Glamour in the dog world comes in many forms, but the Afghan must be in the top ten of anybody’s list. The breed standard talks of strength and dignity as well as an Oriental expression with which the dog looks at and through any stranger.
The silky coat is to many the greatest attraction of the breed, but those in the show ring look the way they do only because someone has regularly put a great deal of experienced effort into grooming.
One of the typical sighthounds of the world, the Afghan – who, as his name implies, comes from the mountains of Afghanistan – is a hunter and will chase electric hare or the neighbour’s cat, so basic training, especially the re-call, is not easily accomplished.
The first Afghans arrived in Britain in the early 1900s and one, called Zardin, won in spectacular style at the 1907 Crystal Palace show. The breed is also known as the Tazi, supporting its resemblance to a Russian breed of that name.
Temperamentally the Afghan has a tendency to be aloof with those he doesn’t know, but has great affection and faithfulness for his owner.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Hound Breed Group
Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.