This article will tell you everything you need to know about a rare mixed breed dog, commonly known as the Afghan lab.
The Afador is a crossbreed or mixed dog breed, the parental dog breeds are the Afghan Hound and Labrador Retriever. Another name for Afadors is Afghan Lab. The parental Afghan Hound dog breed is native to Afghanistan and of one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. They have a long, thick, and silky coat, generally fawn, black-brown, and off-white. These dogs stand tall at 24–29 in (61–74 cm) in height and weigh about 44–60 lb (20–27 kg). The only downside of these dogs is that they are not very intelligent and are hard to train. The other parental dog breed, the Labrador Retriever, is from Canada and is one of the most popular pet dog breeds. They are medium-sized dogs with golden-blonde, chocolate brown, and black coats. Labrador Retriever dogs are highly intelligent and even trained to be assistance and police dogs. These parental dog breeds are complete opposites, so the Afador inherits both traits of both its parent breeds, such as intelligence and energy from the Labrador Retriever, and the beauty and grace of the Afghan Hound the Afador dog breed.
Generally, the Afador tends to vary in temperament, but most of them are patient, affectionate, loyal, playful, intelligent, and courageous. Even though this hybrid dog was developed in Alaska more than a decade ago, the breeders are still working on stabilizing the dog's personality, appearance and improving the breed overall. Training an Afador dog can be a little tricky for the owners at the beginning, as it takes after the Afghan Hound who has a reputation for being disobedient. Afador puppies require minimal grooming, but when they're nine months of age they become high maintenance dogs that require grooming and brushing at least twice a week. These dogs generally are healthy, some are predisposed to health problems faced by the parental breed including bloating, hip and elbow dysplasia, and subaortic stenosis. Gaining excess weight may also lead to several health problems. Taking good care of your dog(s) is very important, Afadors, in particular, require at least 30-45 minutes of daily exercise to maintain their health and to burn off some of their energy, regular visits to a vet.
An Afador belongs to the Mammalia class.
Accurate data of their population size is unknown. However, they are a rare breed.
An Afador dog can be found in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
An Afador dog is an active dog breed with high energy levels, they do not do well in apartments or small spaces and require enough space to run around freely, like in a backyard. They can live in both cold and warm regions, but prefer living in colder climatic conditions.
Afadors live in their owner's house as they are a pet dog breed.
An Afador lives up to 10 or 12 years. Their life span is shorter than most dog breeds, like a Shih Tzu.
Since the Afador is a hybrid of the Afghan Hound and Labrador Retriever, it does not have a breeding cycle. However, if we talk about one of its parental breeds, like the Labrador Retriever dog breed, they do have breeding cycles, they enter the heating phase twice a year, and stay in it for about two or three whole weeks. A female Labrador Retriever is most fertile during the end of the first week and throughout the second week.
Generally, domestic dogs reach sexual maturity when they are 6-12 months of age, this applies to both male and female dogs.
The IUNC Red List of Threatened Species has Not Evaluated the Afador dog breed.
Afador dogs are medium-sized, and their physique is similar to the Labrador Retriever, whereas its facial features or head resembles the Afghan Hound. Their coat is of medium length, has silky, long, and straight hair with mediocre density, they have fine and shorter hair on the face. Their ears are large and triangular. The coat of an Afador dog is usually brown, fawn, gray, and black. The coat usually requires a lot of maintenance and weekly grooming, brushing it frequently will also help keep the coat pf your pet clean and free of tangles. The ears of Afadors should also be checked and cleaned once a week to avoid any infection.
Afadors are absolutely adorable! Their big eyes, soft coat, floppy ears, their clumsy but endearing movements, wagging tails are heartwarming, their presence gives out pure joy!
Afador dogs communicate with visual actions, vocalizations, and auditory communication. Visual communication includes modifying or moving different parts of their body to interact, like licking and sniffing. They also communicate via olfactory or gustatory communication, by analyzing scent and pheromones in their surrounding. When an Afador dog meets someone you for the first time they maintain distance and try to sniff you, females will remain distant for a while but males warm up easily. Once they are familiar with you, they will always greet you with tail wags and happy gestures. To communicate happiness, a positive or good mood, an Afador will hold its tail high and slightly wag it. On the contrary, when they are anxious or feel any negative emotions, to display its unpleasant mood Afador dogs held their tail low. These dogs do not usually bark, but if they sense danger or dislike a person or another animal they loudly bark at them to keep them at bay. Other sounds produced by these dogs include howling, whimpering and whining, growling, panting, and sighs.
An Afador dog can grow up to 20-29 in (50.8-73.6 cm) in height.
These dogs are nearly three times the size of a Chihuahua.
While we do not have information on the exact speed rate of this breed, these dogs are very active, have swift movements and quick reflexes.
The weight of an Afador depends on the health and overall well-being of the dog, a healthy Afador weighs about 30-57.5 lb (13-26 kg).
Male dogs are simply known as dogs and sometimes as studs. Whereas, a female dog is called a bitch.
A baby Afador is simply called a puppy or a pup.
As these dogs are energetic and playful their ideal diet should be rich in vitamins, proteins, energy, and nutrients. Owners must provide good quality dog food regularly, the quantity should depend on the dog's age and size, or as per instructions given by a veterinarian. Maintaining an appropriate, balanced, and healthy diet is essential for the dog's growth and well-being. These dogs can easily gain excessive weight and become obese, followed by several health issues, especially if they do not exercise regularly. Just like other dogs, their dietary changes as they grow from puppies to adults, therefore it is important to pay attention to their changes and provide adequate meals. These dogs are prone to allergies and bloating, therefore if you notice any changes in your dogs' behavior after they have their meal, make sure to consult a vet and make the required changes in the diet.
Being slobbery means having an excessive flow of saliva that has accumulated in a dog's mouth. So yes, these dogs are very slobbery.
Yes, these dogs make incredible pets, they are affectionate, protective, intelligent, loyal, and a bundle of joy! Purchasing an Afador puppy from breeders can cost you around $650 to $1,500. Whereas, adopting them costs between $80 - $300. We recommend adopting, as the money is used to take care of other dogs at a shelter and because adopting is the better thing to do. They can be a little tricky and difficult to train, as their stubborn, disobedient, and ignorant personalities. This can be resolved by proper training at the early stages. Novice dog owners are suggested to hire professional dog trainers as the process is frustrating and tiring. Once their training is complete they make excellent family pets and great guard dogs. Afadors are very energetic and athletic, therefore require large outdoor spaces to carry out their daily activities, if you live in an apartment we do not recommend keeping this dog as a pet. Male Afadors are more welcoming and friendly than females. The females are more reserved and take time to warm up to new people.
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Afghan Hounds are ranked as the most disobedient and difficult to train breed, by dog trainers. However, they were once used to aid hunters in Afghanistan. They run at an astonishing speed of 43 mph (69.2 kph).
The world-renowned artist Picasso had an Afghan Hound as his pet!
Labrador Retrievers are often trained to be therapy, military, and police dogs due to their high intelligence. Their sense of smell is 40 times better than the of humans. Some dogs can even smell diseases including diabetes, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.
A dog just like humans has a preferred hand, well a preferred paw.
A dog's vision is not black and white they can see the colors blue, yellow, and a few shades of gray, but cannot see red, purple, or orange like humans.
The Afador was developed in the year 2000 in Alaska. The parental breeds are native to Afghanistan and Canada.
Yes, Afadors make great guard dogs, as they are intelligent, territorial, and protective of their owners.
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