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Afghan Hound


Afghan Hound profile

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Lifespan: 12-14 Years

Avg height: 64-68cm

Avg weight: 23-28kg

Coat type: Very long silky coat.

Coat colours: Black, gold, tan, and white.

Originally bred for: Hunting.

Breed traits: Independent, aloof, agile.


A little about the Afghan Hound


The Afghan Hound descended from a group of Middle Eastern sighthounds, with ancestors recorded as early as the Egyptian Pharaohs. The hound was bred for speed, agility, and stamina, making it ideal to hunt gazelle. This drive means they require daily exercise, and it can also result in them chasing smaller animals when outside. Although they will often become very attached to their owner, Afghan Hounds can be aloof with strangers and children.




The Afghan Hound's coat can become a health issue (with severe matting) if not groomed regularly. Like other large deep-chested breeds they can develop bloat (Gastro-Dilatation Volvulus) and Canine Hip Dysplasia. They can occasionally develop a degenerative disease known as Afghan Hound myelopathy which results in gradual loss of hind leg function.

A day in the life of "Farrah"


Another day, another trip to the dog park. As I lay here in the warm sun, resting from my run, I look over at all the other dogs and their humans admiring me and my sister. I can’t blame them when we look this good. I chase my sister often at the park but every time we stop to rest a human comes over and strokes our long hair. I don’t mind it, but not every time! When we run around sometimes the other, smaller dogs try to join in our race and attempt to keep up. It’s funny to watch, they never do. Our legs are simply too big.

Mum and dad like taking us out to explore, and we love it too. Any chance I can go out and stretch my legs and let the wind brush through my hair I’ll take! Speaking about my hair, let me bother Dad to brush it. Both mum and dad make sure we get brushed at least twice a day. There’s a reason I’m looking this good! Now look at all the admirers casting their eyes at us…


Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.