Hugely popular in the 1970s and now rarely seen, the ridiculously beautiful and ornamental looking Afghan Hound is a large game hunting dog and one of the oldest of the sighthounds; they were reputed to have had a berth on Noah’s Ark. Afghans can gallop at up to 40 miles (64km) an hour and can leap 7 feet (over 2 metres) into the air from a standing position. One of the earliest Afghan Hound breeders was Zeppo Marx and an Afghan was the hero of the What-a-Mess series of children’s books by Frank Muir.

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