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021808RockyMtnClusterDogPortraitsMP752

SHOT 2/18/08 2:27:52 PM - Portraits of various dogs at the 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Cluster dog show at the National Western Complex in Denver, Co. "Van Halen", a one year-old male Afghan Hound is owned by Kammie LaRose of Colorado Springs, Co. The Afghan Hound is a very old sighthound dog breed. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan, where it was originally used to hunt wolves, foxes, and gazelles. Its local name is T?z?. Other alternate names for this breed are Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound and Kabul Hound. The breed was always thought to date back at least to the pre-Christian era, and recent discoveries by researchers studying ancient DNA have revealed that the Afghan Hound is in fact one of the most ancient dog breeds, dating back for many thousands of years. The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound can be aloof and dignified, but happy and clownish when playing. The dog show features some of the top show dogs in the country and showcases close to 200 different breeds. Some 3,500 dogs and some of the top handlers in the country compete at the event which follows on the heels of Westminster. In a conformation show, judges familiar with specific dog breeds evaluate individual dogs for how well they conform to published breed standards. Conformation shows are also referred to as dog shows or breed shows. Conformation shows are typically held under the auspices of a national kennel club. At the highest levels are Championship or all-breed shows, which have separate classes for the majority of breeds.(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2008)

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SHOT 2/18/08 2:27:52 PM - Portraits of various dogs at the 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Cluster dog show at the National Western Complex in Denver, Co. "Van Halen", a one year-old male Afghan Hound is owned by Kammie LaRose of Colorado Springs, Co. The Afghan Hound is a very old sighthound dog breed. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan, where it was originally used to hunt wolves, foxes, and gazelles. Its local name is T?z?. Other alternate names for this breed are Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound and Kabul Hound. The breed was always thought to date back at least to the pre-Christian era, and recent discoveries by researchers studying ancient DNA have revealed that the Afghan Hound is in fact one of the most ancient dog breeds, dating back for many thousands of years. The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound can be aloof and dignified, but happy and clownish when playing. The dog show features some of the top show dogs in the country and showcases close to 200 different breeds. Some 3,500 dogs and some of the top handlers in the country compete at the event which follows on the heels of Westminster. In a conformation show, judges familiar with specific dog breeds evaluate individual dogs for how well they conform to published breed standards. Conformation shows are also referred to as dog shows or breed shows. Conformation shows are typically held under the auspices of a national kennel club. At the highest levels are Championship or all-breed shows, which have separate classes for the majority of breeds.(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2008)