Irish Afghan Setter:Afghan hound and Irish Red and White Setter Mix

Hybrid Breed

Afghan hound + Irish Red and White Setter


Origin of the Irish Afghan Setter

The Irish Afghan Setter is a hybrid dog that combines the clever and alert characteristics of the Afghan Hound with the friendly and affectionate nature of the Irish Red and White Setter. Its direct ancestors, the Afghan Hound and the Irish Red & White Setter, both represent a rich and fascinating history.

The Afghan Hound originated in Afghanistan and is one of the oldest purebred dog breeds. They were bred to be fast, agile hunters and are considered one of the most impressive breeds with their distinctive, very long, silky mane.

The Irish Red and White Setter originated in Ireland and was used for extended hunting expeditions. They are known for being excellent tracking dogs and loyal companions.

Suitability of the Irish Afghan Setter

Despite their somewhat exotic appearance, the Irish Afghan Setter is known for its adaptability and balance. This breed needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, making it perfect for active owners.

Alternate Name -
Origin Afganistan - Ireland
Life expectancy 10 - 14 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Possible character traits

The Irish Afghan Setter is known for its liveliness and energy. These dogs are intelligent, bright and always ready for fun and games. Precisely because of their stamina and athletic build, these dogs are ideal companions for long walks and excursions. They are friendly and good-natured, which makes them excellent family dogs. They get along well with children and are friendly with other dogs as well. However, they are also independent and self-confident, which means that they sometimes have their own

Irish Afghan Setters have a gentle and friendly nature. They are often patient and even-tempered, which makes them pleasant companions to live with. They tend to develop a close and loving relationship with their owners and are considered extremely loyal. However, these dogs are very sensitive. Therefore, they have a hard time in noisy or hectic environments. A calm and stable environment is very important for their emotional health.

However, it is important to remember that these dogs need time and attention to fulfill all their needs.

Care and health

When groomed, the Irish Afghan Setter needs plenty of physical activity, as well as mental stimulation. A healthy balance of play and exercise is important to keep their energy and intelligent minds busy. They need a safe, fenced area to play and run, as well as daily long walks or even jogs.

In terms of their health, they may inherit genetic diseases from their parent breeds. Afghan Hounds are prone to hip dysplasia and heart problems, while Irish Red and White Setters are prone to hip dysplasia, hearing loss and certain skin problems. The eyes, ears and teeth should also be checked and cleaned regularly.

Breeding of the Irish Afghan Setter

Breeding Irish Afghan Setters requires knowledge and experience in genetic principles and canine health. Any potential breeder should perform genetic testing to prevent passing on genetic diseases. Because they are a rare mix breed, puppies can vary in appearance and temperament, which introduces some uncertainty into the breeding process.

The Irish Afghan Setter impresses with its magnificent appearance and vivid colors. He can reach a height of 60 to 70 cm and a weight of 25 to 35 kg. In appearance and coat color, he can have characteristics of both parent breeds.

In terms of coat, the Irish Afghan Setter arouses great attention. His coat is usually long and silky, appearing like the Afghan Hound, but can also have the curly textures and colors of the Irish Setter. His coat colors vary between white base and red markings, but can also be solid beige, brown or black.

Fur length long - medium
Fur flat coated - wavy
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang - fanned out
Anatomy slim, sporty, rugged
Size ♀ 57 - 69 cm
Weight ♀ 25 - 34 kg
Size ♂ 62 - 74 cm
Weight ♂ 25 - 34 kg
Suitable For Children, Children
  • 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.

  • Cataract

    Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.

  • Myelopathy

    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.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Tartar

    If dogs don't get a good food or sugary food, tartar can quickly appear.

  • Numbness

    Often occurs in old age.

  • An Irish Afghan Setter usually reaches a size within the limits of its parent breeds.

  • This hybrid breed is very active, intelligent and adaptive.

  • This hybrid breed has a loyal and friendly character. They are very social and like other dogs.

  • This dog will need a large home with plenty of room to run and play. They will also need a regular visit to the shelter to satisfy their exercise needs.

  • Dietary recommendations should be adjusted depending on the dog's age and activity level.

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