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Characteristics Of The Afghan Hound Dog Breed

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The beautiful long shiny, silky coat of the Afghan hound is enough to turn anyone’s head in amazement. The elegant dog breed originated from Afghanistan many thousands of years ago, around 8000 BC-3000 BC. This breed is named Tāžī Spay or Sag-e Tāzī to the locals of Afghanistan.

The Afghan breed isn’t a common breed that you will see daily, unlike a Jack Russell Terrier or a Yorkshire Terrier, these dogs you can see all the time once you step out of the front door. However an Afghan hound is a bit rarer, but one thing is you will not forget them.



The Afghan hound can come across as aloof. They aren’t forthcoming and can be a little distant and uninvolved. However, the Afghan Hound dog breed may do this through choice or play on it more than we think – making them seem aloof when in fact, these dogs are doing what they want when they decide to!


The Afghan hound can give off a clownish characteristic that resembles a clown and being playful. When they aren’t Aloof, they are generally jumping around and overacting. Watching Afghan hounds clownish antics is impressive.


Humans have a lot of respect for the Afghan dog breed. It could be down to their lovely looks, like the long silky hair or perhaps due to the dog’s size. Afghan hound can often show a serious side to them, and they are composed at times of stress.


Another good characteristic of the Afghan hound is that they are always happy. From puppies to adult Afghans, they have a cheerful outlook and are always pleased by the simplest things.


The Afghan hounds love to have their own space, occasionally disappearing to have a little chillout time. They generally don’t depend on their human companions for love or comfort to aid their personalities. The Afghan hounds are friendly whilst still being independent.


Afghan hounds aren’t aggressive dogs; however, they can tell a stranger from a friendly companion, and they will unleash their furious bark at them. But in general, they are very friendly dogs when they get to know you.

We now know the six best fitted characteristics that describes an Afghan hound dog breed. Let’s delve in a little bit deeper and understand and learn even more about this fascinating breed.

High Prey Drive

The Afghan hound is an independent dog that loves to run and play. Be sure always to keep an Afghan on a leash, or they will be off chasing prey in no time! They have a very high prey drive.

Afghan Hound running
They are good runners and very agile.

Guard dog (Alert)

The size of an Afghan hound and their thunderous bark makes them an excellent family guard dog. They are alert when they want to be, and they know who is a stranger and who is not. They will use their enormous bark to warn them off. I think an intruder would certainly think twice about breaking in.


Even though they have a somewhat Aloofness to us, they are, in fact, highly intelligent dogs. When eager and ready to learn on their own terms, the Afghan hound can accomplish many successful training routines.

What drives an Afghan hound? (Not food or treats)

We certainly know that food doesn’t, and this is why training can be somewhat tricky. An Afghan hound needs to decide and be willing in their terms if they can be bothered to train. They are driven by their own means, and if they can be bothered, they can be very dedicated, much more than any other breed, to learning new skills.

They are very independent dogs but still very well behaved.

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The Afghan hound’s alertness benefits the prey drive and makes them suitable for guard dog duties.

High Maintenance

The Afghan hound can be a little high maintenance at times. Their stubbornness often comes through at certain times, especially during the training. You cant train by being firm; an Afghan Hound needs a gentle voice, or they will not play along.

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Origin: Afghanistan
Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: Aloof, Clownish, Dignified, Happy, Independent, Friendly
Height: Male: 68–74 cm, Female: 60–69 cm
Colours: Black, Cream, Red


The Afghan dog breed is one of the unique breeds; they have gained many human companions’ hearts and minds. If you are lucky enough to pass one on your travels, you will notice their beautiful looks, and you will not forget them. If you’re fortunate to own one, I think you can safely agree that the breed is unique and has glamorous qualities.

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