Afghan Hound review

Negative reviews


i at one time was considering a afghan hound, as who wouldnt appreciate their beauty, but i found out they are aloof and cat like, which i dont like in a dog, so im glad i did research to find that out first. some people dont mind that in a dog, but it just isnt for me

Neutral reviews


Be honest... is there tension in your home? Are people loud or angry or emotional? Are there arguments or fights? Afghan Hounds are extremely sensitive to stress and can end up literally sick to their stomachs, with severe digestive upsets and neurotic behaviors, if the people in their home are having family problems. Sighthounds are peaceful dogs who need a peaceful, harmonious home.


If you have young children, I do not recommend an Afghan Hound. These sensitive dogs often feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can't help making – and stress and shyness may be the result.


Some Afghan Hounds are indeed dignified, while others are altogether silly clowns, and still others alternate gleefully between the two.


The Afghan's independent nature and large size make him best suited as an adult companion. The Afghan is not likely to want to follow around and play with children. In fact, a child's quick movements and noise level can startle the Afghan. With proper socialization, though, the Afghan can adjust to life in a family with children and be loving and with them.

The Afghan tends to most enjoy the company of his own kind--other Afghan Hounds. The Afghan will tolerate, even be indifferent, to other pets in a household. Not surprisingly, the Afghan's hunter's instinct leads him to chase small animals, especially if they run away.


Since ancient times, Afghan Hounds have been famous for their elegant beauty. But the thick, silky, flowing coat that is the breed’s crowning glory isn’t just for show — it served as protection from the harsh climate in mountainous regions where Afghans originally earned their keep. Beneath the Afghan’s glamorous exterior is a powerful, agile hound — standing as high as 27 inches at the shoulder — built for a long day’s hunt. Their huge paw-pads acted as shock absorbers on their homeland’s punishing terrain.


The Afghan Hound should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). As sight hounds, Afghan Hounds have naturally svelte physiques, and their protruding hipbones are a unique breed characteristic, not a sign of being underweight. That said, Afghan Hounds are athletic, active dogs, so be mindful that your dog is getting enough good nutrition to meet his needs


The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness. He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past. The striking characteristics of the breed-exotic, or “Eastern,” expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent hipbones, large feet, and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the stifle due to profuse trouserings-stand out clearly, giving the Afghan Hound the appearance of what he is, a king of dogs, that has held true to tradition throughout the ages.


The Afghan hound is a "high maintenance" dog for a number of reasons. Though highly intelligent, Afghans can be difficult to train because they are stubborn. They are highly sensitive to harsh correction, which often elicits a refusal to obey. They respond best to gentle guidance and firm discipline. Regular grooming is key to maintaining the Afghan's coat. Afghans require weekly baths and brushing to remove dead hair and to prevent the tangling and matting to which they are prone. Adult Afghans shed in the spring and fall, and after illnesses; unspayed bitches shed their coats after every season.


The Afghan Hound is not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with acreage. This breed can live in or outdoors, although it would be happier sleeping indoors.


Low Watchdog Ability: The Afghan Hound is typically a one-person or one-family dog. Do not look for this hound to eagerly greet your guests. More likely, he will offend them by being indifferent to their presence. While some hounds may bark once or twice when a stranger enters the home, this breed is not known to be a good watchdog.


I've always heard Salukis described as a little bit softer than Afghans by people who have owned both. Afghans are feistier maybe because the prey they caught differed (that is what my afghan friend hypothesized anyway). IMO they're remarkably similar in temperament and if you can handle the Salukis you can handle an Afghan. Yes, people do shave Afghans, it's quite common if they're not being shown or no longer being shown.


I manage an Afghan Hound rehoming/rescue program and have owned them for over 20 years. I love the breed. As far as your exercise requirements that you have for your Salukis - they would suffice for an Afghan Hound. They are actually couch potatoes in the house. I have a couple of rescues (I just gave them their summer clip down) and a couple of show ones. Their hair is similar to human hair (does not blow out like other breeds, but falls out like human hair). If you keep up with the grooming, even the grooming requirements are not that hard. Cats & Afghans...I always ask 'how is your cat around dogs'. If you cat 'runs' from dogs - a good chance it will get chased. If it doesn't - good chance it won't get chased. Their game is about the 'chase' not about the 'kill'. Although some depending on the lineage can have a higher prey drive - they are smart enough to know the difference between the family cat and a wild animal. I don't know the personality of a Saluki - so can't offer a comparison to that breed.


The Afghan Hound needs plenty of exercise. In order to burn off energy, it must be walked daily or given an enclosed area in which to run—preferably both. Apartment life is not recommended. Provide plenty of water when exercising to prevent overheating.

Positive reviews


The Afghan Hound is elegance personified. This unique, ancient dog breed has an appearance quite unlike any other: dramatic silky coat, exotic face, and thin, fashion-model build. Looks aside, Afghan enthusiasts describe this hound as both aloof and comical. Hailing from Afghanistan, where the original name for the breed was Tazi, the Afghan is thought to date back to the pre-Christian era and is considered one of oldest breeds.


Beautiful dog. 


That dog is one majestic