Afghan Hound Club of America
Recommended Practices of the Afghan Hound Club of America
To encourage the organization of independent local Afghan Hound Specialty Clubs in those areas where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed.
Afghan Hound Specialty Clubs in your area
To urge members and breeders to be guided by the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club and to accept it as the only standard of excellence by which the Afghan Hound is to be judged.
Afghan Hound AKC Breed Standard
Profiles: Our Newest Members
I pride myself in being an owner-handler. Since acquiring my first Afghan, I have finished six champions, two of which finished with specialty majors owner handled and one also being a UKC multiple Best In Show winner. I finished my Beauceron that I showed, owner-handled, to Award of Merit at Westminster.
I have worked in veterinary medicine for over a decade as a technician. I am very passionate about health testing. CHIC numbers are a must for dogs in my household and are very beneficial for the breed as whole. I intend to contribute to the breed through public awareness and education, and show my passion and love for the breed by staying true to the breed standard.
The siring power of the Coastwind stud force produced nearly 250 AKC Champions of record during that period in the breed often referred to as "The Golden Age of Afghan Hounds" - a time when breed entries and population were the highest on recordand remains unparalleled competition to the present day. Most American kennels today can boast of having Coastwind in their pedigrees.
In other sighthound breeds, Mr. Souza has bred Saluki Champions, an all breed B.I.S. winning Whippet and a National Specialty winning Whippet.
As a judge, Mr. Souza has had the privilege of evaluating and critiquing sighthounds in Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Canada, England and most recently the 2017 AHCA National Specialty. He is a founding member and past President of the Monterey Bay Afghan Hound Club and past Vice President and Show Chairman of Del Monte Kennel Club. We look forward to his involvement in the AHCA.
I began my love affair with this breed back in the Bicentennial year of 1976, when I saw a little apricot puppy girl in a pet shop window. (I didn’t know any better back then). Anyway, even though I was still an undergrad, I bought the little puppy and named her Arrow (from the‘Me and my Arrow” song). She was the love of my life, and she was SCENTED! A year later, I got her a friend, a black and tan girl named Sheba (Arlidaca’s Bathsheba).
When I met my husband Bill in 1982, I had the 2 Affies and he had 2 mutleys and a cat. Quite a full house to start with!
Anyway, once the (human) kids came along and the Affies passed, we “just” had long haired mini dachshies and mutleys for many years.
Fast forward to 2009, and we were nearly dogless. Now was the time to go back to my first love….. so I drove to MD in the snow to get my cream baby LilliBelle (UKC CH. Chandhara’s The Wind in Her Hair). Lilli is a little temperamental, but she is an absolute love bug to those she knows well.
Of course one cannot just have one Afghan….so in 2016 I saw a video of a little domino boy all the way over in Scotland. His little face spoke to me, so I had him sent over by air. He is June Leitch’s breeding (Ch. Khamis Rainbow Warrior), my Alistair…
That’s my story so far….
I’m a psychotherapist and Alistair is my co-therapist with most of my clients.
Bill, Liili, Ali and I share our home in CT with an Afghan wanna-be named Bentley.
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