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Afghan Hound

Loyal and dignified, with distinctive good looks, could an Afghan Hound be an exotic new addition to your facility?

With images dating back to around 1813, the Afghan Hound is a very old breed. They may also be known as Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Barakzai Hound, Eastern Greyhound or Persian Greyhound. They were bred for hunting and are a sight hound with great speed and endurance. 

Afghan Hounds are a large dog, weighing between 20 and 27kg and around 61 to 73cm tall. Females are usually smaller than males. Their colours include gold, fawn, brindle, white, red, blue, cream, grey and tri colour. 

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Also known as

Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Barakzai Hound, Eastern Greyhound/Persian Greyhound

Origin

Afhanistan 

Bred for

Sighthound 

Size 

Weight 20 to 27kgs, Height 61 to 73cm

Weight Range

20 to 27kgs

Colours

Fawn, Gold, Brindle, White, Red, Cream, Blue, Gray and Tricolour

Life expectancy

11 to 13 years

Coat

Long, fine coat, requires regular grooming 

Temperament 

Aloof, active, playful 

Exercise requirements

High 

Best suited for 

Active households of experienced dog people

Apartment Friendly

Better suited to larger properties 

Personality

The Afghan Hound is said to be aloof but loyal. They value exercise and excel at agility. They have an independent streak and suit an active household of experienced dog people. As sight hounds with an instinct for hunting, it is important to take care if introducing them to other small animals and may not be the right dog for a household with other small pets such as cats, guinea pigs or birds. They generally enjoy the company of other dogs if socialised from an early age.

Grooming

Afghan Hounds have a very long, fine coat that requires considerable care and grooming. Regular brushing is essential to avoid knots in the coat and remove debris such as grass seeds. The long coat can hide parasites such as fleas and ticks, so make sure your Afghan Hound flea and tick control all year round. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Afghan Hound, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Make sure that you feed a large breed puppy food to your Afghan Hound puppy to give them the best start in life. Always ensure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns

Afghan Hounds are prone to gastrointestinal issues including gastritis, diarrhoea and vomiting. As a large breed dog with a deep chest, Afghan Hounds are also susceptible to gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). This is a life-threatening condition where the stomach becomes bloated with food and gas. 

Hip and elbow dysplasia are also problems that can occur in Afghan Hounds.

Most popular Afghan Hound names

According to PetSure data from 2000-2020 the most popular names for Afghan Hound were: 

Most popular names

  1. Kiki
  2. Bella
  3. Evie
  4. Lily
  5. Mr
  6. Pearl
  7. Teddy
  8. Test
  9. Tommy
  10. Angel

Most popular female names

  1. Bella
  2. Evie
  3. Lily
  4. Pearl
  5. Angel
  6. Emma
  7. Eva
  8. Jessie
  9. Luna
  10. Mac

Most popular male names 

  1. Kiki
  2. Mr
  3. Teddy
  4. Tommy
  5. Banjo
  6. Bo
  7. Casper
  8. Honey
  9. Hunter
  10. Leo

Did you know?

Afghan Hounds can be sensitive to drugs such as anaesthetics and sedatives, thought to be due to a deficiency in a enzyme in the liver which breaks down certain drugs from the body. 

Afghan hound FAQs

Where can I get an Afghan Hound?

Although they are a pure breed of dog, you may be able to find an Afghan Hound or cross breed through a breed specific rescue. Also be sure to check out your local pet rescue shelter where you might find your new best friend. 

How much does an Afghan Hound cost?

The price of Afghan Hound dogs varies between different breeding farms. At an average breeding farm, you can get one for $2000 to $2500 whereas at a reputable breeding farm, you'll find most Afghan Hounds priced up to $5500. Afghan Hounds bred in Central Asia are generally stronger and more expensive.

How much should you exercise your Afghan Hound?

Afghan Hounds thrive on open grounds and enjoy running around in fresh air. Long, daily walks around the neighbourhood are strongly recommended to keep an Afghan Hound's health in check and improve their quality of life. Afghan Hounds do not have many exercise needs, they do well with daily walks and healthy training.

How much should an Afghan Hound weigh?

Afghan Hound dogs are a medium to large breed and can weigh up to 35 kg when fully mature. A good rule of thumb for an Afghan Hound's healthy weight is to make sure there are no ribs visible. Healthy Afghan Hounds, both male and female, weigh between 26 and 34 kg.

What do Afghan Hound puppies eat?

Afghan Hound puppies need a lot of protein to grow and develop into a mature, functioning adult dog. One cup or a cup and a half of puppy-specific dry feed daily is enough to stimulate healthy development in an Afghan Hound puppy.

Is the Afghan Hound dangerous?

Afghan Hounds are generally very friendly and fare well with company. However, they are stubborn and get bored easily. Leash training for daily walks keeps their strong prey instinct at rest and meets their exercise needs well too. Afghan Hounds are sensitive and take their time to trust everyone.

References

  1. American Kennel Club, About the Afghan Hound, Accessed on 11/01/2021
  2. Wikipedia, Afghan Hound, Accessed on 11/01/2021
  3. Dogs NSW, Breeds Afghan Hound, Accessed on 11/01/2021

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