Afghan Hound vs Poodle

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Poodle is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Afghan Hound and Poodle are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Afghan Hound or Poodle have high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the Afghan Hound and Poodle are average barkers.
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Afghan Hound vs Poodle
Afghan Hound Dog Breed
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Breed NameAfghan HoundPoodle
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height24-29 in.15-24 in.
Weight45-60 lb45-70 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryAfghanistanGermany
Origin Year200 BC1200 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
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F35°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed40 mph32 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingLowNone
DanderLowNone
Drool AmountNoneNone

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 HoundPoodle
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundPoodle
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseNoYes
AllergiesYesYes
BloatNoYes
CancerYesNo
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)NoYes
CataractsYesYes
Cushing's SyndromeNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)NoYes
Optic Nerve HypoplasiaNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Premature GrayingNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Runny EyesNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundPoodle
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Corded CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesYes
Black & TanYesYes
BlueYesYes
Blue & CreamYesNo
CreamYesYes
RedYesYes
SilverYesYes
WhiteYesYes
ApricotNoYes
Black & ApricotNoYes
Black & BrownNoYes
Black & CreamNoYes
Black & GrayNoYes
Black & RedNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & ApricotNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Cafe Au LaitNoYes
Cream & WhiteNoYes
GrayNoYes
Gray & WhiteNoYes
Red & ApricotNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Silver BeigeNoYes
White & ApricotNoYes
White & SilverNoYes
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