Facts & Origin
Afghan Spaniel (Afghan Hound and Cocker Spaniel Mix)
The Afghan Spaniel is a mix of the elegant, independent Afghan Hound and the happy, loving Cocker Spaniel. This cross brings together the best of both breeds, resulting in a versatile, charming and intelligent dog.
Suitability and attitude
An Afghan Spaniel is great for different types of families and living situations. They are versatile enough to live in apartments as well as homes with large backyards. The key is to make sure they get enough physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. They also make good companion dogs and, with the right training methods, can do well in dog sports like agility or obedience.
|Origin||Afganistan - England|
|Life expectancy||10 - 17 years|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
The Afghan Spaniel inherits the friendliness and temperament of the Cocker Spaniel and the independence and alertness of the Afghan Hound. This blend results in a dog that is both affectionate and alert. Afghan Spaniels are usually intelligent, eager to learn, and have a moderate to high activity level. They are often good with children and other pets as long as they are properly socialized.
In summary, the Afghan Spaniel is a loyal, playful and intelligent dog that fits in well with many different families and lifestyles. They are active and alert dogs that can also be loving and affectionate. With proper care and affection, this mixed breed dog is sure to be a beloved companion for many years to come.
Grooming and health
The Afghan Spaniel's coat requires regular brushing to keep it clean and free of tangles. Bathing should only be done as needed to avoid stripping the natural oils in their coat. They should have regular veterinary checkups and be vaccinated against common diseases. Like all dogs, they are prone to certain health conditions, including hip dysplasia, cataracts, and certain heart conditions, but these can be minimized with careful breeding and regular health checks.
What does this mongrel look like?
The Afghan Spaniel has a medium size and can reach a shoulder height of 40 to 60 cm, with a weight between 15 and 25 kg. Their coat can have the length and silky texture of the Afghan Greyhound or the shorter, denser quality of the Cocker Spaniel. The color palette is extensive and may include one or more colors, from pure white to black, and all possible shades of brown, cream, red and gray.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.
Degenerative myelopathies of dogs are a series of slowly progressing neurological diseases associated with destruction of the spinal cord. These diseases are associated with slowly progressive movement disorders of the hindquarters.
Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.
He usually has good family qualities, is lively and energetic, alert and watchful, very affectionate and good with children, but requires a regular grooming program.
It usually reaches a shoulder height of 40 - 60 cm.
This hybrid breed usually has a life expectancy of 12-14 years.
He needs plenty of daily exercise and physical activity to stay fit and healthy.
He needs a balanced diet consisting of quality protein sources, vegetables and fruits, and an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals.