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Afador Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Afador so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Afador have?
Afghan Lab
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Labrador Retriever and Afghan Hound mix

Afador Size and Weight

Is an Afador small, medium or large dog?

How big do Afador get?

What is the average size of an Afador?

How much does the Afador weigh? How much should an Afador weight? What is the normal weight of an Afador? How much does a full-grown Afador weight?
50-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Afador?
62.5 pounds (29.5 kg)
How tall is the Afador? Afador height:
20-28 inches (51-71 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Afador?
24 inches (61 cm)

Afador Price and Availability

How much does the Afador puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of an Afador in the United States? How much money is an Afador?

Where to buy an Afador with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Afador, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Afador for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Afador gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Afador? How many Afador are there in the world?
Average: The Afador is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Afador Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Afador? Is the Afador breed dumb or smart?
Very smart: Afador is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.

The Afador is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Are Afador dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an Afador?
Afador dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Afador good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Afador dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Afador dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Afador dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Afador dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Afador Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Afador have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Afador sensitivity:
Afador dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Afador a good family dog?
Average to High: Afador dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Afghan Lab need? Afador social needs:
Afador dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Afador to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Afador roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Afador is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Afador have high prey drive?
Afador dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Afador dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Afador Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Afadors, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Afador dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Afghan Lab bark?
Average to High: The Afador is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Afador good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have an Afador in an apartment?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Afador breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Afador indoors can cause a lot of problems.

Afador Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Afador dogs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Afador be left alone? How long can you leave an Afador alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Afador Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Afador has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Afador? How much bite force does an Afador have? How strong is an Afador bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Afador bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Afador measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of an Afador is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Afador bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Afador bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train an Afador puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Afador, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Afador bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, an Afador can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Afador bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Afghan Lab? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Afador? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Afador has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Afador do?
Afador dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Afador dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Afador Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Afador dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Afador is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Afador breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Afador breed? Most common health risks of Afador:
Hip Dysplasia BloatElbow DysplasiaSub-Aortic Stenosis (SAS)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Afador breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Afador see the vet?
The Afador should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Afador dogs live? How old can a Afador be? What is the age limit of the Afador? How many years can the oldest Afador live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Afador?

How long is the lifespan of an Afador?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Afador: 11 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Afador can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.

Afador Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Afador have? What is the activity level of the Afador?
Afador dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Afador need? How much exercise do Afador dogs require per day?

Do Afador dogs need a lot of exercises?

Afador dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Afador breed need?
Afador dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.

Afador Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Afador need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Afador breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Afador? How much food should I feed my Afador?
5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Afador risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Afador's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Afador weight regularly.

Afador Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Afador have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Afador coats?
BlackGray Red BrownFawn
How to groom the Afador and how often? How often should I take my Afador to the groomer?
Advanced: The Afador requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Afador a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Afador, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Afador dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Afghan Lab? Do Afador dogs shed a lot?
Afador dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Afador breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Afador need a bath? How often should you give an Afador a bath? Can I bathe my Afador every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Afador breed hypoallergenic?
Afador dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Afador dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Afador has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Afador drool?
The Afador is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Afador Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Afador dogs get along with other pets? Are Afador dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Afador dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Afador temperament with other people:
Afador dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Afador dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Afador temperament with children:
Afador dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Afador dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Afador breed live with a cat?
Afador dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Afador good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Afador dogs get along with other dogs?
Afador dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Afador breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Afador breed suitable for first-time owners?
Afador dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Afador dogs good office canines? Do Afador dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Afador is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Afador dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Afghan Lab temperament with senior people? Are Afador dogs good for elderly owners?
Afadors are not the best breed for elderly people.

Afador As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Afador be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Afador is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Afador be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Afador be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Afador is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Afador be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Afador is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Afador be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Afador is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Afador be a boat dog?

Not really

Afador breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Afador be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Afador is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Afador dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Afador Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Afador pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Afador breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Afador: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Afador have in a litter? How many puppies can the Afador breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Afador have? How many puppies can an Afador give birth to?
6-10 puppies

Afador Recognition

AKC Group
Is Afador recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Afador recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Afador breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Afador Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Afador is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Afador dogs are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Afador dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Stinkiness: The Afador has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Afador dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Afador breed.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Afador requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Afador dogs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Afador's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Afador dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Afador is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Adaptability: Afador dogs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Afador dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Afador dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Afador is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Afadors are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Afador dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Afador History

The Afador dog originates from Alaska, and the breed is a perfect balance between the Labrador Retriever and the Afghan Hound. The Afador has become quite popular in the last decade, despite the fact that it is still considered a rare breed. They can be a fantastic companion for anyone, with the Labrador’s intelligence and enthusiasm and the Afghan Hound’s beauty and elegance.

The Afador is a medium-sized dog with a slender build, long legs, and athletic appearance. The breed is strong, with a large round head, long, tapered muzzle, brown or black nose, dark, almond-shaped eyes, curious expression, and dropped folded ears. However, these traits can vary depending on the mix of Afghan Hound and Labrador Retriever. Their coat is medium to long in length, silky, and straight. The Afador can also come in any color, including white, grey, red, brown, black, tan, and mixtures of any of these. The breed weighs between 60 and 75 pounds and is about 25-30 inches tall. The Afador is a solid and thicker dog than their Afghan Hound parent but leaner and more elegant than the Labrador Retriever. Moreover, when the Afador first appeared, it was always a cross of Labrador Retriever and Afghan Hound, but currently many breeders are using second generation Afadors to produce new Afadors. Due to the multibreed mixing, there is no way of knowing which characteristics these Afador puppies will have. It depends on the amount of each original breed that was in the first generation and which genetics are the most dominant. Breeders are now trying to stabilize the Afador breed by determining what amounts of each type of dog are most desired.

However, to know more about the breed’s history, we have to examine the parents’ histories. It is hard to tell when exactly the Afghan Hound first appeared, as its presence predates written history, but one of the first published descriptions of the breed appeared in a drawing by an English soldier called Thomas Duer Broughton when he was in India in 1809. According to experts, it is one of the oldest dog breeds that is believed to have been around during the pre-Christian era. The breed can be traced back to different places in Afghanistan, with different coats and color variants depending on where they originate. Afghan Hounds from mountainous areas have thick and dark coats, while those from the desert have lighter colored, lower-volume coats. For centuries, they have been used as hunting companions, and they are known for their speed, quick and independent thinking, and panoramic vision, which are all features shared by all sighthounds. Today the Afghan Hounds are primarily the result of breeding efforts made by the English in the 1920s. The breed has become a mainstay of British soldiers and noblemen in the early 1900s but almost went extinct during World War I, when resources shifted and it became difficult to breed and care for companion animals. In the mid-1920s, British military officers began bringing Afghan hounds to the West, and in 1927 the breed was registered by the American Kennel Club. By the 1980s, Afghan Hounds had become a cornerstone of the show-dogs and obedience circuits in America.

On the other hand, the Labrador Retriever is the traditional waterdog of Newfoundland, long employed as a duck retriever and fisherman’s friend. The breed became popular in the early 1800s when Labs were spotted by English nobles who were visiting Canada. These sporting lords returned to England with fine specimens of ‘Labrador dogs’. Exactly how these dogs of Newfoundland became associated with Labrador is unclear, but the name stuck. During the second half of the 19th century, British breeders refined and standardized the breed. The physical and temperamental breed traits recall the Labrador Retriever’s original purpose. A short, dense, weather-resistant coat was preferred because during a Canadian winter longhaired retrievers would be encrusted with ice when coming out of the water. In its ancestral homeland, the breed would be assigned to a fishing boat to retrieve the fish that came off the trawl. Moreover, the breed’s thick, tapering tail serves as a powerful rudder, constantly moving back and forth as the dog swims and aids the dog in turning. When it comes to characteristics, the breed is described as one of a kindly, outgoing, tractable nature, eager to please, and nonaggressive toward man or animal. The Kennel Club of England recognized the breed in 1903, and the AKC registered its first dog of the breed in 1917. The Labrador Retriever topped AKC registrations for the first time in 1991 and has reigned as America’s favorite breed ever since.

Overall, now we can see why the mixture of these two breeds make such an intelligent, friendly nature, and hardworking dog, such as the Afador. The Afador can make a great family dog in general, because of their playful and affectionate personality. However, because the breed is considered a hybrid or designer dog, and is therefore restricted from joining the elite American Kennel Club roster of purebreds.

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Afador Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Jameo Sperk

    Jan 13, 2024, 12:06:29 AM:

    I think it nice, chill and Apartment friendly it amazing.

  • Melina Bekiares

    Jun 9, 2020, 7:42:08 PM: