Originated representatives of the Afghan Hound:
Note: The photos and textes come from various sources, collected by Diana Lüdemann.
Pascha Baruchsi Vom Hindukusch Asil Tharsi, 
aka "Pascha",
in the 1970th imported from Afghanistan to Germany.
Sirdar of Ghazni,
in the 1920th imported from Afghhanistan to Great Britain, a famous sire and a foundation dog in much pedigrees.
Zardin (1902),
1907 imported from India to Great Britain, none offspring but sits model for the first written standards.
The Afghan King Emir Habibollah Khan (around 1918), the father of King Amanullah, owned like nearly all Afghan kings, an own royal kennel of Afghan Hounds.

Pascha, bred by this royal kennel (see his pedigree at the bottom of this page), came with the family Vendolsky in the 1970the from Kabul to Germany. 

He gains "Excellent" and placements at dog expositions, was examined by breed specialists regarding his phenotype, was recognized as a representative of the breed (seemed to be pure bred) and got a stud book number (NOT register!!) by the German breed club of Afghan Hounds, the DWZRV. 
His entry in the German stud book (27), 1974/1975 page 217: 
   A 7550 Pascha (Import out of Afghanistan)
   male, birth of date 20.10.1971, color: red
   parents unknown
   allowed to be bred (at stud)
   owner Ivo Vendolsky

Sirdar Sirdar was born in 1923 and imported from Afghanistan by Major and Mrs Amps. Sirdar won the Challenge Certificate at Crufts in 1928 and also in 1930.
In 1923 Major Amps who was stationed in Kabul sent an Afghan Hound named "Khan" to his wife Mary who had remained in India. This Afghan Hound was presented on various Indian dog Shows and had lots of success. In 1924 Mrs. Amps decided to collect other Afghan Hounds in order to found a kennel in Kabul. During this time the prefix "Ghazni" had been granted to the Indian and later to the British Kennel Clubs and the Ghazni hounds were winning CC's in India, at the Rawalpindi, Patiala, Muree and Lahore shows, with their Afghan Hounds Sheik, Gul and Sirdar.
Captain John Barff originally owned Zardin having imported him from India in 1907. Zardin won the Foreign Dog class at Crufts in 1908, 1910 and 1911. Classes for Afghan Hounds were not scheduled at Crufts until 1925. Zardin is important because he was the model for the early Afghan Hound Breed standard. It is reputed that Zardin was even presented to Queen Alexandra at Buckingham Palace. Later, Zardin moved on to a dealer, Shackleton, located in London's Leadenhall Market (the market/area still exists today). Zardin produced some children which apparently all died and neither Zardin or his proginey appear in any Afghan Hound pedigrees anywhere in the world.
Pascha was mated with another imported bitch out of Afghanistan, "Candy", in the Swiss by the kennel "as Karesimir". The breeder was Ruedi Vollmeier, who has been in Afghanistan for a while.

Pascha & Candy

One male out of this litter "Angur vonKaresimir " came to Germany to Dr.phil.G.Schramm and founded the Afghan Kennel  "Angur's" with the bitch Felicia el Keschan. 

The First Worldwar didn't allow much breedings and there were none imports from Afghanistan. After the war around 1920  Major G. Bell Murray and Miss Jean C. Manson imported six or seven Afghans of the desert type to England. Representatives of this desert type was called as «Bell-Muray-Afghansn», whereas the representatives of the mountain type was called «Ghazni- Afghans», reffering to the kennel name of  Mary Amps. This breeder of Afghans shall have get a male from the Afghan king Amanullah in 1925, called  «Sirdar of Ghazni». This male embodied - reffering to the contemporary statements - the ideal of the Afghan Hound. He was a excellent sire and the foundadtion dog of the kennel  «of Ghazni« of Mrs. Ambs' Zuchstätte, as well he's the foundation ancestor of most of today's Afghan Hounds.   Photo below Sirdar and his daughter Susan:
Sirdar & Susan of Ghazni
1926 tobacco trading card:

Ende der letzten und anfangs dieses Jahrhunderts gelangten weitere Windhunde aus Afghanistan nach England. Englische Offiziere, die für die Krone in Afghanistan Militärdienst leisteten, brachten sie mit nach Hause. Captain John Barff war um 1907 Besitzer einer ganzen Gruppe Afghanischer Windhunde des Bergtyps. Aus ihr stach der Rüde «Zardin» hervor, der bei allen Ausstellungen, die er besuchte, als bester Hund seiner Klasse bewertet wurde. «Zardin» diente als Modell für den Standart des Afghanischen Windhundes.
Head studies of Pascha:

During the four years that Mrs. Amps lived in India, she studied the breed closely. Apparently the nucleus of the Ghazni Hounds were obtained from the higher mountainous areas around Kabul and Ghazni, with Khan and possibly Danenda originating from Northern Afghanistan, followed by Sirdar. 

With the arrival in 1925 of the little dog "Sirdar of Ghazni" in the United Kingdom, the Show Scene changed and was influenced thoroughly. Sirdar was bred in the kennel of the king of Afghanistan at that time, King Amir Amanullah. Sirdar was considered as the best Afghan Hound since Zardin, what can not be denied when we look at the pictures of the in those days living Afghan Hounds in Afghanistan.

Mr & Mrs Amps returned to Great-Britain in 1925 and established a kennel at Penn in Staffordshire with four Afghan hounds. Later on they were joined by another group of six hounds. Among this group of 10 the well known Afghan Hounds Roshni, Zarifa, Zulf, Shiren, Khan, Danenda and Sirdar. These Afghans distinguished themselves from the Major Bell Murray Afghan Hounds with their physiques, their angulations and their coat so that in no time this type of Afghan Hound was called the "Ghazni Type". These Afghan Hounds were also called the "Mountain Afghans". Although both type of Afghan Hounds were so different, that even experts talked about two different breeds, they were very soon mixed. Luckily, Sirdar was not only the ideal Afghan hound - as specified by the former Breed Expert, Mr. Han Jüngeling (The Netherlands), but also an excellent stud dog. He became the father of 6 Champions, 3 daughters and 3 sons. 

"Zardin" was described like this: "Zardin" is an afghan of clear colour , almost white , with a black muzzle. His mandibule is longand strong ; his muzzle symmetric. His head resemble to the one of the  deerhound , but with an oval skull and a prominent occiput coby a lot of hair; the ears are very big , good
attached , falling down of both side of the head. The eyes are obscurs , penetrants and quasi no stop.His topline is very strong;a long nec, strong , clean and well arched.The tale is attached down without much coat . He has  good rips ; his legs anteriors are straights and strongs covered with coat,there is a great
distance between the ellbow wich is straight and the metacarpe, the feets of the forelegs are long and big covered with coat . The Ripcage has a great depth. the hindquaters are very strong, which much muscles .There is long distance between the hip-bone and the hock which is short and strong, good angulation ;the
feets are not so long like them of the forelegs but very large and 
protected by coat. 
The body is covered with long fine dense coat  having subcoat which protect the body without the saddle which is short -coated. 
Curiously, with this discription was realised the first standard in 1925 but "Zardin" was sold to  a buisinessman and even if he had had some descendance it was
rescenced. 


The famous portait Sirdar of Ghazni by Daws.

Below the pedigree of Pascha:
(click on it to enlarge)
All our actual Afghan Hounds can be traced back to Sirdar of Ghazni, over a long or short line, but mostly over a short line. Sirdar can be called the most important stud dog of the earlier Afghan Hounds.

In 1926, Robert Leighton wrote in Dog World "Another of Mrs. Amps early acquisitions was Sirdar of Ghazni, a lighter-built fawn dog, regarded by judges as being more distinctly typical than his kennel mate and more closely answering to the standard of points formulated by the Afghan Hound Club on the model of the well-remembered Zardin".

Mr Robert Leighton reported in Our Dogs supplement of December 10, 1926 "It must have been gratifying to Mrs Amps on her return from India to discover that her enterprise in importing a team of Afghan Hounds into this country synchronised with the founding of the Afghan Hound Club
and the official classification of the breed by the Kennel Club".

The first CAC for the breed has been given in 1926 at the Crufts Dog Show. The first breed Champion in 1927 was de dog "Buckmal" bred by Major Bell Murray out of their imported Afghan Hounds "Ooty" and "Pushum" In September 1926 Sirdar of Ghazni won his first CC at the KC Show under Mr Holland
Buckley. Sirdar became a Champion on December 7th, 1927, winning eight CC's in total. Sirdar of Ghazni was the second Breed Champion.

The Ghazni Hounds were ceaselessly campaigned with spectacular success in the show ring. 

from the "Vanity Fair Magazine", April 1918

further informations about Pascha (German language)
(articles of magazines, his litters in the stud books)
 
 

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