Since ancient times, Afghan Hounds have been famous for their elegant beauty. But the thick, 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 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 act as shock absorbers on their homeland’s punishing terrain.
The breed’s devotees swear by its faithfulness and endearing personality. But Afghans come with conditions: The grooming, the running, a high prey drive, and the challenge of training an independent hound. It’s a special breed for special people.
Did You Know?
Pablo Picasso owned an Afghan Hound named Kabul. His 1962 painting “Femme au chien” features an Afghan Hound. It was sold for more than $10 million in 2012.
The Afghan Hound first appeared in the United States in 1926. Zeppo Marx of the Marx Brothers was one of the first to bring Afghan Hounds to America.
The hound's popularity soared when Mattel’s Barbie doll and Beauty, her pet Afghan Hound, found their way into the homes and hearts of countless American girls.
In 1940, the Afghan Hound Club of America was admitted to AKC membership and held its first specialty show.
Snuppy, an Afghan Hound, became the first cloned dog in 2005. Scientists in South Korea used skin cells from a 3-year-old Afghan Hound in the process, which involved 123 surrogate mothers.
Afghan Hounds won Best in Show at Westminster in 1957 and 1983.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Silver||016|
|Black & Tan||018|
|Blue & Cream||273|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Brindle Black Mask||069|