Group: Hound Group
Height: 26 to 28 in. (male); 24 to 26 in. (female)
Weight: 58 to 64 lbs. (male); 45 to 55 (female)
Availability: Might take some effort to find
The Afghan Hound is a sighthound with an aristocratic bearing. It is tall and slender with a long, narrow, refined head; silky topknot; and powerful jaws. The occiput is quite prominent. There is little or no stop. The muzzle is slightly convex (“Roman nose”) with a black nose. The teeth should meet in a level or scissors bite. The dark eyes are almond shaped. The ears lie flat to the head. The neck is long and strong. The height at the withers should be about the same as the distance from chest to rump. Squarely built, the Afghan moves with head and tail held high. The back should be almost level and the abdomen well tucked up. The hipbones are quite prominent. The front legs are strong and straight and the feet are large and covered with long hair. The tail has a curl or ring at the tip. The coat is long and silky on most of the body and legs, but short on the face and saddle, and sometimes, wrists. Colors are cream, black, black and tan, blue, brindle, and domino, all with or without a dark mask. Basically, all colors are seen except for spotted or merle. White markings are discouraged.
The Afghan Hound is one of the most ancient breeds according to both DNA evidence and ancient art. This elegant sighthound was used as a hunter of many types of game, including hare, gazelle, and snow leopards, over the rough terrain of Afghanistan. He was also used by shepherds as a herder and watchdog. An extremely fast and agile runner, the Afghan Hound pursues game by sight. His thick coat protects against temperature extremes. In Europe and America, he has become a luxurious pet because of his aristocratic beauty.
Children: Best with older, considerate children
Friendliness: Reserved with strangers
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Independence: Very independent
Other Pets: Generally good with other dogs; do not trust with non-canine pets.
Combativeness: Not very dog-aggressive
Noise: Average barker
Indoors: Relatively inactive indoors
Owner: Not recommended for novice owners.
Aristocratic, dignified, somewhat aloof, but very sweet, loyal, affectionate, and sensitive. Has been described as “a king of dogs.” Majestic, elegant, noble, and courageous. Suspicious of strangers, but not hostile to them.
Grooming: Daily grooming required
Trimming and Stripping: Little to no trimming or stripping needed
Coat: Long coat
Shedding: Average shedder
Exercise: Needs lots of exercise
Jogging: An excellent jogging companion.
Apartments: Not recommended for apartments unless regularly exercised
Outdoor Space: Best with large yard or acreage
Climate: Does well in most climates
Longevity: Average 10 to 12 years
High five to all Afghan Hound Lovers out there!