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10 Things Nobody Warns You About An #AfghanHound
  • January 31, 2018
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When you first bring home an Afghan Hound, no matter how much you researched the breed, spoke to the breeder, and read breed books, you can never really anticipate how your life is about to change. These dogs are truly one of a kind. Here are just a few of the things that nobody warns you about when you get one of your own.

1. When you get an Afghan Hound, you become invisible.

When you’re out on a walk, everyone will want to admire your gorgeous Afghan Hound. They’ll ooh and ahh, snap pictures and ask you about your dog, sometimes without even bothering to look up at you. You could wear a huge hat, heck, you could even be in your underwear, and all people would notice was your beautiful dog.

2. They don’t believe in fences

For long-legged, athletic dogs, a fence is merely a suggestion, a belief system. Most Afghan Hounds can clear a four foot fence in one swift leap. Sometimes, they will seem happily contained in their yard, but once they get the opportunity, they’ll find the highest launch point along the fence line and leap over to the other side in pursuit of a cat or rabbit.

3. It’s not as much fun to snuggle them in the summer.

On cold nights, it’s wonderful to snuggle with a Afghan Hound. That long, silky fur feels incredibly cozy and warm. In the summer, however, you’ll both quickly overheat. You can have their coat clipped in the summer, of course, but they’ll still be warm and fluffy. Some people can’t sleep without their hound no matter how hot it is, it just becomes a comfort reflex.

4. Afghan Hounds are sensitive.

If you move house, your Afghan Hound will likely be the last member of the household to fully adjust. They do not take kindly to change, and they’re slow to trust strangers. Routine is a hound’s safe space, as are their favorite people. Unfamiliar environments and unexpected noises make an Afghan Hound nervous, but they’ll guard their beloved humans with their own life.

5. Their ears are always in the way.

An Afghan’s long ears make them all the more beautiful, but they will constantly fall into their food and water. There’s really nothing more special than that moment when your Afghan walks up to you for pets and their wet ears drip all over you.

10 Things Nobody Warns You About An #AfghanHound

6. They look good in anything.

The wet ear problem simply means that you have a wide variety of options for keeping your Afghan’s ears clean and dry. They look extraordinarily elegant in hoods and scarves. Really, anything an Afghan Hound wears becomes high fashion. That modelesque physique can make the silliest doggy pajamas look like experimental runway couture.

7. An Afghan Hound knows they are beautiful.

Though they have all of the typical dog tendencies, like rolling in dead animals and getting muddy, an Afghan has a sort of understated (ok, maybe overstated) natural grace. They are stunning, and they know it. Unlike other dogs, they won’t jump through hoops to prove their loyalty, and they won’t do just anything for a treat. They’re the one breed of dog that knows they’re “worth it,” and it’s obvious from the way they carry themselves.

8. Afghan Hounds are actually very clever.

Many people believe that the Afghan Hound is at the bottom of the list when all of the breeds are ranked in order of greatest intelligence. The truth is, the top-ranked dogs are the ones that are bred to be highly motivated by food, and easily biddable. Border Collies and Labrador Retrievers are easy to train, and they’re wonderful dogs, but that does not mean they are the most intelligent. Afghan Hounds were bred to hunt independently, leading their humans to the prey. There’s no easy way to define canine intelligence, but if it were defined by the ability to make decisions and learn new concepts quickly (when given the right motivation), the Afghan Hound would top the chart.

9. They’re REALLY fast.

Like all sighthounds, Afghan Hounds have a slight build and are able to run very quickly. However, nobody tells you that they don’t just sprint for short distances, they are able to keep up a fast pace for miles. They were bred to have incredible endurance while hunting, and it takes a lot to tire them out. They’re also very sneaky, able to swiftly steal and eat an entire slice of pizza before you even notice it’s gone.

10. That feeling you get when you look into their eyes.

Afghan Hounds have so much love and light in those big brown eyes. There’s so much intelligence and personality behind them, that you almost feel as though you’re looking at a human being. It’s something that you never quite get used to, even after years of living with one of these hounds.

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  1. Michelle La Bella
    On June 30, 2018 at 7:55 am, Michelle La Bella said:

    I had to smile when I read this, it is all so true. The one that really gets me is when people say that afghans are dumb because they don’t rollover and play dead, like many dogs can be trained to do. Instead, they are very independent and stealthy. One of mine, loved taking things out of my purse, or reaching up on the countertops and snatching something and then go to the other side of the room and tossing whatever she got up in the air to say, haha, look what I have. I guess you would have to own an afghan to realize just how intelligent they are.

  2. Susan Aitken
    On June 30, 2018 at 6:11 pm, Susan Aitken said:

    Although it has been a number of years since I was owned by an Afghan, every one of “the 10 things” is so true. There was never a dull moment. To this day I miss his sense of fun. Don’t ever let anyone tell you they are dumb or stupid. They are wise and stealthy.
    Beautiful animals.

  3. Maureen Jamieson
    On July 1, 2018 at 4:01 am, Maureen Jamieson said:

    Loved reading the 10 Comments….Oh how very true they are

  4. Susan Hazan
    On July 1, 2018 at 4:55 pm, Susan Hazan said:

    All so true – reading this made me smile, laugh, even bring tears to my eyes. They really get what it means to share your life with an Afghan. Our Tiffy is a celeb dog – I really can’t walk down the street without stopping and letting people admire, pet and windwr at her. She even has her own Instagram page.

    But the one comment that really touched me was the part about gazing into their eyes. The depth, the empathy, and if course their intelligence. There is no other dog that is more amazing than an Afghan!

  5. Jil Atkinson
    On July 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm, Jil Atkinson said:

    For over 50 years I have never been without at least 3 afghans, and at the moment we have 4. They all live in our home with us, and share everything we have. Their thinking is, what is yours is mine and what is mine stays that way. All the things written above are completely true, but there is even more about the afghan which is totally unique to this wonderful breed. If you are on the afghan’s wavelength, you will always have a smile on your face, whether it has done something naughty, ingenious, or if it’s just lying on your dining room table among the crockery looking innocent and gorgeous, that smile from you will be there.

  6. Christine Delbecq
    On July 5, 2018 at 7:48 am, Christine Delbecq said:

    Absolument vrai.

  7. Olga Pulido
    On July 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Olga Pulido said:

    I love this post! My Duke passed a while back but the post is on point, made me smile because I remembered the things we went through when Duke was with us. My kids (now adults) and family still talk about him even though it’s been a few years he’s been gone. Miss you Duke!

  8. Skadi
    On August 15, 2018 at 1:51 pm, Skadi said:

    I think that the obedient dogs are actually less intelligent and don’t understand why people merge intelligence with obedience…

  9. Andrea
    On November 6, 2018 at 2:55 am, Andrea said:

    Beautiful dogs, love reading about this breed. Just one question, how much grooming is involved to keep their beautiful coat.

  10. Rosario Vera
    On November 6, 2018 at 9:09 am, Rosario Vera said:

    I have 6 afghans hounds and they are all with a peculiar personality! I look forward coming home to them and they make me feel the most important person within their world! During my recuperation from open heart surgery and surviving Cyclone Maria at the same time; they were the most patient ever and they behaved like pros! I got better quicker thanks to them!

  11. Jozef Bleaux
    On November 6, 2018 at 2:16 pm, Jozef Bleaux said:

    As a former Animal Control Officer, I can surely attest to all of the above. I’m always explaining why they’re me favorite breed and exposing the “stupid dog” fallacy. An Afghan owner must be mentally stronger than the dog, or risk being taken over.

    Proposed bumper sticker: ” My Afghan Hound is not just smarter than your honor student, it’s better looking, too! “

  12. Bettiann Parker
    On November 6, 2018 at 2:37 pm, Bettiann Parker said:

    So true! I always said my Afghan was always thinking. If I wanted the bone under the blanket, I could get it myself.

  13. Allyson
    On November 6, 2018 at 6:06 pm, Allyson said:

    I got my first Afghan 2 years ago and my second just shortly after that. I have wanted one since I was about 5 years old when I first laid eyes on them. I can not imagine my life without out one and I can not imagine ever not owning one in the future. We have had all sorts of dogs but loving an Afghan is like being in love for the first time. I laughed so much reading this article and loved the description of looking in their eyes. So true all of it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  14. Jennifer
    On March 25, 2019 at 1:12 pm, Jennifer said:

    All of the above is true, I have loved living with Afghan hounds for 40 years and the appreciation and love for them has never diminished, if anything it has grown, if that is possible.
    I could never be without one of these very special hounds.

  15. Walter
    On June 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm, Walter said:

    The article is so true.I am on my 5th Afghan Hound since 1974 and would feel totally lost and empty without one.

  16. Kate
    On October 31, 2019 at 6:40 am, Kate said:

    All true, absolutely. My first afghhound passed middle of last year. He was, from the moment he came into my home at three months old, the consummate gentleman, my bodyguard, my clown and my best friend. When he passed the hole in my home was huge although there were still two boizoi girls to love. I waited eighteen months to make sure I wasn’t just knee jerking straight into another dog My house is now own by a bouncing goofy 3 month old clown who doesn’t know how to be a gentleman but when he sits and stares into my eyes I’m in love all over again and my face hurts from smiling at him

  17. Zoey
    On January 4, 2020 at 9:42 pm, Zoey said:

    Afghan Hounds have been my favourite dog for a long time. I am a bit aloof myself and I have two cats and knew this was the breed for me. Big and beautiful, I love grooming my cats, so I’d love to pamper and bathe and brush my own one day. I live in a large apartment and live an active lifestyle. I’d walk him/her to the park and then do a few laps of jogging there and then walk home. I do that anyway, it’d be nice to have a pupper with me.

  18. Judy
    On January 11, 2020 at 2:38 am, Judy said:

    Does anyone know where to get an afghan hound inChester county, Pa?
    I had a silver blue male in the 70’s early 80’s been on the list in Philly, Pa ever since with no luck. thanks

  19. AJ
    On February 15, 2020 at 12:14 am, AJ said:

    For the person who asked about grooming, no one likes to answer because it depends on the individual dog, their coats can be very different…. some have lighter silkier and easier to manage coats, while others are heavier, thicker and FAR more difficult. Either way, do not trust ANYONE who says it’s easy, (which should be obvious) but some try anyhow.

    To keep an Afghan in full coat you’ll need (at minimum) weekly baths, grooming products (shampoo, creme rinse, coat conditioners), brushes & combs, a dog grooming drier with a heatless setting, & maybe a grooming table.

    If you keep up with it and are not showing, it takes about 2 hours.

  20. Sandy
    On October 3, 2020 at 3:40 am, Sandy said:

    I saw my little guy for the first time and named him ROYAL, I hears it said and have read that he’d be stand offish and aloof, I often say to my husband I don’t know if they are talking about another breed or what, Royal likes to sit with me and hugs and just seems wants to be near me all the time, he’s so sweet and loving. He’s a most beautiful golden cream color with a dark back and when he gets to holding his head up high, he just looks like he’s saying look at me, look at me. Such a show off/never goes to sleep until I do, waits for me outside of the bathroom and wakes me each while lying on my head. He’s made close friends with my pit bull, they never go anywhere without the other one. He’ll even go into the kitchen and steal snacks for himself and Kolby, Kolby out weights royal by about 60lbs at least, when one goes out the other one is looking back for the other. My 116lb pit is a real baby loves to sit on your lap when he can fit. And Royal is right there sitting or lying on my feet. He’s so sweet and beautiful he amazing. The 2 loves of my life, as well as my other 2 one Chesapeake bay retriever and the tiny owner of the house old English bull dog, she’s a rear chocolate brown color and thinks it her house an we live with her.

  21. Tony
    On November 8, 2020 at 6:52 am, Tony said:

    I’ve had Affie’s for near on 20 years now. I couldn’t imagine having any other breed. My 8 year old girl is definitely an extrovert, always seeking mischief and clowning around. Keeps us on our toes all day. Super intelligent, i often sit and watch her when she doesn’t realise and i can see that mind ticking over as she plan her next round of mischief. My 6 year old boy is the introvert, always seeking affection and cuddles and definitely the follower in the misadventures with his big Sis. They are inseparable. When they put both their minds together trouble is not far away. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

  22. Dorothy Hunter
    On January 14, 2021 at 12:16 pm, Dorothy Hunter said:

    We are down to three afghans now. Two girls who are very sneaky and a very lovable boy. Afghans are free spirited therefore think for themselves, and are definitely NOT stupid !!!

  23. Carol
    On January 15, 2021 at 10:48 pm, Carol said:

    We have been owned by wonderful human-like
    Afghans for 41 years. They are extremely smart…blind obedience?…Nope…life is lived on their terms. Would not even think of owning anything but!❤️

  24. Lyn dodd
    On January 16, 2021 at 4:51 am, Lyn dodd said:

    I now have my 5th afghan hound.Everyone has been a rescue!. My 5th a rehome is called Louis! I laughed when l hear the name,l said ah Louis the 5th !!!! Love the affie till the day l die ! I am lost in those eyes !

  25. Nate
    On February 25, 2021 at 10:09 pm, Nate said:

    I’m probably adopting an Afghan tomorrow. I’m a bit nervous as many people in my social circle have negative things to say. I have two young boys and will be getting a male Afghan. Help!

  26. Mark Holland
    On March 19, 2021 at 6:52 pm, Mark Holland said:

    I agree with everything said but I fear there should be a very important 11 added to the list.
    We have Ollie, Monty and Ziggy at present and 11 is simply you will never, however big it is enjoy a bed or settee again. It’s all theirs. Do not try to tell them otherwise. Just gracefully sit on the floor. Like a well trained human.

  27. Gwen
    On March 22, 2021 at 12:41 am, Gwen said:

    I was fortunate enough to adopt two hounds from rescue…a mom and son freed from a puppy mill. They are the sweetest most affectionate dogs I’ve had. People ask about their notorious lack of intelligence

  28. Gwen
    On March 22, 2021 at 12:49 am, Gwen said:

    I was fortunate enough to adopt two hounds from rescue…a mom and son freed from a puppy mill. They are the sweetest most affectionate dogs I’ve had.

    People ask about their notorious lack of intelligence. My answer: they are extremely intelligent just not very obedient.

    I took my boy to agility class and he learned how to do everything faster than all the other dogs except a border collie. He just didn’t do any of it if he didn’t feel like it or was interested in something else.

    The hair of the female is kept very short. She has thick hair that is prone to mats and she’s not crazy about combing. My boy has long hair that more time and money is spent on than my own.

  29. Delyse Sanders
    On July 28, 2021 at 9:38 pm, Delyse Sanders said:

    nobody warned me how utterly I would love this animal. My granddaughter was finding it impossible to manage an Afghan puppy in a small house with 2 very lively youngsters that ragged her , so she begged me in tears to take her, as i had rescued an older one in the 70’s Too right I would ,hoping that my darling Australian terrier would accept her . she was so needy and wouldn’t be left alone, so having a ‘brother’ was perfect. Mind you, 2 doggies sleeping on the bed was bit of an issue… everything that that has been said is spot on, except the musical howling to anything.She is amazing. Loved by all.Her exquisite looks has stopped cars! and one bloke offers to re point my cottage if I would give him Fliss. Only one thing, she still pees & poos inside, any suggestions welcome.

  30. Mark
    On August 9, 2021 at 1:20 am, Mark said:

    I had a silver for years. They are aloof dogs. Kind of like a cat. In the house I could ask something of her and she MIGHT do it if she felt like it. They are anything but stupid! Would take her to the park and she’d get other dogs to chase her. She would run through the woods so fast she would go from one hilltop to the next while the other dogs would be going up and down chasing her. They all loved it. Came back to work Monday and the guys asked who the girl was in my Datsun truck. They had seen me from the back. Had to think about it and realized they were looking at my Afghan SCOOTER from behind. They didn’t believe me.

  31. Chris
    On August 10, 2021 at 2:22 pm, Chris said:

    11. Pablo Picasso owned Afghan hounds. 12. Anyone who has ever looked at an Afghan hound in a sitting position knows exactly what his model was for “untitled” monument in Daley Plaza and the maquette at the Art Institute (from which the monument was created) . There is another Picasso sculpture modeled from an Afghan hound in a “sphinx” position (the hips are a dead give-away) but I can’t remember where (nyc?).

  32. Michele
    On August 16, 2021 at 6:10 pm, Michele said:

    We have a beautiful female Afghan, Stella. She is very demanding and expresses herself distinctively with barks or whimpers about whatever she approves or disapproves. She is very interactive and loving with her family, but is aloof with strangers. Her sharp intelligence and ability to clearly communicate with us makes us smile every single day. Yes, it is true that an Afghan hound often gets more attention, ewws, and ahhhs than their human companions. : )
    – to Chris who posted the info about Pablo Picasso / it is not surprising that the Afghan hound would be inspiration for Picasso!

  33. Ronald Hawkins
    On August 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm, Ronald Hawkins said:

    I have been owned by Afghans for over 30 years. There have been as many as 3 around me. I lost my beloved Pinky 2 years ago, she was 16. I am in my late 60’s, and it took a lot of soul searching before I decided to get another one. Her name is Dottie; she is almost a year old now, and the Love of my Life! Independent Goofy and very intelligent!

  34. Beverly Monroe
    On August 25, 2021 at 4:12 pm, Beverly Monroe said:

    I love my clowns. I’m now on my 5th Afghan all have been used dogs (previously owned). Some have been show dogs for breeders and some used family dogs. But they have all been my loving, playful beautiful clowns, who steal food if your not careful, talk to you when they want something you have. My current one, my first black and blue loves to take things from the house out the doggy door into the back yard if she thinks she is not getting enough attention.

  35. Grew up in Labrador home in UK
    On September 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm, Grew up in Labrador home in UK said:

    Came to Canada and went to dog show. Saw an AFGHAN Hound!!!!! That was that! It was instant “MUST have one of those”…. So started the search. That was in 1973….. At this time we have two female Affies……….We do dog shows in USA & Canada……. Peter is now an All Breed dog judge.
    We live in Canada only minutes from USA border crossing into New York State….
    Over the years we had as many as 6 Affies…… .They DO rule the house, They are all groomed weekly….. so used to doing them regularly it is EZEEE!!!!
    At this moment, we are watching Grand Prix cars.. Affies are on the sofa, **And we are standing up at the kitchen counter:>))**

  36. Bob Hilderbrand
    On September 15, 2021 at 11:18 pm, Bob Hilderbrand said:

    Ours could also laugh and make fun of you.

  37. Adrienne Riggs
    On October 2, 2021 at 9:51 pm, Adrienne Riggs said:

    I got my first girl in the 80’s. A friend had the mother. I took mom to be bred, helped deliver pups over the phone,on a Friday the 13th, and met her 3 days later. Isabeau was the love of my life. She came home to me at 8 weeks old and we were inseparable.I was a vet tech, she went to work w me every day. Izzy learned basic obedience, haha, loved everyone she met, esp little kids w cookies. Always a gentle girl.my family was involved in the local Porsche club. I took izzy to all the shows and people always stopped looking at the cars to see her and she knew it. Izzy made sure her head and tail were up and was always the queen. She was also always a lady. She had my whole family, esp dad the cat person, very well trained. Lol. Izzy never met a stranger or strange animal, she was raised around cats also. She was w me for 13 yrs and I miss her every day. I even named an Australian Sheppard after her and had her name and paw print tattooed on my arm. I’m looking for another affie pup now. I need a clown in my life and someone to retrain and lovingly harass my 5 indoor cats. Hehe. To this day people from the car club remember her.

  38. Erin
    On October 16, 2021 at 5:47 am, Erin said:

    I grew up with an Afghan… my dad adopted a puppy before my mom and dad started dating. He was absolutely amazing with me. Let me drum on his chest like a bongo, pull on his ears, ride him like a pony… and (despite his size) always tried to be a lap dog in the Lazy Boy. He was elegant, but a complete clown. He was always an integral part of our family. At 16, I came home to discover him “frogging” in the kitchen— which is sort of like “Bambi on ice”. I was terrified & in shock but he was ok— it’s common for this breed to have hip issues later in life. He continued to have hip issues and cataracts… but he continued to have the same loving disposition throughout. My current job won’t allow me to have a dog (as a flight attendant)— but the one thing I regret is that. I can’t wait to have an Afghan in my life again… it‘s one of my bucket list items.

  39. Ike Perry
    On March 22, 2022 at 4:02 pm, Ike Perry said:

    I’ve owned three Afghans and they all were amazing pets. My previous one passed away at 13 years old last year. I m now searching for another one. One thing that these 10 warnings left out is that Afghans are major THIEVES that will steal and hide anything that they think are of value to you, LIKE CAR KEYS…LOL

  40. Christine Corsette
    On April 2, 2022 at 9:13 pm, Christine Corsette said:

    I am on Afghan Hound #9 and 10. They are sisters. One cream and the other one a dark brindle. As sisters they are devoted to each other. Jenna is the cream and she is very vocal. Not only will she alarm us when there is a rabbit a mile away, she howls and talks. She is hysterical. Harper is the voice of reason with her sister. She waits for Jenna to exhaust herself by running around the back yard and looking for rabbits. The when Jenna is ready they both come into the house and take up the couch, chairs – where ever they wish to rest, they do. Jenna is the spokes hound for the two, if she wants to go out she will stand in front of you and paw and bark at you you until you get off of your butt and let them out. I have two little yorkiepoos and all get along well. But, my breed of choice. Warning: They like to run…they must be fenced with no opportunity to be off lead. We have spent many hours running through our neighborhood trying to find them. And they don’t necessarily come to you when they are off lead. I am so grateful that I found this breed 50 years ago. It is like Layes Potato chips, you can just have one. And, yes, their eyes look right into your soul!

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