Afghan Hound

Hound Group

Three Afghan Hounds lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

25-27 in

Weight

50-60 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-18 yrs

History

The exact time and place of the Afghan Hound's origin is unknown because the breed actually predates written history. Many researchers believe that the Afghan Hound may actually be the most ancient breed of dog and likely arose in the area that is now Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. These sighthounds were bred to hunt and were seen as a status symbol in the mountains of Asia. They did not become popular in the United States until the 1900's when Zeppo Marx, one of the famous Marx brothers, imported 2 Afghan Hounds from England.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Afghan Hounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

As sighthounds, they will chase anything that moves and can run quite fast

Aloof, dignified, and dismissive of affection at times but can also be goofy and fun-loving

Have a low pain tolerance and can be a bit dramatic about the smallest of cuts or injuries

Known to be clownish and mischievous

Independent and can be difficult to motivate while training