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Afghan Hound


AKC Height:

25-27 inches

AKC Weight:

50-60 pounds


All colors are permissible, but color or color combinations are pleasing; white markings, especially on the head, are undesirable.

Life Expectancy:

12-18 years


Hound Group

Afghan Hound: Grace, Elegance, and Dignity

Welcome to the world of the Afghan Hound, a breed renowned for its majestic beauty, dignified demeanor, and unique personality. This comprehensive guide will explore the characteristics, care, and companionship of the Afghan Hound.


AKC Height: 25-27 inches

AKC Weight: 50-60 pounds

Colors: All colors are permissible, but color or color combinations are pleasing; white markings, especially on the head, are undesirable.

Life Expectancy: 12-18 years

Group: Hound Group

Physical Characteristics

  • Appearance: The Afghan Hound is known for its elegant appearance, featuring a distinctive silky, flowing coat. They stand tall with a regal bearing, showcasing their aristocratic heritage.
  • Coat and Color: Their long, luxurious coat requires regular grooming and comes in a variety of colors, including black, cream, and red.

Temperament and Personality Afghan Hounds are known for their aloof and independent nature, yet they can form deep bonds with their family. They possess a certain air of dignity and are often described as cat-like in their behaviors and attitudes.

Training and Mental Stimulation

  • Obedience Training: Training an Afghan Hound requires patience and consistency, as they can be independent thinkers. Positive reinforcement works best with this breed.
  • Exercise Needs: They require regular exercise to maintain their health and happiness. A secure area where they can run freely is ideal, given their sighthound nature and love for chasing.
  • Socialization: Early socialization is crucial to help them become well-adjusted adults. They should be introduced to various people, environments, and experiences from a young age.

Health and Nutrition

  • Dietary Requirements: A balanced diet suitable for their age, size, and activity level is essential for Afghan Hounds.
  • Common Health Concerns: Generally healthy, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health conditions, such as hip dysplasia and cataracts. Regular veterinary check-ups are recommended.
  • Grooming: Their long, flowing coat requires regular grooming to prevent mats and tangles. Regular bathing, brushing, and trimming are part of their grooming routine.

Living with an Afghan Hound

  • Family Life: They can be a loving part of the family, showing affection in their unique way. They might be reserved around strangers and need a peaceful home environment.
  • Compatibility: Best suited for families who understand their need for exercise and grooming. They thrive in environments where they can have space to move and explore.
  • Commitment: Owning an Afghan Hound is a significant commitment, especially in terms of grooming and exercise. They form strong bonds with their owners and are a loyal, albeit independent, companion.

Responsible Breeding and Adoption

  • Choosing a Breeder: It’s important to choose a breeder who prioritizes the health and temperament of their puppies. A good breeder will provide health clearances and discuss the breed’s needs with potential owners.
  • Adoption Options: Afghan Hounds can sometimes be found in rescues and shelters. Adopting can be a rewarding way to provide a loving home to a dog in need.

Conclusion The Afghan Hound is a breed of unique beauty and personality. With their elegant appearance and dignified demeanor, they make for a distinctive and loving companion. Whether through their graceful movement or their loyal companionship, Afghan Hounds leave a lasting impression on those who know them.


The Afghan Hound requires lots of grooming with twice weekly brushing and regular bathing. Show coats require constant care.


The Afghan Hound can be aloof with strangers, but is devoted to its owners. This breed loves to chase, so make sure they are on a leash when outdoors.

Afghan Hound Housebreaking

Housebreaking the Afghan Hound requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful.

Puppy Housebreaking     Adult Marking & Retraining

Find a Puppy: Afghan Hound

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.


The Afghan Hound should only be fed high-quality dog food targeted toward the dog’s age, whether puppy, adult, or senior. Avoid cooked bones and food with high fat content. Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog’s weight.


The Afghan Hound is an aloof and independent breed. When training this breed, remember that firm leadership and consistency is key.


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Watch for Hip Dysplasia, Juvenile Cataracts, PRA, and Hypothyroidism.