Congress Topics


The Dutch AHWC-committee started working on the content of the congress program. It is our aim to offer a varied agenda covering 'was' and 'is' topics. Considering the statements of past congresses we will dedicate a fair portion of time on the SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the breed.
In the coming time we will, for your information, add foreseen and confirmed topics to the below list, timely resulting in a final congress agenda.

  • The congress opening speech will be given by Dutch author and columnist Ms Elfie Tromp who was surrounded by Afghan Hounds all of her live. She will take us into her vision about our passion for Afghan Hounds and the attraction to this extraordinary breed.

  • What is the greatest importance for sighthounds? Yes, being able to typically move!
    Terrence Wilcox from Australia has, since almost two decades, a special interest in the movement of the Afghan Hound. True Afghan Hound gait in various forms is what he will present during this congress. Using the features of digital video, the audience can experience the visualization of how Afghans make use of their unique construction and understand the functional mechanisms. Besides images, the theoretical fundament will -of course- have a place in this presentation.

  • In 2000, during the Australian congress, we heard about the Taigan. Now, many years later, things changed. The Taigan is acknowledged by the German Kennel Club, has a standard and appears on shows. Jutta Rübesam from Germany will take us along her trips to Kirgizistan where she intensively encountered this cousin of the Afghan Hound. She will then do some border hopping and end her presentation with a photo journey of present-day native Afghan Hounds.

  • An 'Open Forum' will be plenary held. The congress committee will present the audience the brainstorm results of the above mentioned SWOT analysis and will thereafter open the floor for discussions. Mr. Michael Canalizo will be the moderator of this highly interesting congress part. To obtain a flavour, we share one of the items per category: Strong point - unique construction; Weak point - loss of natural attitude and appearance; Opportunity - more specialist judges on shows; Threat - insufficient study of the breed by owners.

    For those who did not know yet, 2018 guest country of the 10th Afghan Hound World Congress, the Netherlands, was the first continental country in Europe where Afghan Hounds appeared. In 1927, two years after Sirdar of Ghazni came to England and six years after the Bell-Murray imports, the first Afghan Hounds were imported into the Netherlands.

    The parents of one Mr. Han Jüngeling, aged 17 years and later worldwide acknowledged sighthound judge, granted him to import two Afghan Hounds, both Bell-Murray type, in 1927. Later that same year he imported the first Ghazni. A few years thereafter more Ghazni (type) companions were welcomed in their Barukzhy's kennel. Most of the offspring stayed in the Netherlands. The meaning of this kennel cannot be overlooked and therefore one of the three in this pioneer overview. Not just because the owners, Mr. Jüngeling and his mother imported the first Afghan Hounds into the Netherlands, they also created a strong Ghazni-type strain, also quite a few black & tan and sold the powerful Afghan dog Barukzhy's Khan to Ms. Eta Pauptit who used him as founding father for her 'van de Oranje Manege' kennel. Barukzhy's last Afghan Hound litter was born in 1967. Mr. Willem Buitenkamp from the Netherlands will present this kennel to the congress.

    Say 'van de Oranje Manege' (VDOM) in the Afghan Hound scene and many eyes start shining. This Dutch kennel started in 1938 and had from the very start an exploding success. Ms. Eta Pauptit had an eye for the breed and a long range of winning dogs was the result. One after the other splendid dog came to the most prestigious European shows and took the wins. She had, as horse fancier and successful amazon been busy with animals already and breeding dogs was a natural continuation in her life. Dealing with this exotic breed with its special personality was quite well entrusted to her. The 'van de Oranje Manege' breeding was so consistent that years later, even until now, people still speak about the VDOM-type. Eta Pauptit stopped breeding Afghans in 1971 but her heritage is great. In the Netherlands 'El Kharaman' of Mrs. Grevelt-Kruize continued her work mostly and the VDOM-exports to many countries in the world can still be detected in their pedrigees. Mr. Ed Grevelt also from the Netherlands will present this kennel to the congress.

    The most influential German kennel is without doubt 'von Katwiga', established by Mrs. Erika Rödde. She was, by the way, a panel speaker during the second world congress in San Diego in 1995. However, 'von Katwiga', situated not far from the Netherlands, had surely a certain importance for the Dutch Afghan Hound world. Erika Rödde's stud dogs were used for breeding and also quite a few of her pups found their way to Dutch fanciers. The first Afghan Hound from old German lines entered the Rödde home in 1956. The year after, Erika and her husband visited Eta Pauptit, resulting in a firm surrender for this type. Think of an interesting chain here: 'Barukzhy' produced the founding father of Eta Pauptit's kennel, who -in turn- produced the founding mother of 'von Katwiga', because in 1960, after a year waiting, Erika Rödde acquired Yasmin van de Oranje Manege who's litters (the first in 1963) were the solid foundation for further breeding of her beloved type. More than a hundred definitive champions were bred by Mrs. Rödde, as of 1996 together with daughter Silvia who then became co-owner of the kennel. Their breeding stopped in 2010. Mrs. Wilfriede Schwerm-Hahne from Germany will present this kennel.

  • Mrs. Jeanne van Bezuydenhout, coming from South Africa will inform the congress about her excellent experiences with feeding raw food. That diet is based on the biological fact that dogs are carnivores and through that she strives for optimal health and longevity.

  • A specific Afghan Hound health issue is planned.

  • Applications for the following congress are open and if more than one comes in, the congress will discuss the bids and make a decision.

  • Of course will breed specific features have their place on the agenda.
    More details to follow.