Child friendliness
Dog friendliness
Can be alone
Needs exercise

General appearance

These dogs were used to hunt chamois and gazelles, fighting wolves and other predators. The dog's strength lies in its stamina. During a parforce hunt he measured wildly over many kilometers. The Afghan hound has also been found in Europe for a century. It is mainly kept as an elegant companion dog. He has a swinging gait and long hair. It is very important that he gets a lot of exercise and is not kept as a decoration object. He must be able to enjoy himself, which works best during greyhound training or by running with the bicycle. Afghans are usually sandy yellow, but all colors are allowed, from snow white to pitch black.

Raising an Afghan Hound

An Afghan Hound is not a dog for inexperienced people, they are independent and therefore not easy to educate. However, on the basis of mutual respect one can achieve a lot, but they will never really listen perfectly. Hitting and shouting provokes an adverse reaction. Kindness, patience, love and respect are the magic words for a good relationship with the Afghan Hound. I hope this story does not dissuade you from your intention to adopt an Afghan Hound, but it does make you consider whether you are suitable as a personal assistant to this enchanting animal.

Looking for more information about training your Afghan Hound? Check out our Afghan Greyhound parenting page .


Size: 63-74 cm Weight: 23-27 kg Color: all colors allowed, often sandy yellow


Characteristic of a breed that had to independently catch prey is its independent nature. The Afghan is not selected for obedience, but only for performance, hunger, speed, agility and courage. You don't take one to have special tricks done (although in America there is a circus number with Afghans!), But it only really clicks between dog and owner if there is mutual respect for each other: people live together and try each other to their fullest. to come. In addition, the human being is of course the one who provides and determines the circumstances. If one can't provide an Afghan with the right environment, don't take one. Respect for the dog also means that you do not treat him harshly in education, so certainly do not beat it. The dog will then no longer respect you, may be afraid of you, but at the same time despise you. It will then be nothing between the two of you. Still, the dog must come to understand that in some ways you are the leader who sets boundaries and laws that he must adhere to. One of the many pleasant qualities of the adult Afghan is the behavior inside the house: very restrained and calm and so completely different from the cheerful and busy shepherd and gundog breeds that are so much liked by others. The Afghan usually gets along very well with other pets. Outside he is usually not aggressive towards other dogs, but when attacked the real Afghan is often invincible! We do not recommend the Afghan to very young children who do not know how to behave towards the dog and who sometimes unconsciously show cruel or clumsy behavior.


Exercise is very important for the physical and mental health of the Afghan. Until the age of about 6 months, he can get all the exercise he needs in his own home and garden. He should never get too much exercise and as soon as he starts showing signs of fatigue, he should be able to go to his own bed and rest. As the Afghan grows up, he will need more exercise. An adult Afghan, who gets too little exercise, can quickly become a nuisance in the family. With not enough exercise to keep him happy, he will think up and do other things. Unfortunately, these things are not always appreciated in the house. Movement must be given regardless of the weather, the state of one's health and the availability of time.

Hereditary diseases

No hereditary diseases known

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