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Afghan Hound

Origin Afghanistan
GroupHunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Afghan Hound have? The breed also known as...
Baluchi Hound, Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Eastern Greyhound / Persian Greyhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Afghan Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$2000-$2500
If you choose to purchase the Afghan Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Afghan Hound gets to a happy place.

History

The Afghan Greyhound is one of the most ancient dog breeds. According to legend, his ancestor also traveled on Noah's Ark. On the other hand, it is a fact that it dates from the days before Christ, and even a cave drawing, which was made in 2000 BC.
Afghan vision was excellent and very good. The Afghan Hound used hunting and hunting dogs first, and even the Afghan kings and aristocrats served hunting dogs for hundreds of years. Although it was forbidden to export a dog, the breed was removed from Afghanistan to England before the twentieth century. They started breeding their current version in England. At this time, thanks to Captain Banff, in 1907, he was introduced to the Crystal Palace Kennel Club Show, the kind that fascinated everyone.
In 1926, he was awarded the Kennel Club status in Great Britain, but only ten years later he recognized the species of the United States.
Since 1970 he has been considered a luxury dog.

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General Appearance

Size
What is the Afghan Hound's size? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Afghan Hound weigh?
Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)50-64 pounds (22-34 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
57 pounds (28 kg)
Height
How tall is the Afghan Hound?
27-29 inches (69-74 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
28 inches (71.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Afghan Hound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the Afghan Hound's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
TanBlue CreamRedWhiteSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Afghan Hound and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Afghan Hound requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Afghan Hound is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Afghan Hounds shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Afghan Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Afghan Hound have?
AloofDignifiedIndependentClownishHappy
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Afghan Hound?
Low: The Afghan Hound if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Afghan Hounds easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Afghan Hounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Afghan Hounds, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Afghan Hounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Afghan Hounds are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Afghan Hounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Afghan Hounds bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low: The Afghan Hound barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Afghan Hounds good watchdogs?
Afghan Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Afghan Hounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Afghan Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Afghan Hound do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Afghan Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Afghan Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Afghan Hound to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Afghan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Afghan Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Afghan Hounds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Afghan Hounds good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Afghan Hounds are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Afghan Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Afghan Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Afghan Hounds kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Afghan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Afghan Hounds get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Afghan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Afghan Hounds get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Afghan Hounds are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Afghan Hounds have health problems?
Afghan Hounds are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Afghan Hounds live? What is this dog average life span?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Afghan Hound breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Afghan Hounds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Afghan Hound have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Afghan Hounds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Afghan Hounds require per day?
Afghan Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Afghan Hounds don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Afghan Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low. The Afghan Hound has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Afghan Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers cold weather
The Afghan Hound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Afghan Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Afghan Hound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Afghan Hound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Afghan Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Afghan Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Afghan Hound have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Afghan Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Advantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Afghan Hounds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low.
  • Drooling tendency: The Afghan Hound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Barking: Low: The Afghan Hound barks none to minimal.
  • Apartment Friendly: Afghan Hounds are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: Afghan Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.

Disadvantages

  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Afghan Hound if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Watchdog Ability: Afghan Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Territorial: Afghan Hounds can't provide protection for their territory.

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