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Afghan Hound

One of the most famous owners of the Afghan Hound was Pablo Picasso, who named his dog Kabul, and featured the breed in some of his paintings.

About the Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound’s innate grace and piercing gaze has won them many admirers across the world. Originally bred as hunting dogs across mountains and deserts, the Afghan Hound possesses impressive speed, stamina and agility.

Although reserved with strangers, the Afghan Hound is affectionate, loyal and playful with their human family. That being said, the Afghan Hounds are known to have a relatively independent mind and don’t respond well to strict training methods. They are best suited to owners with experience.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

AKC Hound Group, FCI Group 10
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–18 years

Athletic / Independent / Intelligent / Loyal / Playful

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Needs an experienced owner
  • Needs a lot of exercise

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