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Afghan Hound

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Afghan Hound AKC Group: Hound
Height: 26-28 Inches Male, 24-26 Inches Female
Weight: 60 pounds Male, 50 pounds female
Colors: dark brown, creamy beige, black
AKC recognized in: 1926

Afghan Hounds are also referred to as Kabul Hounds and Balkh Hounds. Interchangeably, they can be called Baluchi Hounds and Barutzy Hounds. They are characterized by a rather lengthy head, a slender muzzle, an arched neck, long ears, and almond-shaped eyes. What’s most notable about the Afghan Hound is its majestic, silky hair and long, curved tail.

The Afghan Hound is a member of the greyhound family. True to its name, the origin of the Afghan Hound is the country of Afghanistan. Native to the Afghan mountains, these hounds are used to hunting food. Quick to give chase and alert to the scent of prey like hare, gazelle, wolf, and snow leopard, they are perfect for hunting.

The first Afghan Hounds were introduced to England courtesy of British soldiers posted in Afghanistan sometime in 1890. This was a turning point in what we know of as the Second Afghan War.

It wasn’t until 1926 that the first Afghan Hounds were brought over to the United States and only in the 1930’s when they were finally recognized as a breed. Incidentally, this transition was pioneered by one Asra of Ghanzi and another Westmill Omar who were brought back to the United States by Zeppo Marx for breeding.


Afghan Hound Summary
Affection one paw
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level two paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements four paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability three paws

How exactly do you approach a breed of dogs who behave like they come from a noble lineage? True to its kingly nature, the Afghan Hound is quite a majestic creature.

Majestic as they are, Afghan Hounds can be trained and made to obey. Discipline these hounds in a calm yet firm manner, and you will discover how sweet and loyal they are. They respond well to kindness in training since shyness and sensitivity come naturally to them. Once you get them to socialize, they would be turn out to be gay and spirited.

Pet Afghan Hounds are especially prized and well-loved by their owners. Their aloof and dignified nature won’t be a hindrance at all if you appreciate how unique and individual their personalities are. They get along well with members of the family and prove to be good companions. With strangers, they may remain aloof and suspicious without being hostile.

Snobbish in nature, these dogs show much of the elegant, elitist attitude common to their breed. Aristocratic as they are, these hounds are not meant to be show dogs. They are sharp yet shy and timid to a fault. However, with a little effort on your part, the Afghan Hound you adopt and train would stand out and excel in any dog show.

Even when they’re already domesticated, Afghan Hounds still carry that same basic instinct to chase animals and hunt for prey. This trait makes it so important for you to give them just the right amount of exercise and activity in the outdoors.


The average lifespan of the Afghan Hound is 12 to 14 years.

While the Afghan Hound is generally a healthy dog, it is susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Hypothyroidism - An under-active thyroid gland, which can result in obesity, epilepsy, lethargy, and skin conditions.
  • Cataracts - A cloudiness in the lens of the eye, with varying degrees of opacity. Symptoms vary depending on the degree of opacity.
  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.


The Afghan Hound requires a long walk every day to rid her of her pent up energy. In addition, playing games with her that challenge her both physically and mentally will go a long way to preventing any behavior problems

Her long coat requires a lot of work to maintain. But don’t brush her without bathing first. Doing so will result damaging the coat and actually causing it to mat much easier. So, a weekly bath is recommended followed by a thorough brushing.

Afghan Hounds prefer to be with their families, and not be separated by keeping them outdoors. Speaking of outdoors, if you let her out without a leash, make sure you have a high fence. They have been known to jump up to 7 feet in the air, so most fences will not keep them in!

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