Elegant, mysterious, and undeniably captivating, the Afghan Hound is a breed like no other.
With their flowing silky manes, dignified demeanor, and aristocratic features, these dogs have graced human history for centuries, leaving a legacy of admiration in their wake.
Whether you’re an enthusiast, a potential owner, or simply curious, this guide will unravel the allure of the Afghan Hound, shedding light on its rich heritage, unique characteristics, and the care it deserves.
The Afghan Hound is one of the oldest breeds, dating back thousands of years. The Afghan Hound is a member of the Greyhound family and are a sighthound breed. Their ancestors are originally from Persia moving to Afghanistan where they worked protecting sheep and cattle.
Afghan Hound’s were once a harsh hunter in their native land where they were used to hunt leopard, wolves and jackals. They have now been breed to be an obedient, gentle dog. The Afghan Hound was introduced into Western civilization late in the nineteenth century.
Much credit to the breed is given to Major Amps and his wife Mary who while living in Ghazni, Afghanistan established their kennel “Ghazni”. Mary also did much research and writing on the breed. Their hounds are found in most American Afghan Hound pedigrees.
Other Names for the Afghan Hound
The Afghan hound is known by that name is English speaking countries around the world. However, depending on where you are in the world, they are also known as the following:
- Tāzī Spay (or Tazi)
- Balkh Hound
- Baluchi Hound
- Barutzy Hound
- Shalgar Hound
- Kabul Hound
- Galanday Hound
The breed has a refined, elongated face with a slight convex bend to the nose. The ears are set low and covered with long hair.
Their eyes are almond-shaped, dark in color, and give off a somewhat oriental and mysterious expression.
Adult males typically stand between 27 to 29 inches tall at the shoulders, while females usually measure between 25 to 27 inches. Their weight can range from 50 to 60 pounds, with males typically being slightly heavier than females.
Height: Afghan Hound Males 27 to 29 inches, Females 25 to 27 inches
Weight: Afghan Hound Males 60 lbs., Females 50 lbs.
Afghan Hound – Coat & Colors
One of the most defining features of the Afghan Hound is its long, fine, silky coat. The coat can come in a variety of colors and is especially thick and luxurious on the neck and head, forming what’s often called a “topknot.”
Here are some images of the different colors that Afghan Hounds come in.
Black Afghan Hound
Cream or White Afghan Hound
Red, Golden, Silver Afghan Hound
Brindle Point Domino Afghan Hound
Brindle Afghan Hound
Black and Tan Afghan Hound
Blue Afghan Hound
Oyster Brindle Afghan Hound
Domino Afghan Hound
By nature, Afghan Hound are gentle souls that are quite reserved yet lively and active.
They are good with children, but an Afghan Hound are better suited to families with older children.
Afghan Hound’s may chase small animals such as cats unless they have been raised with them.
Despite their detached demeanor, Afghan Hounds are deeply loyal to their families. They form strong bonds with their human companions and can be affectionate and loving, especially with those they trust.
Care and Training
Afghan Hound’s needs extensive grooming of their coat. Daily is recommended. Bathing two or three times per month, paying special attention to the ears. Afghan Hound’s love to run. Daily exercise is needed for the Afghan Hound, preferable morning and evening runs.
Afghan Hound Life Span
The Afghan Hound typically has a lifespan of around 12 to 15 years. Like all breeds, their lifespan can be influenced by factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, regular veterinary care, and overall living conditions.
With proper care and attention, some Afghan Hounds can even live longer than the typical range.
Life Span: 12 – 15 Years
Litter Size: 6 – 8