General Information

Dog NameAfghan Hound
Other NamesAffie
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
Country of OriginAfghanistan

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span10
Min Ideal Weight for male22
Max Ideal Weight for male23
Min Ideal Weight for female20
Max Ideal Weight for male23


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentClownish, Friendly, Stubborn
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginAfghanistan
Nicknames and Other NamesOgar Afgan, Tazhi Spay, Eastern Greyhound,
Tazi, Da Kochonyo Spay, Persian Greyhound,
Barakzai Hound, Sage Balochi
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
Bred ForHunting
Recognized ByKC (UK), FCI, UKC, NZKC, ANKC, CKC, AKC
Life Span12-18 years
Ideal Weight 50-60 pounds
Ideal Height 25-27 inches
Fur TypeThick and Silky
Common ColorsBlack, Black & Tan, Shite, Silver, Red,
Blue & Cream, Silver
MarkingsBrindle Black Mask, Black Mask,
Brindle Domino, Brindel Black Mask
AchievementsWinning Dog Shows
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBorzoi

The Afghan Hound is a member of the sighthound family of dogs that are separated by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail has a ring-like curl at the end.

Afghan Breed, also locally known as Tazi, was originated in Afghanistan bred for its unique characteristics in the cold mountains of Afghanistan.

Origin of Afghan Hound Breed

The Afghan Hound is a very ancient breed of dogs which was originally bred in Afghanistan, Pakistan and northen India thousands of years ago. They are said to be reared by leaders like Genghis khan.

The Afghan Hound was primarily bred for hunting purposes and was used to kill animals like antelopes and even leopards. They also served as house guards and herd dogs.
Two astonishing Afghan Hounds.

According to Street Directory, the real beginning of the breed in the USA began with the first Ghazni imports back in 1931, when Zeppo Marx and his wife brought a bitch from England.

Asra, Omar and Badshah, altogether, formed the cornerstone of the breed of Afghan Hound in America. 

Are these dogs child-friendly?

The Afghan Hounds are usually good and loving with children but have a low pain tolerance. If the children cause excessive pain to the hound, it is less likely that it won’t do anything.

It is better to rear the hound from the age of puppy with children that he/she’ll grow up together. Doing so will increase mutual bonding between them.

Behavior; Temperament & Personality of Afghan Hound Breed

The Afghan Hound are playful as puppies, but as they grow up, they become very independent. They are playful and clownish and love running and galloping through yards and playing with their family.

An Afghan Hound with her owner. Image Source: MySuburbanLife

Afghan Hound seeks the attention of their owner very much as they are much of an attention seeker. They are very athletic and love lounging around the house. They are of very shy nature and hence not so friendly among us.

The tazi breed has a dramatic silky coat, an exotic face and is thin with fashion-build like body structure.

Trainability of Afghan Hounds Breed

Afghan Hounds are very stubborn and notoriously difficult to train and like a true aristocrat, they don’t like being told what to do.

Afghan Hounds belong to the sighthound family of dogs. So, they have their own independent and complex personality and don’t like to be forced on to do something against their will.

An Afghan Hound Puppy being trained.

It requires positive treatment and a lot of patience while working with this breed. As the hounds are both physically and emotionally sensitive, it requires a light hand on the leash while training them.

Facts about Afghan Hounds

Here are some facts about the Afghan hound’s breeds.

  1. In 1996, World Dog Show, Afghan Hound Won the BIS (Best in Show) Award. They have also won BIS in 1957 and 1983.
  2. They are one of the most ancient breeds of dogs.
  3. They were used to hunt animals like antelopes and even leopards.
  4. They are very fast runners.
  5. They are Sighthounds.
  6. Training them is a quite difficult challenge.
  7. They have a silky coat and exotic face.
  8. They need the attention of their owner very much.
  9. They are very sensitive.
  10. They were originally bred in Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan.
  11. They are ae shy and aloof.

Health Issues of Afghan Hound

Common HealthIssuesCataracts, Hypothyroidism, Cancer
VaccinationRequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Leptospirosis,
Kennel Cough, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingModerate Shedding
DroolingNo, unless sick or hurt
GroomingEasy and high requirement
Weight GainPotentialLow
SeparationAnxietyModerate Chance
AllergiesSkin allergies
Diets andSupplements26% protein and 10% crude Fat
1.18 % calcium
2-GI Probiotics

Every dog has its own health issues and minorities that every dog owner should be aware of.

If you own an Afghan hound and are concerned about your dog’s health condition and the issues he/she may have, here are some health-related facts about them.

  1. Afghan hounds suffer from cataracts which often lead to blindness.
  2. Many afghan hounds have thyroid disease.
  3. Chronic allergies cause itchy skin conditions.
  4. They are extra sensitive to anesthetics and require an experienced and professional vet.
  5. They like chasing other small animals, so they are likely to be killed by cars.
An Afghan Hound being diagnosed. Image Source: The Mirror


The Afghan Hound dog breeds have usually

  • Silver Brindle
  • Red Brindle
  • White
  • Cream Brindle
  • Red Domino
  • Blue Brindle.

Some dogs are also found to have blue with black mask, black and silver and red domino brindle colors.

Price of Afghan hound dog’s puppies

The Afghan Hound puppies are adorable cute little dogs that are demanded in almost ever corner of the world.

Two Afghan Hound puppies. Image Source: Dog Breed Selector Quiz

The puppies of Afghan Hound normally costs $2250-$6500 USD when bought from a legal dog breed store.

Which dogs are they similar to?

The Afghan Hounds have many similar breeds such as :

Greyhound and Saluki are also the most similar breeds that match the appearance as well as characteristics of afghan hounds.

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