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All Dog Breeds >>Appearance of Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is tall, standing 24 to 29 inches (61 to 74 cm) in height and weighing 45 to 60 pounds (20 to 27 kg). The coat may be any colour, but white markings, particularly on the head, are discouraged; many individuals have a black facial mask. Some specimens have facial hair that looks like a Fu Manchu moustache that are called "mandarins." Some Afghan Hounds are almost white, but particolour hounds (white with islands of red or black) are not acceptable and may indicate impure breeding.

The long, fine-textured coat requires considerable care and grooming. The long topknot and the shorter-haired saddle on the back in the miniature dog are distinctive features of the Afghan Hound coat. The high hipbones and unique small ring on the end of the tail are also characteristics of the breed.

Afghan Hound Training

The Afghan Hound is the hardest to train of all dog breeds. He learns new commands slower than all other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.

Afghan Hound Shedding

The Afghan Hound sheds a fair amount of hair. You'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.

Afghan Hound Grooming

The long coat of the Afghan Hound requires brushing a few times a week to keep it tangle-free.
Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.