Afghan Hound vs Foxhound

Compare the Afghan Hound to the Foxhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Afghan Hounds and Foxhounds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Afghan Hound is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Foxhound is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Afghan Hound and Foxhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Foxhound is easy to groom. The Afghan Hound has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Foxhound bark/howls frequently. The Afghan Hound has an average level of barking.
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Afghan Hound vs Foxhound
Afghan Hound Dog Breed
Tri-Color Foxhound
Breed NameAfghan HoundFoxhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height24-29 in.21-25 in.
Weight45-60 lb60-70 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryAfghanistanUnited States
Origin Year200 BC1650 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyPoorGood
Personality
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumVery High
Top Running Speed40 mph20 mph
StrengthHighMedium-High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingLowMedium
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 HoundFoxhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageHigh
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundFoxhound
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundFoxhound
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesNo
Black&tanYesYes
BlueYesYes
Blue & CreamYesNo
CreamYesNo
RedYesYes
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BrownNoYes
TanNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes
White&redNoYes
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