Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is the most elegant dog breed you could ever imagine. They are tall, thin, and impressive. They attract looks wherever they go and they can thank that to their stunning coat. Their coat is long and silky. That means they require proper grooming and coat care in order to keep their good looks and for their coat to remain healthy. They are considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds out there and their origins are from the modern-day Afghanistan area. Their original name was Tazi and they are known by many names and some of them are Balkh Hound, Barakzai Hound, Kabul Hound, Shalgar Hound, and Galanday Hound. This exotic breed is gaining popularity around the world and many of these dogs compete in dog shows as well as dog sports.

These dogs have been described as being adaptable and quite affectionate with their family members. They are a part of the sighthound family of dog breeds so they have high energy levels. They were originally used for hunting purposes and were praised for their independent hunting ability. They needed little to no human guidance while hunting. They are able to run over great distances and at a very fast pace so you shouldn’t be surprised that they are one of the fastest dog breeds in the world. In their native region of Afghanistan, their coat served a purpose and that purpose was to keep them warm while hunting in mountainous regions.

Afghan Hound Height


24–28 in (61–71 cm)

Afghan Hound Weight


50–60 lb (22–27 kg)

Afghan Hound Origin



Afghan Hound Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI standard

Since this is one of the oldest dog breeds, it is not surprising that they are registered and accepted by most of the major cynology associations in the world. One of these associations is the FCI - a union of 98 national cynology associations. The FCI has a standard for this breed and it describes them as a pure combination of speed and power. These dogs give an impression of dignity and strength. FCI placed the Afghan Hound in Group 10 (Sighthounds) Section 1 (Long-haired or fringed sighthounds). These dogs are not required to undergo a working trial. According to this standard, the required size for these dogs is 26,5 – 29 in (68 – 74 cm) for the males and 25 – 27 in (63 – 69 cm) for the females.

This breed was registered by the FCI on the 12th of December 1961.

AKC standard

American Kennel Club is one of the biggest cynology associations in the world and it is no wonder they have a standard in place for these dogs. The AKC standard describes the Afghan Hounds as being aristocratic and dignified. The required size for male Afghans according to this standard is 26 – 28 in (66 – 71 cm) and 24 – 26 in (61 – 66 cm) for the females.

These dogs have been registered by the AKC in 1926.

Afghan Hound breeders

Before you start looking for Afghan Hound breeders, make sure that this breed is going to be a good fit for you and/or your family. These dogs are usually very stubborn so make sure that you know how to properly train and socialize your dog. Large dogs are also a large responsibility so do your research and make an informed decision about getting a demanding breed like this one.


World Dog Finder team