Illustration of Afghan Hound

Elegance in movement and carriage topped by a glamorous coat typify the sighthound from Afghanistan. The size range covers the different types used for different terrains: the desert plains or the mountains. Long limbs, a long punishing jaw and amazing speed equip him for his job of hunting deer, gazelle and smaller game like the hare and the fox. It is thought that the Afghan may well have been developed from Salukis brought to Afghanistan from neighbouring Persia and the longer coat develop as protection against the cold environment of the mountainous regions of Afghanistan.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

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