Learn All About Afghan Hounds

The Afghan Hound is an eye-catching dog breed that gives an aristocratic appearance.

It’s regal and elegant complete with grace. Despite its royal presence, this breed can sometimes act silly but always remains loyal.

What You Should Know

The Afghan Hound is an old breed, possible even the oldest of purebred dogs. Some myths claim the Afghan Hound was the canine on Noah’s Ark. Because of how far it goes back, there’s no written history on its origins. All we know is that this breed was a hunting companion and loyal to royals throughout the ages.

We don’t see it enter the Western world until later in the 1800s. That’s when English officers returning from the expeditions brought the breed back to Europe. By the early 1900s, Afghan Hounds became their breed of choice.

The AKC first registered this breed in 1927, but it didn’t become popular with American owners until the 1930s. Even now, it requires a special kind of owner.

What Sound Do They Make?

The Afghan Hound doesn’t tend to bark often. It also has a low pain tolerance. Minor wounds seem to bother them excessively. This leads to plenty of whining from the breed.

If you want to hear what their whining sounds like, just watch this video.

Group Characteristics

This breed is loyal to one person, in particular. They don’t typically make a good family pet but will tolerate children. It doesn’t appreciate rough play and doesn’t want to engage with most people.

In fact, when guests arrive at the house, the Afghan Hound generally comes across as indifferent because it just doesn’t care about them. That’s why this dog is rarely used as a watchdog.

An Afghan Hound litter typically includes about seven puppies. All of these dogs are born blind.

How Many Are There?

We don’t know how many Afghan Hounds there are worldwide, but we do know they nearly disappeared during World War I. At this time, they are listed as #113 on the AKC Most Popular Breeds list.

Watch a Video

Here’s an informative video about the Afghan Hound.

If you prefer to laugh today, enjoy this funny compilation of Afghan Hound dogs.

Pop Culture

Because of its beauty and unique appearance, the Afghan Hound remains popular in TV and animation. Here are some places you might have seen one.

  • Sylvie in Universal Pictures’ Balto
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • 102 Dalmatians
  • Ruby in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure

In 2005, Hwang Woo-Suk, a Korean scientist became the first person to clone a dog. It was an Afghan Hound that he named Snuppy. A year later, he was dismissed from the university because he fabricated data, but Snuppy was a true clone – the first in history.

Interesting Facts

The Afghan Hound is as fast as a racehorse. It easily reaches speeds up to 40 mph when it wants to. The fastest horse in the world only reached 43.97 mph.

An Afghan Hound is known for long, flowing hair. While this gives the dog a regal appearance is also was designed to keep them warm in the Afghani climate.

Because an afghan is a sighthound, they tend to run often. As soon as they see something that interests them, they will take off in pursuit. That’s why owners must keep their Afghan Hound in a fenced-in yard or attached to a tight least. Furthermore, the Afghan Hound will run straight across a street without ever looking to see if something is coming. When this combines with their fast speed, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.