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Whippet vs Afghan Hound – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Whippet Afghan Hound
OriginsEngland Afghanistan
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank6193
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Other Names English Whippet, Snap Dog Baluchi Hound, Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Eastern Greyhound / Persian Greyhound
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $800-$1200 $2000-$2500

General Appearance - Whippet vs Afghan Hound

Size Medium Large
Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 50-64 pounds (22-34 kg)
Avg. Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) 57 pounds (28 kg)
Height Male: 18½-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17½-19 inches (44-48 cm) 27-29 inches (69-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) 28 inches (71.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Whippet vs Afghan Hound

Coat Fine Short Close in texture Fine
Colors Cream Red Blue Fawn White Black Tan Blue Cream Red White Silver Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Whippet requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Whippets are low shedders.
Afghan Hounds shed moderately.

Characteristics - Whippet vs Afghan Hound

Temperament Affectionate Gentle Lively Friendly Intelligent Quiet Outright Adaptable Companionable Aloof Dignified Independent Clownish Happy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Whippet's has average obedience intelligence.
Low: The Afghan Hound if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Whippets are easy to train.
Afghan Hounds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Whippets, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Afghan Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Whippets don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Afghan Hounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Whippets are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Afghan Hounds are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Whippets need for social interaction is average.
Afghan Hounds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Whippet barks none to minimal.
Low: The Afghan Hound barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Whippets are average watchdogs.
Afghan Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Territorial
Whippets can't provide protection for their territory.
Afghan Hounds can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Whippet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Afghan Hound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Whippets have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Afghan Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Whippet is strong enough to escape from home.
Afghan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Whippets have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Afghan Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Whippets are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Afghan Hounds are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Whippets adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Afghan Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Whippet vs Afghan Hound

Stranger Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards strangers.
Afghan Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Whippets are kid-friendly dogs.
Afghan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Whippets are not cat-friendly dogs.
Afghan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Afghan Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Whippet is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Afghan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Whippets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Afghan Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Whippets do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Afghan Hounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Whippets are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Afghan Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Whippet breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Afghan Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Whippet vs Afghan Hound

Health Issues
Whippets are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Afghan Hounds are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Arthritis Deafness Drug Sensitivity Heart Murmurs Heart Problems Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Vaccination Sensitivity Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Cancer Cataracts Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes
Energy Level
Whippets are high energy dogs.
Afghan Hounds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Whippets have an average exercise need.
Afghan Hounds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Whippets don't need too much sleep.
Afghan Hounds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Low.
Low.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers cold weather
The Afghan Hound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Whippet has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Afghan Hound has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Whippet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Afghan Hound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Whippet vs Afghan Hound

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the Whippet, Afghan Hound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 6-8 puppies

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