What To Do About Afghan Hound Grooming

The Afghan Hound is an absolute marvel to look at with its thick and silky flowing coating that resembles a human hair. The Afghan Hound is an ancient dog breed, dating all the way back into the BC period before Jesus Christ was even born. As the name indicates, Afghan Hounds have their origins in Afghanistan where they were bred in order to hunt large prey in the country’s deserts and mountains. For Afghan Hound grooming help, continue to read on down below.

The Afghan Hound Grooming Process

1. Brush Your Afghan Hound’s Hair

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The thick flowing human-like hair that your Afghan Hound has will become matted rapidly and so because of that, you will need to brush your Afghan Hound’s coating daily in order to fight off the mats.

Afghan Hounds are low shedders of hair. So, you don’t really need to worry about your Afghan Hound’s hair taking over your floor or furniture. Your main focus here lies in fighting off the mats as matting can be painful for your Afghan Hound if it isn’t addressed in a timely manner.

For brushing your Afghan Hound’s coating, I recommend that you use the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush as it is effective in the fight against rapid matting and is able to do so without scratching your Afghan Hound’s skin in the process.

Even better, the brush comes with a self-cleaning mechanism that will allow you to easily clean out the brush. That will come in handy as you will be doing a lot of brushing with your Afghan Hound’s coating and won’t want to be wasting time cleaning out the brush.

Now that you have the brush, you are almost ready to start brushing your Afghan Hound’s coating. Before you do that, I want to point out that your Afghan Hound’s hair is fine which means that it can easily break off if you brush it while it is dry.

So, you will want to dampen your Afghan Hound’s coating first. In order to do that, all you need to do is to fill a spray bottle with water and then spray the water onto your Afghan Hound’s coating in order to dampen it.

With your Afghan Hound’s coating damp, go ahead and start brushing it. In order to have the best results, you will want to brush your Afghan Hound’s coating in the direction that his/her hair grows.

2. Brush Your Afghan Hound’s Teeth

Brushing your Afghan Hound’s teeth is an important part of the grooming routine. That is necessary in order to stop tartar buildup from forming on your Afghan Hound’s teeth. Tartar buildup, if left unaddressed, can cause tooth decay which isn’t a good thing for your Afghan Hound.

So, it is important that you brush your Afghan Hound’s teeth regularly – ideally on a daily basis. You will want to get the Virbac toothpaste as that is the one that veterinarians often recommend for a dog’s teeth. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Afghan Hound’s teeth.

3. Bathe Your Afghan Hound

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Unlike many other dog breeds, Afghan Hounds require more frequent bathing in order to keep their fine human-like hair clean and shiny. With that in mind, you will want to bathe your Afghan Hound once every two weeks.

To get started, bring your Afghan Hound to your bathtub. Once there, fill a cup with warm water and then pour it onto your Afghan Hound’s coating to get it all wet. Now, thoroughly apply the shampoo onto your Afghan Hound’s coating, taking care not to get it into his/her eyes.

As for which shampoo to get, the Isle of Dogs Silky Oatmeal Shampoo is an excellent choice for a silky coated dog like the Afghan Hound. Once the shampoo has been applied, rinse your Afghan Hound’s coating until every trace of the shampoo has been rinsed out.

With the bathing over, proceed to dry your Afghan Hound’s coating with a bathing towel. Be sure to leave your Afghan Hound’s coating damp as you will be re-brushing his/her coating. With your Afghan Hound’s coating dry but damp, go ahead and re-brush it.

4. Trim Your Afghan Hound’s Hair

Afghan Hounds look marvelous with their coatings as they are, but if you dread having to brush your Afghan Hound’s coating daily, you may want to give him/her a hair trim.

But, before you do that, you will want to make sure that you get one of the best clippers that you can get. With that in mind, I recommend that you get the Andis UltraEdge Super Detachable Blade Clipper AGC2.

This clipper is powerful enough to be able to hand just about any coating that a dog throws at it. Even with all that power, the clipper stays remarkably cool for an extended period of time which is important as you don’t want to be trimming your Afghan Hound’s coating with a hot clipper.

The clipper is also quiet while it is being used. That will come in handy if your Afghan Hound is spooked by the noise of a clipper. Depending on how short you would your Afghan Hound’s hair to be, there are different levels of blades that you can use.

A rule of thumb is that the higher the blade number is, the shorter your Afghan Hound’s hair will be after you have trimmed his/her hair.

The clipper that I just mentioned comes with a blade number 10. But, if you want to use a different blade, you will need to purchase it separately which you can do here. Once you have the clipper and preferred blade in hand, you are ready to start trimming your Afghan Hound’s hair.

5. Clean Your Afghan Hound’s Ears

Like all dogs, your Afghan Hound needs to have his/her ears cleaned out because they are prone to wax buildup. You don’t want all that wax to be inside your Afghan Hound’s ears as that can lead to ear infection.

You will want to use the Virbac ear cleaner as veterinarians often recommend that it be used to clean out a dog’s ears. You can use cotton balls with the ear cleaner on them to clean out your Afghan Hound’s ears.

6. Clip Your Afghan Hound’s Nails

Your Afghan Hound also needs to have his/her nails clipped in order to keep them short. That is because you don’t want your Afghan Hound’s nails to be too long as it can cause paw pain for him/her, resulting in discomfort when walking around.

So, keep an eye on your Afghan Hound’s nails. If you start hearing the clicking sound when your Afghan Hound is walking around, that likely means that it is time to give the dog a nail clip.

You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to clip your Afghan Hound’s nails. Be careful not to cut the quick part of your Afghan Hound’s nails as that can easily result in bleeding.

Afghan Hound Grooming – Conclusion

There you have it for Afghan Hound grooming. If you are in need of help with getting your Afghan Hound comfortable with being groomed, this post has you covered.

What are your thoughts? Have you groomed an Afghan Hound before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

4 thoughts on “What To Do About Afghan Hound Grooming”

  1. I have never groomed an Afghan hound before. But I am glad I came across your post. I will follow these step-by-step suggestions. I had completely forgotten about clipping his nails in my original plan. This Afghan hound is my brother’s. But he currently can not take care after it so I decided to bring him over to my house.

    • I am glad that you have come across this post on grooming an Afghan Hound. Thank you for letting me know about your brother’s Afghan Hound. Now that you are aware of this post, I hope that it will help you with grooming your brother’s Afghan Hound.

  2. Hiya,

    thanks for the informative article. Afghan hounds are beautiful dogs, but it sounds like they take a lot of maintenance. There is a lady on my street who has 4 Afghan hounds! I bet she’s busy!

    We’ve been thinking about getting a dog, so your website has been really useful in helping us think about the right dog for us. I have a feeling we might want something a bit less maintenance than an Afghan Hound.

    What do you think is the breed which requires the least maintenance?



    • Wow, that sure is a lot of Afghan Hounds. I am happy for that lady on your street and hope that this post will help her with grooming all four of her Afghan Hounds.

      There are plenty of dog breeds that require less grooming than the Afghan Hound. I have a ton of grooming posts right here on this website that you can check out to get a better sense of which dog breeds require less grooming. I hope that will help you to narrow down your preferences for which dog breed you want to get.


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