The Afghan Hound


DNA testing indicates that Afghan Hounds are descendent from one of the most ancient types of dogs. They’re Sight hounds which makes them one of the earliest breeds of domestic dogs as well. Afghan’s were used most commonly by nomadic tribes. They hunted with hawks in both the dessert and mountain regions. During World War I Afghans nearly faded from existence. They disappeared altogether from the public eye and remained only in isolated pockets. Modern day Afghans are largely descendent from a group that was imported into Scotland during the 1920s from the desert regions of Afghanistan. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1926 with the Afghan Hound Club of America formed in 1937.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 50 to 60 lbs.
  • Height: 25 to 27 inches
  • Coat: Long, thick, silky
  • Color: Any
  • Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years

What’s the Afghan Hound like?

Afghan hounds have the energy of any other hunting dog. They’re popular show dogs but won’t act so prim and proper when their prey drive kicks in. Afghans are amusing and funny dogs when they want to be. They’ll entertain their families for hours on end. Inside the home they should do fine with pets that they’ve known all their lives. They’re likely going to try and implement their own rules so you’ll need to establish dominance early.

When it comes to training your Afghan Hound it might seem difficult at times. Afghans have a pretty good idea of what they want to do and don’t always like your ideas. You’ll need to be patient and use positive reinforcement. Recall training is especially important for the breed because they are notoriously stubborn when called. 
Afghans can be great at dog sports. Particularly those sports which make use of their sight hound heritage. They remain excellent hunting dogs as well.


Conditions to watch for in Afghans include the following:

Takeaway Points

  • Afghans excel at showing, hunting, and sports.
  • Afghans are smart dogs and prefer to keep their own counsel.
  • Afghans have a strong prey drive and will chase after smaller animals.
  • Afghans are fun and full of energy.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.