Afghan Hound

  • Size: Large
  • Life Expectancy: 12 years
  • Average Weight:  55 pounds (25kg)
  • Average Height: 26 inches (66cm)
  • Grooming: Demanding
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Exercise: Moderate
  • Training: Difficult / Slow
  • Color: All colors are acceptable
  • Country of Origin: Afghanistan
  • Personality: Loyal, Sensitive and Dignified


The Afghan Hound originated in Afghanistan in the 19th century. They came to Scotland in 1920 and were primarily a coursing hound, chasing their prey by sight. They had to chase game over rugged ground, including jackals, hares and wolves. They are naturally sure-footed, agile and have long lasting stamina.


Afghan Hounds are tall and slender with long silky coats giving them are a very elegant appearance. Their heads are long and narrow and their tails are long and curling. Their entire bodies are covered in long hair except for the face. Their fur is described as being similar in texture to human hair, which is why it tangles so easily. Although any colors are acceptable, it’s not desirable for Afghan Hounds to have white markings especially on the face.


Afghan Hounds are affectionate with their families and are quite clownish and playful. Although they may enjoy plenty of attention as puppies they do become more independent and will let you know when they want their own space as adult dogs. They need early socialization with other household pets and its not recommended that they live with cats or rabbits due to their natural hunting instincts. Afghan Hounds can be suspicious of visitors but not hostile. They only bark for a reason and can make good watchdogs. They are sight hounds so they will naturally want to chase any smaller animals, so keeping them on a leash when out for walks is important.


Afghan Hounds are sensitive and need to be trained kindly. They tend to be more difficult and slow to train than other breeds. Reward training works well with lots of positive reinforcement.


Daily exercise is important for this breed as they are large in size and need to opportunities to burn off energy. Afghan Hounds enjoy walks or runs and are not suited for apartment living or confined living spaces.


Afghan Houndsdo need an owner dedicated to regular grooming. They have a very fine, thick coat that can easily become matted and needs weekly baths to keep tidy and a good brush several times a week. The coat doesn’t need to be trimmed and should be left to grow naturally.