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Afghan Spaniel

Afghan Spaniel

A cross between the Afghan Hound and the Cocker Spaniel, this breed is known for its agility, herding, hunting, sledding, tracking and racing skills. Thanks to its agile nature and ability to sniff out any prey, this dog was primarily used by farmers and sheepherders to track down prey and herd sheep. It's also a great retriever and loves to race. This breed originates in Afghanistan, then known as Tazi. The lineage can even be traced back to ancient times in the pre-Christian era.

Breed Characteristics

Function:Not Available
Life Span:12-15 Years
Nicknames:No nicknames for the Afghan Spaniel are known at this time.

Afghan Spaniel Build Information

This dog weighs between 20 and 50 pounds, with the male generally weighing more than the female. It has flappy ears and its coat can range in color from black and brown to light brown and golden. It can even be white or cream. Featuring medium length body hair and short head hair, silken hair is indicative of the ears, chest and stomach.

Length (Male):19-25 in.
Length (Female):18-20 in.
Weight:26 - 40 lbs
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

With a playful personality and a love for playing around, the Afghan Spaniel is friendly yet reserved in certain situations. The hound part of the breed is very independent and doesn't need to be lavished with attention, yet the cocker part of the breed is very loveable and wants to be hugged and praised. To get out all their extra energy, the Afghan Spaniel craves long walks and outings at the park. For playing in the yard, a large enclosed space is recommended. They are high spirited and need gentle, never rough, training. House training isn't easy with this breed and takes dedication on the part of the owner.

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


Daily brushing of the coat is required to avoid tangling. Regular trims must be done as well, at least once a month. This dog grows hair excessively between the pads of its feet, chest and ears, which should be removed as well. Regular tooth brushing and ear wax cleaning are also recommended.

Colors:Black, Black & Cream, Black & Tan, Black & White, Cream, Gold, Light Brown, White
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Fine

Afghan Spaniel Common Health Conditions

Like other sighthounds, this breed can experience hip dysplasia, allergies and sensitivity to anesthesia. It's known to have a low pain tolerance, so a minor wound tends to be more bothersome to them than to others.

Afghan Spaniel Pet Insurance

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Breed Talents and Facts

The average lifespan of this breed is between 12 and 15 years. They fare well in just about any climate. They make a great watchdog, and they are fairly easy to train. They display a high level of obedience during training sessions and are eager to learn.

Training:Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion:Yes
Sighting Capabilities:Yes
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Herding Skills:Yes
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Dog Sledding:Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing:Yes
Trainable for Tricks:Yes