Afghan Sheepdog

Afghan Sheepdog

A cross between the Afghan Hound and the Belgian Sheepdog, this breed is strong-boned and agile as part of its powerful heritage. It can withstand heat exhaustion readily, a trait developed due to its time in the Afghan desert. It moves at a slower pace due to the heat and also due to the ability to conserve energy. It does react swiftly to prey, which made it a good hunting and herding dog for sheepherders in the desert.

Breed Characteristics

Type:Mix
Family:Sighthound
Function:Not Available
Preferred Climate:Any Climate
Group:Hounds
Life Span:12-14 Years
Nicknames:The Afghan Sheepdog has no known nicknames at this time.
Hypoallergenic:No

Afghan Sheepdog Build Information

This large dog weighs in between 90 and 140 pounds, with flappy ears and straight fur type. It can be black and brown, brown and white, or light brown and golden in color. It needs regular exercise to stay healthy and agile, so frequent walks and trips to the park are recommended for this breed.

Size:Giant
Length (Male):27-33 in.
Length (Female):22-24 in.
Weight:> 65 lbs
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

Although brave and smart, this dog can be demanding of itself and others and isn't too comfortable around strangers. It can be stubborn and dominant at times, but it's independent and goes after what it wants. They get along well with other animals and families with children, although they may be reserved at first. This is why it's crucial to introduce the dog to its family and other animals at a very young age.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Barking:Quiet
Energy Level:Very Active
Guardian Skills:Yes
Independant:Yes
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly

Appearance

Grooming is needed on a regular basis to keep its fur free from tangles and debris. Regular bathing is required, so don't neglect a good shampoo and conditioner with a large enough area to properly bathe the dog. Use a hair dryer and oval pin brush to work through the coat and get out any tangles and mats that may have developed. Regular tooth brushing and ear cleaning is also recommended for this breed to keep them in good health.

Colors:Black, Cream, Fawn, Gold, Light Brown, White, Yellow
Shedding:Moderate
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Dense

Afghan Sheepdog Common Health Conditions

This breed can be susceptible to allergies, hip dysplasia and cancer, with a likely sensitivity to anesthesia. This is common of sighthounds. They could also develop chylothorax which leads to leakage of the thoracic ducts, resulting in torsion.

Afghan Sheepdog Pet Insurance

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Breed Talents and Facts

The Afghan Sheepdog participates is well-versed in many activities such as agility, competitive obedience, hunting, guarding, herding, lure coursing, military work, narcotics detection, racing, search and rescue, sighting, and tracking. It´s not a watch dog, though, and won´t generally bark when intruders enter the yard or house. It has a life span of about 13 years.

Training:Hard
Hunting Companion:Yes
Sighting Capabilities:Yes
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Retrieving Skills:Yes
Herding Skills:Yes
Dutiful Watchdog:No
Police Performer:Yes
Wet Water rescues:Yes
Agile/Zippy:Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing:Yes
Obedient:Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work:Yes