Afghan Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Afghan Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginAfghanistan flagAfghanistan
Other Names
What other names does the Afghan Hound have?
Da Kochyano SpayEastern GreyhoundPersian GreyhoundOgar AfganSage BalochiTazhi SpayTaziBaluchi Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Afghan Hound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Afghan Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$2000-$2500
If you choose to purchase the Afghan Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Afghan Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Afghan Hound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Afghan Hound?
Very frequent: The Afghan Hound is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Afghan Hound Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Afghan Hound weigh? Afghan Hound weight:
Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)50-64 pounds (22-34 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Afghan Hound? Afghan Hound average weight:
57 pounds (28 kg)
Height
How tall is the Afghan Hound? Afghan Hound height:
27-29 inches (69-74 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Afghan Hound average height:
28 inches (71.5 cm)

Afghan Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Afghan Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Afghan Hound's coat?
TanBlue CreamRedWhiteSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Afghan Hound and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Afghan Hound requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Afghan Hound is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Afghan Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Da Kochyano Spay?
Afghan Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Afghan Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Afghan Hound every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Afghan Hound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Afghan Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AloofDignifiedIndependentClownishHappy
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Afghan Hound? Are they intelligent?
Low: The Afghan Hound is one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with these dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Afghan Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Afghan Hounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Afghan Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Afghan Hound sensitivity:
Sensitive: Afghan Hounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average: Afghan Hounds are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Da Kochyano Spay need? Afghan Hound social needs:
Afghan Hounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Afghan Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Da Kochyano Spay bark?
Low: The Afghan Hound barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Afghan Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Afghan Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Afghan Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Afghan Hounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Afghan Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Da Kochyano Spay? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Afghan Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Afghan Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Afghan Hound has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Afghan Hound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Afghan Hound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Afghan Hound do?
Afghan Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Afghan Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Afghan Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Afghan Hound roam?
Afghan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Afghan Hound have high prey drive?
Afghan Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Afghan Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Afghan Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Afghan Hound breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Afghan Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Afghan Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Afghan Hound temperament with other people:
Afghan Hounds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Afghan Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Afghan Hounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Afghan Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Afghan Hound temperament with children:
Afghan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Afghan Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Afghan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Afghan Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Afghan Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Afghan Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Afghan Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Afghan Hounds good office dogs? Do Afghan Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Afghan Hounds be office dogs?
No
Afghan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Da Kochyano Spay temperament with senior people? Are Afghan Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Afghan Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.

Afghan Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Afghan Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Afghan Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Afghan Hound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Afghan Hound breed? Most common health risks of Afghan Hound:
AllergiesCancerCataractsHypothyroidism
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Afghan Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Afghan Hound see the vet?
Average
The Afghan Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Afghan Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Afghan Hound be? What is the age limit of the Afghan Hound? How many years can the oldest Afghan Hound live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Afghan Hound: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Afghan Hound breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Afghan Hounds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Afghan Hound have? What is the activity level of the Afghan Hound?
Afghan Hounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Afghan Hound dogs require per day?
Afghan Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Afghan Hounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Afghan Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Afghan Hound risk for obesity:
Low: The Afghan Hound has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Afghan Hound's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Afghan Hound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Afghan Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Afghan Hound drool?
The Afghan Hound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Afghan Hound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Afghan Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Afghan Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Afghan Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Afghan Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Afghan Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Afghan Hound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Afghan Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Afghan Hound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Afghan Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Afghan Hound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Afghan Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Afghan Hound be a boat dog?

Not really

Afghan Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Afghan Hound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Afghan Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Afghan Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Afghan Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Afghan Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Afghan Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Afghan Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Afghan Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Afghan Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Afghan Hound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Afghan Hound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Afghan Hounds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Afghan Hound breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Afghan Hound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low: The Afghan Hound has good luck with genetics.
  • Adaptability: Afghan Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Afghan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Afghan Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Afghan Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Afghan Hound is one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Watchdog Ability: Afghan Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Afghan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Afghan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Afghan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Afghan Hound History

The Afghan Greyhound is one of the most ancient dog breeds. According to legend, his ancestor also traveled on Noah's Ark. On the other hand, it is a fact that it dates from the days before Christ, and even a cave drawing, which was made in 2000 BC.
Afghan vision was excellent and very good. The Afghan Hound used hunting and hunting dogs first, and even the Afghan kings and aristocrats served hunting dogs for hundreds of years. Although it was forbidden to export a dog, the breed was removed from Afghanistan to England before the twentieth century. They started breeding their current version in England. At this time, thanks to Captain Banff, in 1907, he was introduced to the Crystal Palace Kennel Club Show, the kind that fascinated everyone.
In 1926, he was awarded the Kennel Club status in Great Britain, but only ten years later he recognized the species of the United States.
Since 1970 he has been considered a luxury dog.

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