The Afghan Hound is one of the oldest sighthound dog breeds. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan,and east of Iran where it was originally used to hunt hares and gazelles by coursing them. Its local name is Sag-e Tazi or Taži Spay. Other alternate names for this breed are Kuchi Hound, Tazi, Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound, Shalgar Hound, Kabul Hound, Galanday Hound, or sometimes incorrectly African Hound.

  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Life span: 12 to 14 years
  • Temperament: Clownish, Happy, Dignified, Aloof, Independent
  • Colors: Black, Cream, Red
  • Weight: Male: 57.3–75 lbs (26–34 kg), Female: 57.3–75 lbs (26–34 kg)
  • Origin: Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan