Facts & Origin
Afghan Retriever (Afghan Hound and Golden Retriever mix).
The Afghan Retriever is a fascinating cross between the Afghan Hound and the Golden Retriever, two very different but equally beloved breeds. The Afghan Greyhound, which has its roots in the barren landscapes of Afghanistan, is known for its elegance, speed and characteristic long, silky coat. On the other side is the Golden Retriever, a breed bred in Scotland and known for its friendly nature, intelligence and amiable nature. The union of these two breeds has produced the Afghan Retriever, a unique hybrid breed with remarkable characteristics.
Suitability and attitude
This breed is great for active families. Afghan Retrievers need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to be happy. They love to be outside and can do well in athletic activities like agility and running. They are also very social dogs that love spending time with people and other dogs. They can do well with children, but should always be supervised to ensure that play is safe and appropriate.
|Origin||Afganistan - UK|
|Life expectancy||10 - 14 years|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
Afghan Retrievers are known for their intelligence, friendliness and energy. They are very playful and love to interact with their family. They can inherit the independence and pride of the Afghan Hound, which means they can be a little headstrong at times. At the same time, the Golden Retriever's loving and patient nature can make them ideal family dogs.
With proper care and attention, the Afghan Retriever is a loving and loyal companion capable of enriching their owners' lives with love, joy and a touch of adventure.
Care and health
Grooming an Afghan Retriever can vary depending on the type of coat they have. If they have inherited the Afghan's long, silky coat, they will need regular brushing to prevent knots and matting. If they have more of the retriever's coat, weekly brushing is usually enough. As with all breeds, they can also be prone to certain health conditions, including hip dysplasia and certain eye problems.
What does this mongrel look like?
The Afghan Retriever is a large dog that can grow up to 69 cm tall and reach a weight of up to 34 kg. Their appearance can vary greatly depending on what traits they inherit from each parent. Their coat can have the long, silky hair of the Afghan Greyhound or the denser, water-resistant coat of the Golden Retriever. Color-wise, the Afghan Retriever can have anything from the rich golden tones of the Retriever to the varied colors of the Afghan.
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.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
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.
This mixed breed is usually large with an athletic build.
As with all dogs, this mixed breed requires regular grooming. It is also recommended to regularly trim their claws and keep their ears clean.
The Afghan Retriever is usually very friendly, loyal and affectionate. They can also be very social and outgoing towards people and other pets.
Since this mixed breed is intelligent and capable of learning, it is important that it is properly trained to avoid undesirable behavior. It is recommended to start positive reinforcement training early.
Being athletic and energetic, this mixed breed needs daily exercise and exposure to stay happy and healthy. Therefore, activities such as running, hiking and playing outdoors are suitable.