The Afghan Hound


DNA testing indicates that Afghan Hounds are descendent from one of the most ancient types of dogs. They’re Sight hounds which makes them one of the earliest breeds of domestic dogs as well. Afghan’s were used most commonly by nomadic tribes. They hunted with hawks in both the dessert and mountain regions. During World War I Afghans nearly faded from existence. They disappeared altogether from the public eye and remained only in isolated pockets. Modern day Afghans are largely descendent from a group that was imported into Scotland during the 1920s from the desert regions of Afghanistan. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1926 with the Afghan Hound Club of America formed in 1937.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 50 to 60 lbs.
  • Height: 25 to 27 inches
  • Coat: Long, thick, silky
  • Color: Any
  • Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years

What’s the Afghan Hound like?

Afghan hounds have the energy of any other hunting dog. They’re popular show dogs but won’t act so prim and proper when their prey drive kicks in. Afghans are amusing and funny dogs when they want to be. They’ll entertain their families for hours on end. Inside the home they should do fine with pets that they’ve known all their lives. They’re likely going to try and implement their own rules so you’ll need to establish dominance early.

When it comes to training your Afghan Hound it might seem difficult at times. Afghans have a pretty good idea of what they want to do and don’t always like your ideas. You’ll need to be patient and use positive reinforcement. Recall training is especially important for the breed because they are notoriously stubborn when called.

Afghans can be great at dog sports. Particularly those sports which make use of their sight hound heritage. They remain excellent hunting dogs as well.


Conditions to watch for in Afghans include the following:

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's disease
  • Juvenile cataracts
  • Thyroiditis

Takeaway Points

  • Afghans excel at showing, hunting, and sports.
  • Afghans are smart dogs and prefer to keep their own counsel.
  • Afghans have a strong prey drive and will chase after smaller animals.
  • Afghans are fun and full of energy.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Afghan Hound

Referred to as an aristocrat, the Afghan Hound's appearance is one of dignity and aloofness. Well covered with thick, silky hair, very fine in texture, the Afghan hound's coat is a sort found among animals native to high altitudes. They can come in all colors, and while the breed is an excellent hound (hunting by sight) its popularity here has been generated by the breeds' spectacular qualities as a show dog.

The Afghan hound was discovered by the Western World in Afghanistan and surrounding regions during the 19th century. As the breed developed in Afghanistan, two distinct types evolved from the southern and western desert regions and the northern regions. During WWI, the breed literally disappeared in the Western world. The start of the Afghan Hounds we have today dates back to 1920 when a group of them was brought to Scotland.


Known for being aloof, dignified, and for having a highly individualized personality, Afghan Hounds are prized and loved by their owners as companions and members of their family. However, it is important to take into account that their coat requires regular grooming, and their larger size necessitates regular exercise.

  • Hound Group AKC recognized in 1926.
  • Ideal size ranging from 25 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and 50 to 60 pounds.
  • Hunting dog sighthound.

Afghan Hound Breed Standard Hound Group

General Appearance

The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness. He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past. The striking characteristics of the breed-exotic, or “Eastern,” expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent hip bones, large feet, and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the stifle due to profuse trouserings-stand out clearly, giving the Afghan Hound the appearance of what he is, a king of dogs, that has held to tradition throughout the ages.

Recognized Clubs

The Pooghan is also known as the Affydoodle, Affypoo andAfghanpoodle and is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry (DBR) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).

In spite of being a non- to low-shedding dog, the Pooghan’s long, fine coat will require regular brushing 3 to 4 times per week to keep it tangle-free and looking its gloriously glossy best. This is the ideal dog for the owner who has the time and money to devote to his upkeep as regular visits to the groomers will be needed. As with most floppy eared dogs, inspection and cleaning should be done on a weekly basis to remove debris and prevent infection.


The temperament of the Afghan Hound can be aloof and dignified. But they make themselves happy and clownish when it plays. This breed, as is the case with many sighthounds, has an excessive prey force and might also now not get alongside with small animals. The Afghan Hound can be a profitable competitor in canine agility trials as nicely as an intuitive remedy canine and companion. Genomic research has pointed to the Afghan Hound as one of the oldest of canine breeds.

Though the Afghan makes a lovely presentation in the exhibit ring, for example, greater than one expert handler has been embarrassed in the ring by using a refusal to cooperate. Even so, this breed is recognized for outperforming different breeds when the choice to do so is his own.

Gentle handling, kindness, and endurance work first-rate with this breed, alongside with a grasp that there will be instances when the canine virtually will no longer cooperate.

Watch the video: Daily brushing an Afghan Hound dog (September 2021).