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Afghan Retriever

Afghan Retriever

Famous for their elegant beauty thanks to a thick, flowing coat, this dog was protected by its coat to withstand the harsh conditions of the mountains in Afghans where they originated. This agile hound was known for its ability to participate in long days of hunting, supported by large paw pads that absorbed the shock of the terrain.

Breed Characteristics

Preferred Climate:Any Climate
Life Span:12-14 Years
Nicknames:Afghan Retriever Golden

Afghan Retriever Build Information

With an appearance of dignity, this dog features a straight front with head held high. It features a long silky topknot, colorful coat pattern, prominent hipbones and big feet in proportion to the rest of its body. They usually weigh between 50 and 70 pounds, with females weighing on the lighter side and males weighing on the heavier side. Their fur color can be brown and white, dark brown, chocolate, light brown, golden, white or cream.

Length (Male):22-27 in.
Length (Female):22-24 in.
Weight:41 - 65 lbs
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

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.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Affectionate
Energy Level:Very Active
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


Weekly grooming is necessary for this dog. This is due to its wavy, thick coat. Give it baths as necessary and be sure to comb through the coat often to get the tangles, debris and parasites out. Nails should be trimmed regularly so cracks and overgrowth don't occur. Wax can build up in the ears, leading to infection, so it's wise to clean out the ears regularly too. Regular brushing of the teeth is required as well.

Colors:Chocolate, Cream, Gold, Light Brown, White, Yellow
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Dense

Afghan Retriever Common Health Conditions

Afghan hounds commonly suffer from bloat, which is a digestive disorder occurring in the stomach. They may also have sensitivity to anesthesia.

Afghan Retriever Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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Breed 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.

Training:Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion:Yes
Sighting Capabilities:Yes
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Retrieving Skills:Yes
Herding Skills:Yes
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Police Performer:No
Dog Sledding:No
Fun with Lure Coursing:Yes