Afghan Hound

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Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound Overview

The Afghan Hound is the tall, classy and elegant stunner of the dog world. With its exotic face, thin figure, and dramatic silky coat, you can't help but stare. Their beauty is nothing new—in fact, Afghan Hounds are an aristocratic breed that dates back thousands of years to 4000 BC. Originating from Afghanistan, they're one of the most ancient breeds in the world. These agile beauties are very quick and were bred to hunt large prey in the deserts and mountains. Their abundant luxurious coat gave them warmth while they hunted alone. Now more commonly serving as family pets and show dogs, the Afghan Hound still stands tall and independent. It does not lavish in attention, so don't get offended if avoids hugs and petting. This isn't to say they don't love people! Afghans can be silly clowns and enjoy showing off their playful side to their owners. Their independent nature can make training your Afghan Hound sometimes difficult. They have a mind of their own and like to do things on their own schedule. As they play a little hard to get, when they do decide to obey commands or perform tricks it can be very rewarding. The silky coat needs regular grooming for it to look its best. If you want a kind, gentle and quick playmate, with a fashion-model build, you have met your match.

Did you know?

Afghan Hounds can run as fast as a racehorse and reaches speeds up to 40 mph. For comparison, the fastest horse in the world can reach 43.97 mph.

Afghan Hound Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

Popularity ranking**
25-27 in / 50-60 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
12-18 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Afghan Hound

Afghan Hounds eat 2-2.5 cups of kibble a day, divided into two meals. Although Afghan Hounds are slim by nature, it is always a good idea to measure the food and set meal times. The amount it eats depends on the size, age, build, and activity level. For optimal health and well-being, it is essential to feed your dog high-quality food. Afghan Hounds need a diet to support their athletic ability and energy levels. Nutrient dense products are important to keep their locks long and joints protected. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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