The Afghan Hound Is Beautiful, Accomplished, and a Bit of a Snob


An Afghan hound is used to being the prettiest creature in any room–out shining dogs and people. That confidence means these regal, elegant beauties aren’t really ones for following orders. Rather, they prefer to do their own thing: which often means dramatically lying on the couch. Not that we’re complaining. They’re probably the best looking thing in your house anyway.

History of the Afghan Hound

Few dogs have a history as long and rich as the Afghan hound. They’re believed to have first been bred thousands of years ago by nomadic peoples of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India. While Afghan hounds are famous for their looks now, they were originally hunters. Apparently they were able to chase down game as fast as antelopes and perhaps even leopards.

In the 19th century they were brought to England, where they developed a more glamorous reputation. Their popularity really peaked in the 70s though. With hair like Cher, we’re not surprised.


Height: Striking and regal, the male Afghan hound stands about 27 inches tall. With the female coming in at about 25 inches.

Weight: Between 23 and 27 kilograms.

Colour: Their long, silky coat comes in black, black-and-tan, red, cream, blue, brindle, domino or white.

Life Expectancy

12 to 15 years.

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What You’ll Love about an Afghan Hound

Loyal: Don’t let their stubbornness give the wrong impression. They might not listen to you, but they will absolutely love you.

Fun: A classic socialite, Afghan hounds have sparkling, fun, charming personalities to keep you entertained for hours.

Beautiful: Life is about more than looks, but come on. You can’t deny this is one of the most beautiful breeds out there.

What You Might Find “Challenging”

Stubborn: An Afghan hound can be aloof and difficult to train. They don’t take corrections that well and can become resistant if they feel bossed around.

High maintenance: That beautiful hair takes work. You’ll need to spend several hours a week brushing them to avoid it getting matted and tangled. Regular baths with a conditioning treatment are also a must.

Strong prey instinct: Like many hunting breeds an Afghan Hound will often dart after anything they recognise as prey. This means it’s best to keep them on lead when away from home, and be extra careful around roads. This can cause issues with being around other animals, but that can be managed through training and socialisation. 

They also require a fair bit of exercise. So a long walk each day will help keep them relaxed. 

Common Health Issues for an Afghan Hound

Sensitive to anesthesia: Afghan hounds have naturally low body fat which can cause issues if they undergo anesthesia.

Tummy issues: They can experience bloating and swollen abdomens which can become serious if not managed.

Hip dysplasia: Like many large, athletic dogs, their joints can play up.

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Article last updated on March 23, 2022

Wendy's never met a dog she didn't like. Although she has a special place in her heart for muts: three legs, one eye, missing fur, bit of a weird walk? The scruffier the better. Her favourite dog in the whole world though is her terrier-mix Stevie.
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