Afghan Hound

Developed in Afghanistan (from ancient lines, likely Egyptian), the Afghan Hound was bred to hunt large game, pursuing his prey by sight, in both mountains and deserts. This sighthound’s widely spaced, freewheeling hip joints enabled it to travel with agility and speed to bring down prey ranging from deer and antelope to wolves and snow leopards. Their remarkable coat protects them against weather extremes.

Today the Afghan is a companion dog, although his speed and athleticism show up in lure coursing and tracking. With a flowing silky coat and exotic features, the Afghan Hound is the model/actress of the dog world, admired for its beauty, grace and flashy style.

While the Afghan loves his family and is generally calm with older children, some Afghans may be nervous around unpredictable and/or small children. Similarly, while Afghans are social with the family’s dogs in general, they are wary of strangers and may chase newcomers, dogs and cats alike, off their property with exuberance.

Training an Afghan takes perseverance. The breed is not especially obedient and often quite skeptical about the value of human requests. Like most hounds, the Afghan is an independent thinker, bred to hunt and think for themselves.

A fenced yard helps protect the Afghan from his own instinctive prey drive. Apartment life isn’t ideal for Afghans, although arguably they are relaxed indoors. Outdoors, the Afghan needs space to gallop. And gallop they will. Good luck to the yard’s rabbits.

About Afghan Hounds

  • Aristocratic
  • Fluid, with a touch of the exotic
  • Mind of their own

Should I get an Afghan Hound?

Terrific for a person who:

  • Delights in a free-thinking canine friend.
  • Values speed for lure coursing, beauty for show, and a princely companion.
  • Enjoys a few cat traits in their dog (Afghans want attention on their terms!).

Think twice if you’re a person who:

  • Finds grooming tedious after a mere 5 minutes of work.
  • Takes it sadly to heart if his dog ignores training commands.
  • Adores a breed that will, forsaking all distractions, live and breathe only for him.

Afghan Hound Grooming
Grooming wimps beware. The Afghan’s coat is far from low maintenance. Owners must commit to regular and extensive brushing and combing to maintain the Afghan’s exquisite coat.

The Afghan Hound Standard Look
Standing about 25 to 27 inches at the shoulders, the Afghan is a large dog. They are noted for their thick, silky hair that can comes in a variety of colors. With prominent hipbones and large feet, the breed should have an appearance of dignity and aloofness with striking and exotic characteristics.

Possible Afghan Health Concerns
Bloat, hip dysplasia, cataract and necrotic myelopathy. Afghan hounds are also sensitive to anesthesia.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Any color or combination of colors.

Thick, silky, fine hair with feathering on ears and feet.


Bathe and brush frequently.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Hound Group
UKC Group:
25 to 27 inches at the shoulder
50 to 60 pounds
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