Dog Breed

Afghan Hound

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Full Name
Afghan Hound
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Life Span
10 - 13 years
50 - 60 pounds

Extremely elegant and loyal... with an almost "suave" nature. It is easy to see why they have oftentimes been described as the most beautiful dog in the world.

The Afghan Hound is a true sighthound- it enjoys being mentally and physically challenged and has an independent nature. The good side of this in family homes is that the Afghan can do reasonably well alone in the home for a few hours, but on the other hand, they can be challenging to train, and because of that, the Afghan Hound is not a great dog for a first-time owner.

Bred For
Coursing and hunting
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Afghan Hound good with children?

    Yes, the Afghan Hound is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Afghan Hound naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Afghan Hound friendly with strangers?

    The Afghan Hound is not automatically friendly with strangers and we would not recommend for a living situation with frequent guests.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Afghan Hound friendly with other dogs?

    The Afghan Hound is about average in how friendly they are with other dogs. They can be timid or defensive, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for dog parks and living with other dogs at home.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Afghan Hound like to cuddle?

    The Afghan Hound is not a cuddle bug, but it can still appreciate affection. It just has different boundaries with physical affection.

    Does the Afghan Hound like to play?

    The Afghan Hound is playful both as a puppy and as an adult dog. As they get older they may appreciate their alone time, and may not be in the mood for constant play, but certainly will have plenty of time for play as well.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Afghan Hound make a good service dog?

    The Afghan Hound would not be a great fit as a service dog for several reasons.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Afghan Hound good for first-time owners?

    The Afghan Hound would not be the best fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and is motivated to please its owner.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Afghan Hound be trained?

    The Afghan Hound does not have high levels of training potential. There are exceptions, but the Afghan Hound is not typically seen in competitions or as a service dog or police dog.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Afghan Hound shed a lot?

    The Afghan Hound sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Afghan Hound easy to groom?

    The Afghan Hound is one of the toughest breeds for grooming. It takes time and money, but the result is a beautiful coat.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Afghan Hound need a lot of exercise?

    The Afghan Hound requires an average amount of exercise. You should be ready to dedicate a couple of short walks or a larger dog park session each day for your Afghan Hound to be happy and fulfilled.

    How smart is the Afghan Hound?

    The Afghan Hound is a bit goofy and may not be as intelligent as some other breeds, but that is what people oftentimes love about the Afghan Hound!
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Afghan Hound bark? Does the Afghan Hound bark too much?

    The Afghan Hound occasionally barks, but only for specific reasons such as when they need something, for protection, etc.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Afghan Hound a good guard dog?

    The Afghan Hound is not typically used as a guard dog, although they can be alert and oftentimes notify you if there is a stranger at the door or otherwise something to be concerned over.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Afghan Hound good at staying alone? Is the Afghan Hound independent?

    The Afghan Hound prefers having family around at all times, but can also do well when left alone. The Afghan Hound still needs plenty of attention, but is independent, and can typically be left alone for several hours without issues.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Afghan Hound a good apartment dog?

    The Afghan Hound is not the best dog apartment living, but it can work if the owner is dedicated to exercising and training their Afghan Hound

    How big is the Afghan Hound?

    The Afghan Hound is a large dog breed. A dog's size is important to consider when it comes to travel arrangements, budgeting for food, and how big of a living space you have.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Afghan Hound tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Afghan Hound?

    The Afghan Hound can tolerate hot weather well. They still prefer having some variation and a cool space to sleep, but overall they can do well in warm climates.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Afghan Hound tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Afghan Hound?

    The Afghan Hound can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Afghan Hound try to run away?

    The Afghan Hound does sometimes run away. This is especially true if they are distracted, or see other cats or dogs. They probably won't go out of their way to "escape", but a fenced yard is still recommended.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Afghan Hound a healthy dog? The health of a Afghan Hound should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Afghan Hound is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Afghan Hound?

    The Afghan Hound has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Afghan Hound into your home. Can you give your Afghan Hound enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Afghan Hound drool?

    The Afghan Hound does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Afghan Hound have a large prey drive? Does the Afghan Hound like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Afghan Hound has a very high prey drive and will naturally chase after any small animals it sees. They can co-exist with cats or other animals at the home, but we would not recommend it without supervision.

    Is the Afghan Hound atheltic?

    The Afghan Hound is very athletic and would be well suited for a family that frequently works out or goes on adventures.

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  1. Hound
  2. Sighthound
  3. Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is a purebred dog that belongs to the Sighthound sub group, which falls under the larger Hound dog breed group.
Hound group: The hound has traditionally been used alongside hunters to track or chase prey. Unlike retrievers who are bred primarily to retrieve and bring back the prey, hounds were typically bred to have excellent vision, scent, or speed to pursue the prey. Because of the Hound's excellent vision, scent, and focus, they are a common police and secret services dog. Hounds are typically categorized into either "scent hounds" or "sight hounds". Both exercise and mental stimulation is important for hounds because of their history. They want to feel they have a "job" and want to go to bed feeling they have done their day's duty.
Sighthound sub-group: Sighthounds have been hunting dogs for thousands of years. Their exceptional vision is something that has been passed down through the generations. These dogs can be used to hunt down small game, but also to find it in the first place with the exceptional vision. The fastest dogs in the world also fall into this sighthound group- the famous greyhounds. Sighthounds can be trained very well, but may need a firm leader. They are used to physical work, and intense exercise, so they need a challenge, or else they can become rebellious. They can be an excellent companion to an athlete who likes to run and live an active lifestyle.

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