Afghan Hound vs Labrador Retriever

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Afghan Hound and Labrador Retriever are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Afghan Hound and Labrador Retriever are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Labrador Retriever is very easy to groom. The Afghan Hound has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Labrador Retriever bark/howls frequently. The Afghan Hound has an average level of barking.
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Afghan Hound vs Labrador Retriever
Afghan Hound Dog Breed
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Breed NameAfghan HoundLabrador Retriever
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height24-29 in.21-24 in.
Weight45-60 lb55-80 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryAfghanistanCanada
Origin Year200 BC1700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Good
Personality
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F30°F to 90°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed40 mph20 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneMedium

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 HoundLabrador Retriever
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingAverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundLabrador Retriever
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Acute Moist DermatitisNoYes
AllergiesYesNo
BloatNoYes
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesYes
Cold TailNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
MyopathyNoYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Tricuspid Valve DysplasiaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundLabrador Retriever
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & CreamYesNo
CreamYesNo
RedYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesNo
ChocolateNoYes
YellowNoYes
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