The Standards 
of the Afghan Hound

continuing with part 3

HEAD; SKULL:  Skull long, not too narrow with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. Skull well balanced and mounted by a long top-knot. Nose preferably black, liver permissible in light coloured dogs. Head and Skull:  Skull long, not too narrow with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. The skull well balanced and surmounted with a long top-knot. Nose preferably black but liver is no fault in light coloured dogs.
HEAD:  The head is of good length, showing much refinement, the skull evenly balanced with the foreface. There is a slight prominence of the nasal bone structure causing a slightly Roman appearance, the center line running up over the foreface with little or no stop, falling away in front of the eyes there is an absolutely clear outlook with no interference. The occipital bone is very prominent. The head is surmounted by a topknot of long silky hair.
NOSE:  Nose is of good size, black in color.
FAULTS:  Coarseness; snipiness; exaggerated Roman nose; head not surrmounted with topknot.
1.) In general the judges say about her head:
excellent head and expression or as well often
very beautiful head and expression or simply
the common phrases
correct/typical/good head
2.) Variations of the summed-up phrases above:
entirely maginificent head and expression
excellent head in all details,
elegant head with good balance of skull and muzzle, strong head,

wonderful feminin head
very beautiful head with Oriental expression,
in all points correct, fitting to her type.
3.) Single aspects and details emphasized:
strong jaws, (very) dark pigmentation,
elegant, powerful,
very pleasing, well-shaped.
Note: Her prominent occiput isn't mentioned in any judges' critique. It goes without saying, doesn't need a special notice in this broader skulled head type.
Shiras Kopf
Kopf von oben

Shiras Kopf
More pictures of Shira's head development of the puppy see here (my website about color genetics).

The head of my second bitch, Nothing Compares 2 U of Meadow Valley: 
        Long slender foreface,            wedge-shaped,       wedge-shape from front.
              sweet beauty                   attentive companion             keen hunter

Pictures of Gene's head development of the puPpy see here.

EYES: Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly triangular, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer. EYES: Should be dark for preference but golden is not debarred. Nearly triangular, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to the outer.
EYES: The eyes are almond-shaped almost triangular, never full or bulgy, and are dark in color.
FAULTS:  Eyes round or bulgy or light in color.
1.) Mostly is stated the common phrase:
dark eye, as well sometimes well set-in.
2.) Variations of the general statements above:
middle-brown, beautiful, but also once
perfectly inserted dark eyes.

EARS: Set low and well back, carried close to head.  Covered with long silky hair. Ears: Set low and well back, carried close to the head.  Covered with long silky hair
EARS:  The ears are long, set approximately on level with outer corners of the eyes, the leather of the ear reaching nearly to the end of the dog's nose, and covered with long silky hair.
1.) Few mentions of ears in her judges-critiques:
(middle) length,
correct/well set-on,
good set-on of ears.

MOUTH: Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissors bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square on the jaws.  Level bite tolerated. MOUTH: 
MOUTH: The underjaw showing great strength, the jaws long and punishing; the mouth level, meaning that the teeth from the upner jaw and lower jaw match evenly, neither overshot nor undershot. This is a difficult. mouth to breed. A scissors bite is even more punishing and can be more easily bred into a dog than a level mouth, and a dog having a scissors bite, where the lower teeth slip inside and rest against the teeth of the upper jaw, should not be penalized. 
FAULTS:  overshot or undershot.
1.) In the  vast majority the simple remarks are:
complete/full scissors.
2.) Variations of the common phrases above:
perfect/entire/correct dentition.
Shiras Kiefer
2x Shira und 1x Gene (right, bottom)
Shiras Kiefer

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