Afghan hound

Other names: Afghan Hound, Tazi, Balkh Hound, Kabul Hound, Barutzy, Baluchi,

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The Afghan Hound exudes both power and speed. His appearance is also characterized by great dignity, especially in his head bearing. The gait of the Afghan Hound is characterized by united, supple and noble movements.



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Hair type Long
Origin Afghanistan
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 63 cm to 69 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 68 cm to 74 cm
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History of the breed

If the origins of the Greyhound Afgha n are, as the name suggests, in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan , it is mainly in Great Britain that the breed was developed . From the beginning of the 20th century, representatives of the breed began to distinguish in canine events organized in the UK, particularly in the Crystal Palace exhibition in 1907 in London.

From sight hunting dog , the Afghan Hound has above all become a show dog and breeders attach great importance to its grooming to shine in competitions. The Afghan Hound breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on December 12, 1961.

Afghan Hound Pictures

Photo of Koyot, Afghan HoundPhoto of Kotékaï, Afghan HoundPhoto of Enzo, Afghan HoundPhoto of El Azzaro de Koulangar, Afghan HoundPhoto of Eros, Afghan HoundPhoto of Larida, Afghan Hound

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Physical features

His hair: long, fine, starting from the forehead towards the back and forming a silky toupee. Shorter and tighter between the shoulder and the kidney. Perfectly lining the ears and limbs.
Its color: all colors and shades.
His head: in shape   elongated, narrow but not too much, well proportioned. The stop is light, the nose is black or brown (in dogs with a light coat), the muzzle long, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, possibly in pincers.
His ears: set low, carried flat against the head, furnished with a long, soft coat.
His eyes: dark in color, possibly golden, almost triangular in shape and displaying a penetrating gaze.
Her body: slender, full of nobility (impression accentuated by the wearing of the head and the dress). The neck is strong, the back straight, muscular and moderately long, the loins broad and short, the croup slightly drooping towards the base of the tail, the hips well apart, the ribs well sprung and the chest well let down.
Its tail: of medium length, set low and raised when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Afghan Hound is attached to its owner, but is suspicious of strangers. Although he seeks the affection of his family and is devoted , he appreciates his independence which must be respected.

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The Afghan Hound calls for a firm education , but without recourse to any form of brutality . Despite his haughty appearance and character, he remains very sensitive and should therefore not be rushed. Progressive learning , relying on rewards and encouragement, as well as quality socialization make the Afghan Hound an excellent companion.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Afghan Hound is a dog who needs space and availability from his master , as much to ensure his maintenance as to offer him daily exercise . A house with a large fenced garden would suit him perfectly.


Ease of gaining weight

The Afghan Hound is a generally healthy dog. However, and despite its long and thick coat, it is rather sensitive to the cold and must therefore be protected against difficult climatic conditions . In addition, the breed is subject to certain predispositions to diseases and anomalies , in particular of an ocular order: cataracts, corneal dystrophy and dysplasia, glaucoma, enlarged palpebral cleft, persistence of the pupillary membrane . Necrotizing myelopathy , dilated cardiomyopathy and hypothyroidism are also among the risks to watch out for in the Afghan Hound.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Minor concerns
Dilated cardiomyopathy
Corneal dysplasia
Hip dysplasia
Corneal dystrophy
Enlarged palpebral cleft
Necrotizing myelopathy
Persistence of the pupillary membrane
Occasional concerns
Ear infection
Gastric torsion
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an Afghan Hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Afghan Hound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Afghan Hound requires a lot of maintenance , especially at the level of its coat which must be the subject of thorough and regular care . The moult is moderate in this dog

Brushing the dog daily is recommended to ensure the beauty and cleanliness of its long, silky bangs. Even if it does not emit a bad odor, the Afghan Hound needs relatively frequent baths with a suitable shampoo . Dogs intended to be exhibited must be groomed several times a year by a professional.

His ears should be examined every week and cleaned with cotton wool soaked in ear cleaner. Their teeth should be brushed regularly to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
1400 €

The purchase price of an Afghan Hound is between € 1,200 and € 1,400.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of an Afghan Hound is between 600 € and 1000 €.

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The Afghan Hound needs a high quality diet , divided into 2 meals per day . It should be appropriate for their level of exercise, size and age.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Afghan Hound needs to stay active and especially to run freely . He cannot be satisfied with simple cleanliness exits. 2 long daily walks are recommended for this dog.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1961


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