Afghan Hound

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Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound have the reputation of intelligence and obedience. Many of Afghan Hounds are almost white, while some are white with islands of red or black.They usually have shorter-haired saddle on its back, special features of The fine-textured and long coat Afghan Hounds. They need regular brushing and considerable care. Also they need enough exercises to keep themselves healthy.

Other Names Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Barakzai Hound, Eastern Greyhound/Persian Greyhound
Color Gold/Fawn/Brindle/Red/White/Cream/Blue/Gray/Tricolour
Height MALES: 26-29 INCHES. FEMALES: 24-28 INCHES.
Weight MALES: 55-65 POUNDS. FEMALES: 45-55 POUNDS.
Life Span 12-15 years
Personality Dignified, Profoundly Loyal, Aristocratic
Exercise Lots of Activity
Popularity #111
Groom Needs Daily Brushing, Infrequent Shedding
Kids Friendly Yes with supervision
Dog Friendly Yes with supervision
Watch Dog
Family Dog
Litter Size 6–8

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A beautiful regal looking dog is the Afghan, independent, and strong-willed. When you look at the Afghan hound’s coat, you realize that this is a high-maintenance dog and it all amounts to its grooming and its exercising needs. Grooming is imperative and only if you are willing to spend hours on grooming, or are willing to pay professional groomers to do it, should you consider the Afghan. He needs quality exercises, too. Failure to provide him with this will produce a dog with destructive behavioral habits. They require at least a mile or two of walking daily and a fenced yard for running. They can also be a challenge to train because of their independent natures – training can take a long time, and requires a lot of patience. They stand about 27 inches at the shoulders and weigh around 65 pounds. The long silky hair comes in coats of many colors from black, to black and tan, red, cream, domino, white and blue. The dogs are very slim so don’t pile the food into his plate – ensure though, that he gets nutritious organic foods and oils to keep him and his hair glorious and healthy.

Living with Afghan Hound

Afghan puppies require little maintenance for they usually have fuzzy, short coat. But they don’t stay that way for long. The Adolescent and Adult Afghan have silky, long coat, so they need regular grooming to remove any debris and keep the hair free of mats and tangles, which is vital important for Afghan to keep Afghan’s glorious coat looking its best. Usually they need several hours per week of brushing. And that’s the key to keep Afghan’s glorious coat looking its best.

Like other breeds, Afghans should have their teeth brushed and nails trimmed regularly. Besides, conditioner and shampoo are required during the regular bathing. Regular grooming can help Afghan keep clean and promotes good health. So that Afghan will be looking and feeling their best right now.

Afghans are sighthounds, so they are strong, lean and tall. This also makes them excellent jumpers. With a strong instinct to run and chase perceived prey, they are bred to chase and hunt prey by sight. The owners should provide enough exercises for their Afghans. They should be provided an opportunity to run full out several times a week with a large, high, enclosed and secure area. But it’s best not to walk off leash. While Short walks are not enough for Afghans to keep exercise and athletic breed. When they reach maturity some owners usually take them on long runs.

Afghan Hounds are active and athletic. So to keep their build-up and health, they need enough nutrition. Afghan Hounds’ food can be prepared by home or manufactured by commerce. And the food should be different when they are puppies, adults, or seniors. So you’d better follow the advice of the veterinarian. 

Afghan Hounds’ protruding hipbones do not means they are being underweight, but a sign of special characteristic. Afghan Hounds are sight hounds, so they have svelte physiques. The owners should care about Afghans’ diet and weight, give them fresh and clean water, and choose appropriate food with the vet’s advice.

Afghan Hound are sensitive to anesthesia, and they usually have little body fat. So a sighthound-savvy veterinarian is needed to do with surgical procedures when Afghan Hound suffer from some diseases that threaten their lives, for example patellar luxation ,elbow dysplasia, CHD , OCD , sudden swelling of the abdomen, bloat and so on. Besides, Minor Afghan Hound also have retinal dysplasia, hypothyroidism, hot spots and CPRA. So to save Afghan Hound’s life timely, the owners should know related symptoms and know what to do when the diseases occur. Here are some necessary Health Tests:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Hip Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • exercise-induced collapse test


Total Annual Cost: $3239

Cost is estimated for the first year and may vary depending on many factors, such as dog food, health care, leash, collar, licensing, possible fencing, crates, training and obedience classes, dog-walking, grooming, treats, toys, flea, tick, and heart-worm meds, microchips, etc.

Afghans have the characteristics of loyal, aloof, dignified and independent. Puppy training is necessary for their high energy level and physical strength. The owners can give some basic commands to make them agile and obedient, for example, stay, come and sit. This can help Afghans develop into a well-mannered, well-adjusted adult. Besides, the owners can increase training of pointing out something quickly, which is helpful for the breed to overcome their hunting instinct to break off on a high-speed chase. Because of loyalty, it’s much difficult for them to adopt new environment. To please the owners, they are often easy to housetrain.


The Afghan originates from Afghanistan, where the original name for the breed was Tazi. Actually, the Afghan is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds. 

The Afghan breed was developed to bring down game in mountainous terrains. There are some eyewitness accounts of Afghans even bringing down leopards by taking hold of their necks and severing the leopard’s spine.

Afghans were transported out of the Middle East with British soldiers returning from the Indian-Afghan border war, back to England. The dog became very popular because it was such a ‘glamorous’ dog. It was at its most popular in the 1970s.

Some first writings of the Afghan are of an English officer stationed near Kabul. He kept Afghan hounds at his Ghazni Kennel which were transported to England in 1925, making their way to the USA as well. 

The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 and the Afghan Hound Club of America was admitted for membership with the AKC in 1940.

Do you remember Barbie? And her pet Afghan hound, Beauty – how they crept into the hearts of countless American girls’ hearts!

And in 2005, South Korean scientists successfully cloned a dog – it was a male Afghan hound puppy, called Snuppy. Three years later, Snuppy was part of the first successful breeding between a pair of cloned dogs.

Then in the 1980s, the Afghan became a popular AKC show ring star.

Helpful Information


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Breed Club Rescue: Afghan Hound Club of America – National Rescue

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