Afghan Hound Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound



The Afghan Hound is very popular and one of the oldest of dog breed. He is elegant, devoted, and a wonderful companion to his owners. Afghan Hounds are very social and deeply affectionate to people they know, they do not like to be alone and they are extremely hostile to strangers. The Afghan Hound was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926.

Height: 25-27 inches  Weight: 50-60 pounds  Lifespan: 12-18 years


The Afghan Hound is beautiful and intelligent breed. Afghans tend to behave naughty, for that reason, this breed has a reputation of having a relatively slow “obedience intelligence”. Still, if the owner is involved in its upbringing, with proper care and education, they evolve in dignified, regal breed. The Afghan Hound has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.


Afghan Hounds are affectionate, sweet and loyal dogs. They are very sensitive and require careful treatment, but at the same time, they are courageous and have high prey drive. They get along great with children and pets, as their social character helps them find common ground with everyone.

Coat / Care:

Afghan Hounds have a thick and silky coat with a fine texture, especially long on the back and legs. Their fine-textured coat requires special care and grooming. Firstly, it should not be trimmed, but have natural look. It enough bathes your dog once a week, but daily combing is a necessity since it is very long and tends to tangle. There are special tools designed for this purpose.

Health Problems:

The Afghan Hound is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hypothyroidism, Juvenile cataracts, Cancer and Allergies. The Afghan Hound has a life expectancy of 12 to 18 years.

Weight / Height

The male Afghan Hound dog breed’s height is around 25 – 27 inches and weighs around 50 and 60 pounds. Female Afghan Hound dogs can reach a size from 25 – 27 inches and weighs between 50 and 60 pounds.


The Afghan Hound is very sensitive, therefore, needs careful, yet consistent training. Lessons should be about socialization and obedience. Improper education of these dogs can cause disobedience and aggressiveness.


For the full development of the Afghan Hounds, a daily walk is a necessity, with fresh water at hand, as the hair gets quickly heated by the sun. Fenced enclosures are an option.

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