Afghan Hound vs Hovawart

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Afghan Hound and Hovawart are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Afghan Hound and Hovawart are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Afghan Hound or Hovawart have high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Hovawart has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Afghan Hound is an average barker.
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Afghan Hound vs Hovawart
Afghan Hound Dog Breed
Black & Gold Hovawart
Breed NameAfghan HoundHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height24-29 in.23-28 in.
Weight45-60 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryAfghanistanGermany
Origin Year200 BC1210 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Personality
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed40 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
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 HoundHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingVery LowHigh
HerdingAverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundHovawart
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & CreamYesNo
CreamYesNo
RedYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes
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