How Much Does an Afghan Hound Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Afghan Hound is an ancient breed with roots that can be traced back to the era ruled by Pharaohs.  In those days, nomadic tribes relied on the Afghan hound for its hunting skills, particularly their keen sight, agility, and jumping ability.

Today, this breed is usually raised as a glamorous show dog since it exudes beauty, elegance and dignity evocative of an aristocrat, earning it the title “king of dogs.”  The Afghan Hound is intelligent and independent but does not always obey when called.

Afghan Hound by Nelanthas, on Flickr
Afghan Hound” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  Nelanthas

How much does an Afghan Hound cost?

The cost of an Afghan Hound puppy will depend on the age, gender, quality, bloodline and the breeder you adopt from.  According to most classified ads we had looked at, the prices ranged anywhere from as little as $800 to more than $2,400.  If adopting from a trustworthy breeder, then you should be expected to pay at least $1,000 for a healthy puppy.  A top show breeder, if you were able to find one, could easily command a few thousand dollars.

For example, at the time of this writing, had about 20 listings, with prices ranging anywhere from $600 to $2,500.  A few older dogs were also listed for about $300.

A few breeders on the AKC Marketplace had listed their prices for a high-quality, with prices in the mid-$1,000 range.  Like PuppyFind, there were very few breeders available.

Animal World says you should be prepared to spend $800 to $1,200, with some selling for more than $2,000.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Any reputable breeder, at a minimum, should include the registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations, a veterinarian examination, health certificate, pedigree paperwork and a travel crate if being shipped.  A deworming, a microchip, and/or spay/neutering may be included as well, depending on the breeder.

What are the extra costs?

Since these dogs can be hard to find, there could be a good chance you have to pay a shipping fee if you can’t pick it up personally.  Depending on how your dog is being shipped, the costs, including the crate, can be in the $200 to $400 range.

As with any dog, be prepared for the startup costs and recurring costs.  This can include the food, accessories, shelter, vet visits, obedience classes, toys, a dog license, grooming and unexpected medical expenses.  At a minimum, be prepared to budget at least $800 per year for a healthy dog and much more if your dog were to come down with an illness or unexpected surgery.

Its long, glamorous coat will require a daily hair combing and will need a professional grooming session at least once per month.

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Owners can explain this breed as being charming, independent, sweet, loyal and very dignified.  When compared to other breeds, its energy level is said to be very active since they are bred for a high-speed pursuit.

The Afghan Hound measures 25 to 27 inches tall and weighs anywhere from 50 to 62 pounds.  Females will always be slightly smaller.

Common coat colors include cream, red, black, brindle, golden and tricolor.  Its coat can be described as being thick, silky, with a fine texture to it.  In order to have the coat remain natural, experts advise against trimming it.

When healthy, its life expectancy can be 12 to 18 years.

When searching for a breeder, consider checking out the Afghan Hound Club of America to find a reputable breeder in your local area.

They don’t shed as much when compared to other breeds, making it an ideal choice for those who suffer from dog allergies.

Known to be a healthy breed, they are still prone to health concerns such as allergies, heart problems, cancer, urological problems and chylothorax, a condition where the thoracic ducts leak, allowing fluid to potentially leak into the lungs.

They do get along with other children and pets as long as they have been introduced at a young age.  Due to their higher energy levels, however, they may be prone to chasing children who coax them.

How can I save money?

Again, even though the breed is rare, you may be able to find one at a local rescue group, or if you’re lucky, at an adoption center.  Even though there’s not a great chance of finding one, it doesn’t hurt to see if you can find a dog that mimics the look of an Afghan Hound.  Adopting will be much cheaper than buying a show-quality dog and you can feel great knowing you’re offering a dog a forever home.

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