Afghan Hound

Character and temperament

These dogs have an independent spirit yet can still be very affectionate with their owners. They they can be tolerant of children but may be problematic with small pets. Although in different with strangers they can be very playful with unfamiliar dogs. A sensitive and elegant dog that can remain aloof as well as showing a keen side in their nature.


Afghan hounds date back to pre Christian times, they are among the most ancient of breeds. It is thought that they were originally bred for chasing large game such as deer and Leopard.

General description

Afghans have a very long and very fine coat that can be various colours. They have a dignified and graceful poise. A long refined head and ears covered with long silky fur. The Afghan hound is a large breed though well proportioned with long legs and a long body.


Afghans can become fussy eaters. They need a strict regime of no treats from a very young age. Occasionally afghans develop allergies to cows milk.


Afghans have a lot of energy and enjoy daily walks with plenty of time off the lead to run. As puppies their exercise must be monitored carefully so as not to damage bones. Although their exercise requirements are high and they have a lot of energy, when it home they can be calm and relaxed.


Afghans look lovely when they're fully groomed but it can take a long time each day to look after their coats. It is recommended that you take them to a professional groomer regularly.

Other information

The first known afghan hound in this country was called Zardin and was brought over from Afghanistan by Captain Banff.

Aghans like complete privacy when whelping.


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8, but this varies greatly from 1 to 15!
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