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This is a rare designer hybrid dog that crosses the Afghan Hound with the Labrador Retriever. They fall into the groups of hounding and sporting and because of their intelligence and energy are known for such talents or work as search and rescue, watchdog, tracking, sledding, carting, hunting, racing, police work, narcotics detection, retrieving, lure coursing, herding and agility. Due to his energy he is not suited for apartment living and can be expected to live for ten to twelve years. He is very affectionate, loyal and alert.
The Afador is an intelligent, energetic, affectionate dog that makes a great working dog or companion. He does need more attention than most in terms of his coat and grooming but the love and loyalty he rewards you with will be well worth the effort.
The Afador is a mix of the Afghan Hound and the Labrador Retriever. They were first bred in Alaska and have become somewhat more popular in the last decade although they are still quite rare and hard to find. It has a combination of temperament and appearance from both of its parents though how much of each really does vary from one puppy to another.
The Afghan Hound is an elegant and aloof dog that originates from Afghanistan. He was bred for hunting large prey and is one of the oldest breed of dogs there are. He is a fast runner over long distances and is a brave dog encouraged to have independence and intelligence.
The Labrador Retriever is a friendly and intelligent dog that originally was bred in Newfoundland in Canada as a helper for fishermen retrieving nets and fish and so on. Bow he is known as a very loyal companion, great as a family pet because he is warm, sweet natured and obedient when trained.
Living with an Afador
The Afador is not suited to living in apartments because of his energy levels nor in warm climates though he is fine in colder ones. On average he will need to be fed 21/2 to 3 cups of dry food a day that is of good quality. This should be divided into two meals and avoid leaving out food for him to over graze on.
His coat needs a lot of attention from you, a full groom of an hour long twice a week at least. The best way to go about it is to take a handful of hair and comb moving from the skin outwards and then allow that handful to drop down. This helps keep it tangle free and avoids breaking hair. He will also need to be bathed at least once every two months though that may be a lot more frequent if he is prone to puddle diving! Use a shampoo made for dogs that will not dry out his slkin. Another aspect of care are his ears. Ears that flop over and hang down are more prone to infections so take good care of them by cleaning with a damp cloth once a week.
As stated they are a great family dog to have but unless socialized or grown up with children from a puppy they prefer the older ones. This may be linked to their low tolerance for pain as young children have a tendency to tug on tails and ears. They are social and loving and very loyal. Inside the home they are usually calm despite their energy, their playfulness and energetic nature emerges when they are outside more. They are not always great with other pets especially smaller ones because of their hunter instincts which makes them want to chase them.
He does not bark a lot but will bark and can do so loudly if a stranger approaches. He is stable but should not be kept as an outside dog because of their more social nature.