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Afghan Hound – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Afghan Hound

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1926
  • Lifespan: 12-18 years
  • Size: Large
  • Energy: High
  • Recommended Crate Size: 48" dog crate*

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The Afghan Hound is one of the most ancient dogs in history. The origins of its breeding still remain unclear. One of them is that the dog came over to Afghanistan along with the army of Alexander the Great. There are rock carvings in the caves of Afghanistan that support this theory. Also, legend has it that this was a dog rescued on Noah’s ark.

The only fact that people know about this breed is that it has a close relationship with the Saluki, supported by their similar appearance.

The Afghans were bred for hunting in the deserts and mountains. They are able to corner the prey and keep them at bay until the owners come and catch it. Since they are quite independent in hunting, they do not need a lot of directions.

This dog breed can run as almost fast as a purebred racehorse. Their speed range is up to 40mph.

The other ability they have is their 270-degree vision allowing them to see things behind them.

Their long silky fur is not simply for looking regal. It has an important role as a protection toward the harsh climate in the mountains of Afghanistan.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Afghan in 1926.

These high energy dogs are known as loving, sweet, and silly. But, uniquely, they are also identified as being independent and aloof.

Training them can be a challenge since they are freethinkers. This dog is not a couch potato that loves laying on the sofa or bed.

Being a sighthound makes them naturally chase things they see or want. Hence, it is better to put them contained within fences. And, because they are such great jumpers too, the fence should be 6 feet tall. When you want to walk them, make sure to use a strong leash so they cannot run easily.


The Afghans are tall dogs. They can stand at a height of 25-27 inches and weigh between 50-60 pounds.

They have a long and narrow head and muzzle with a lean body and high hips.

Most of these breeds come with a black facial mask.

One of the unique parts of this dog is the long tail with a ring circle at the end.

Other notable features are their beautiful topknot and long silky flowing coat. The coat can be in any colors such as black, golden, light cream, and grey.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


The Afghan cannot stay beautiful all the time. You will need to give them regular grooming, including frequent brushing and bathing. It will take some time to groom them and is definitely part of the bonding experience with this breed.


This dog is very active. When on walks be mindful that this breed will run chasing something you may not even see. So, either you have a large fenced or take them to a spacious park where they can run as fast as they want. Daily exercise of 40-60 minutes is recommended.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends a 48" dog crates* for most adult Afghans.

Return to the main Dog Crate Sizes Breed Chart.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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