Afghan Hound Breed Profile


The looks of the Afghan Hound alone tells its own story. The long fur and elongated muzzle just begs for attention. This breed of dog lives up to its looks in more ways than one. Acting aloof to strangers, clowning around family and other familiar people. However this breed of dog does like its independence, and is known to have low obedience intelligence. But with a face like that, how can you not love it?

Family Friendly

This dog loves to be loved. It is good with being a family dog, but is wary of small children, preferring instead the company of families with older children.

Lifespan and Weight

Being a large dog, the Afghan Hound has a robust lifespan of 12-15 years. Advances in Veterinary Medicine, dogs such as these can live upwards of 20 years or more. These dogs have an average weight of around 50 to 60 lbs.

Would Make a Great Pet?

This pet would make a great pet for the outdoors with an owner with a big yard and lots of attention to give. This dog would make a fantastic pet for the right person.

Common Diseases

This lovable pooch isn't without its fair share of health problems. Its health problems include, but are not limited to juvenile cataracts, possible hip dysplasia. Afghan Hounds have a tendency to sensitivity to drugs such as flea powders and tickicides. Rare cases of progressive paralysis, cryptochidism monorchidism, and possible heart problems.

Housebreaking and Shedding Factor

This type of breed is best used as an outside dog. Shedding is very minimal. Housebreaking is out of the question.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is best compatible with the owner who has a lot of patience, love, and time to give. This dog needs to be socialized often, This is not the type of dog that is appropriate for an apartment or condo situation, as this breed of dog would need lots of room for exercise and play. The best type of owner has lots of space and a huge yard for exercise and play.

Average Cost

This breed of dog does not come cheaply. Puppies average from $1,200 and more each.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy an Afghan Hound are from reputable breeders and rescue groups or animal shelters.

The Aggression Factor

Other than the fact this breed needs alot of socialization at a very early age, there are no real aggression problems.

Noise Factor

Makes good watch dogs and guard dogs. This is NOT an apartment or condo breed. This breed of dog is best suited for a yard to play in.

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