This article is from the Afghan Hound Breed FAQ, by Janis Nixon with numerous contributions by others.
Today's Afghan is usually kept as a pet, as coursing live game with
dogs is no longer in vogue. In some countries is totally outlawed.
Afghans are the darling of the dog show world and with their flowing
locks and aloof attitude they are hard to beat as showmen. Some lucky
Afghans have owners who take them lure-coursing, a sport that
simulates the hunt for sighthounds. When an Afghan actually decides
that he like obedience, he can perform with the best.