and your veterinarian to identify the most suited dog food for your Afghan Hound with a sensitive stomach. Spot & Tango eliminates all the guesswork in selecting dog food by including every ingredient, source and other important details found in our recipes on our website. Knowing the role that healthy ingredients play in developing dog food recipes, Spot & Tango ensures all of our locally sourced beef, lamb & turkey is free of all growth hormones, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Afghan Hounds with sensitive stomach issues especially need the high-quality carbohydrates included in the Spot & Tango recipes. Not unlike humans, Afghan Hounds need a healthy portion of leafy greens and fruits in their diets to aid indigestion and provide critically needed vitamins and nutrients. Owners can have peace of mind knowing that the recipes developed for an Afghan Hound with a sensitive stomach by Spot & Tango are composed of healthy, locally sourced ingredients.


The Spot & Tango promise is a simple one. We aim to provide your dog, and every dog, with the nutrition they need. Commercial dog foods may be processed and contain filler ingredients like sugar and gluten, but we are committed to healthier food built on a foundation of whole, fresh, human-grade ingredients. This includes 100% real meat and a selection of fruits, vegetables, and grains to provide your dog with plenty of protein, as well as other essentials like vitamin C, calcium, fiber, and more. We’ll provide a personalized meal plan for your dog using our proprietary questionnaire to help up determine your dog’s unique needs. Our menu of healthy meals and our questionnaire have been made with the help of medical and nutritional experts and built from the ground up with canine health in mind.