Afghan Hounds are some of the oldest breeds known to man. They are tall and slender with long refined heads and silks coats. They have dark, almond-shaped eyes and floppy ears that rest flat against their head. Their long, silky coats are often a sandy color and their faces are a slightly darker shade. Afghans are great at sighting, herding, tracking and as family watchdogs.
This is a very elegant, ancient dog, native to Sinai, and mentioned several times in Egyptian papyruses and pictured in the caves of northern Afghanistan more than 4,000 years ago. The breed was kept pure for centuries, and their exportation was always prohibited. Therefore, they only reached Europe as contraband in the early 1900s.
An extremely fast and agile runner, the Afghan is a sighthound, which means the breed hunts by sight. They were used as shepherds and as hunters of many types of game including deer, wild goats, snow leopards, and wolves. They were also used by shepherds as herders and watchdogs. Their thick coat protects against temperature extremes.
Afghan Hounds are courageous, dignified, loyal, sweet, and sensitive. This breed can seem cool and distant towards others at first, but they socialize well once they get to know you. They have been described as the “king of dogs”—noble, majestic, and elegant. They are suspicious of strangers, but rarely hostile. Sensitive at heart, the Afghan must be trained in a calm and gentle manner. While friendly toward all youths, Afghans tend to do best with older children, or kids who know to be gentle and respectful. The dogs do not take kindly to having their lovely locks tugged at.
- Height: 27 – 29 inches
- Weight: 50 – 65 pounds
- Lifespan: About 14 years
- Grooming: A weekly bath and frequent brushing
Care & Health
Afghan Hounds do not make good apartment dogs. To be happy this breed needs room to run! In addition to outdoor playtime they need to be taken on long daily walks or jogs. Generally healthy, the Afghan doesn’t really have any predisposed health issues. Their coats require a great deal of maintenance. Brush them well after their weekly bath. Also, be careful of your Afghans long silky ears getting in their food when they eat. This breed is an average shedder.
Your Love Match
The perfect pet parent of an Afghan Hound:
- Calm, cool, and collected
- Active outdoors