Afghan Hound vs African Wild Dog

Compare the Afghan Hound to the African Wild Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Afghan Hounds and African Wild Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Afghan Hound is a good choice for new owners. The African Wild Dog is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Afghan Hound is very child friendly. The African Wild Dog is not child-friendly and is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Afghan Hound is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - The African Wild Dog bark/howls frequently. The Afghan Hound has an average level of barking.
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Afghan Hound vs African Wild Dog
Afghan Hound Dog Breed
African Wild Dog
Breed NameAfghan HoundAfrican Wild Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height24-29 in.24-30 in.
Weight45-60 lb44-66 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryAfghanistanEgypt
Origin Year200 BCUnknown
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Poor
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Poor
Personality
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Aggressive
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh-Very High
Exercise RequiredMediumNone
Top Running Speed40 mph41 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumNone
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundAfrican Wild Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageHigh
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageHigh
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingAverageHigh
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundAfrican Wild Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CancerYesNo
Canine DistemperNoYes
CataractsYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
RabiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundAfrican Wild Dog
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & CreamYesNo
CreamYesNo
RedYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesYes
Tri-colorNoYes
YellowNoYes
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