Exercising Your Afghan HoundGood Exercises For Your Afghan Hound

The history of this breed is not completely clear, but it is believed that the Afghan Hound was used for hunting by tribal chiefs in Afghanistan. It was developed to chase prey while his hunter was on horseback. This is one of the oldest breeds in existence.

Breed Type


Physical Characteristics

  • Tall, large dog
  • Agile, graceful-looking
  • Very long hair


  • Strong-willed, but dignified and sensitive
  • Aloof with strangers, playful and affectionate with family, gets along with kids if socialized
  • Not eager for training, but open to it
  • Moderate to low energy level

Best Exercises

This breed does not need a lot of exercise to burn off energy but does need it to keep his or her mind occupied. Afghan Hounds can become sensitive, nervous and willful without daily exercise and a firm owner.

  • medium walks (30 – 60 minutes)
  • short and medium distance jogging (up to 7 to 10 miles depending on age)
  • leisurely hikes
  • short games (15 – 20 minutes) with bursts of running (catch, chasing, etc.)

Suggested Exercise Plan

This is not a dog that needs tons of exertion. In fact, most days a moderate walk (30+) minutes, followed by short sprint (5 – 10 minutes) is great. The sprint could be a jog or it could be a romp in the yard or a quick game of Fetch.

Things To Note

The Afghan Hound has a tendency to develop allergies and also hip dysplasia.