The Afghan Retriever is a large breed with a long flowing coat, floppy ears, and a muscular but lithe body. In fact, this breed looks like a smaller built Golden Retriever. Both breeds are known for their hunting abilities so they are often used for that purpose. These dogs are bred to be sporty and energetic enough to take hunting but calm and friendly enough to be a good house pet. The Afghan Retriever is independent but lovable, smart and silly. They are good with kids and other pets but should not be left alone with any children under five years old. You will mostly find these dogs in yellow, cream, gold, white, and chocolate.
The Afghan Retriever is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Afghan Hound and the Golden Retriever. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Average lifespan: 12-14 Years
Average size: 55-80 pounds
Coat appearance: thick, flowing coat
Coloration: brown and white, dark brown, chocolate, light brown, golden, white or cream
Comparable Breeds: Golden Retriever, Afghan Hound
Because this breed is new, the history is not known yet. However, by looking at the history of the parent breeds, this can give you a good idea of the characteristics of the Afghan Retriever.
The Afghan Hound is an ancient breed from Afghanistan, where these dogs were found roaming in the Afghan mountains. When these independent beauties were discovered, they were brought down to town and used in hunting and gathering rabbits and gazelle for food. In the 1920s, the Afghan Hound was brought to the United States but was mainly found among the wealthy. They were registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1926 and became popular as show dogs for a while before losing their popularity in the 1950s.
The Golden Retriever originated in England in the early 1800s and was documented by Lord Tweedmouth on the estate with Sir Dudley Majoribanks. This breed is famous for its retrieving abilities but is also good at hunting, field trials, obedience, and is often used as a guide dog for blind people. In fact, the first three dogs to win the obedience champion titles were all Golden Retrievers.
This breed came to the United States in 1900 with Lord Tweedmouth’s sons to live on the family’s Texas farm. They quickly became popular as show dogs and as pets, being registered by the AKC in 1925 and is presently the 3rd most popular dog breed in the United States. The Afghan Hound ranks 113th most popular. Their fast learning skills made them invaluable to those who needed therapy dogs, guide dogs, and service dogs for the blind and handicapped, as well as narcotics detection.
The Afghan Retriever can be sweet and silly, dignified and proud. They make great family pets and are good with children. As loyal, smart and obedient dogs, they tend to train very well and like to be given tasks to do. Even though they’re easy to train, care should be given to treat them with firmness, fairness and consistency. They are a proud breed, but have no problem acting silly and playful when warranted.
Afghan Retriever is a healthier breed like other hybrid breeds. However Afghan Retriever has tendency to suffer from cancer, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s condition, heart complications and congenital eye defects.
Afghan Retriever require training in early age like other hybrid dogs. Afghan Retriever is easy to train. It learns basic commands such as sit, stay, come easily. Behavior training is also very important for your Afghan Retriever. Behavior training prevents and or corrects bad habits of your puppy or dog. Behavior and basic commands training for your Afghan Retriever should must on these lines. Do not get impatient. You will probably have to repeat the command many times. Never use negative reinforcement. Do not call your dog to come to you for punishment because this will teach your dog not to come on command. Be sure to keep any frustration out of the tone of your voice. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated, take a break. Your dog can sense this and will start to associate training with your unhappiness. You cannot hide your frustration from a dog. You cannot pretend. Dogs can feel human emotion, so stay relaxed, firm and confident.
Daily exercise for your Afghan Retriever is important, dogs are living with human since thousands of years, wild dogs have challenges to survive so they work daily to find food, save food and themselves from other animals but companion dogs have nothing to do, they have ready food and couch to sit, which may affect their health, habits and activity.
Your Afghan Retriever is recommended Tuging,Running,Walking regular according to its breed specific exercise requirements.
The Afghan Hound is hypoallergenic but the Golden Retriever is a mild seasonal shedder so you should expect some level of shedding during the warmer months of the year. It is best to brush your Afghan Retriever at least every other day to promote good skin care and prevent mats. You should also clean their ears and eyes at this time and check for any redness or swelling. Many owners of both the Golden Retriever and the Afghan Hound take their dogs to be professionally groomed every few months, which is a fine idea if you live in a warm climate. Otherwise, you can bathe your dog with a mild shampoo when needed and trim the nails regularly as well.
Children and other pets
Afghan Retriever are good with children and other pet.
Talents and Facts
- This cross between the Afghan Hound and the Golden Retriever belongs to the sporting and hounding group
- This breed requires lots of exercise
- When left to play outdoors, they will run around to burn off energy
- When indoors, they can be fairly playful and lively
- Take them on daily walks or runs and make sure they have plenty of space to roam in a large backyard