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Afghan Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Afghan Shepherd
OriginAfghanistan
Other Names
What other names does the Afghan Shepherd have? The dog breed also known as...
Kuchi Dog, Sage Kuchi, Sage Jangi, De Kochyano Spai, Jangi Spai
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Afghan Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Afghan Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Afghan Shepherd breed?
Unknown
Price
How much does the Afghan Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Afghan Shepherd price:
$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the Afghan Shepherd, 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 Afghan Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Afghan Shepherd gets to a happy place.

Afghan Shepherd History

The Afghan Shepherd is also known as Sage Kuchi/Koochee or Kuchi Dog, which comes from the Afghan word for ‘nomad’. The breed was named after the Afghan Kochi people who are thought to have discovered these Molosser-type dogs. Moreover, the Afghan Shepherd is thought to have been developed by these nomad people of Afghanistan as a working breed, given the task of guarding the caravans and livestock against predators and thieves.

Furthermore, according to experts, there is very little known and written about the Afghan Shepherd. The date of origin is unknown and their ancestry is still somewhat of a mystery. This makes historians believe that they are a primitive breed that has been hidden from the world while traveling with their masters through Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are also considered Molosser-type dogs and are genetically close to the Central Asian Ovacharka.

Some experts even claim that the breed is simply a variation of the Central Asian Ovcharka.

Moreover, these dogs were bred for their characteristics rather than how they looked which is why they are not recognized as an official breed by any kennel club in the West. It is also important to highlight that these nomads needed a dog that could adapt to all climates and conditions very quickly, as they were traveling across mountain ranges, through deserts in blistering heat during the day, and freezing cold at night. They also needed a dog who could pretty much fend for himself as they didn’t have time to train the dog, feed him, or wait for him if he fell behind or became ill. The Afghan Shepherd became the perfect dog for the job. The breed knew when to preserve his energy to keep up with the camels and it was strong and fearless enough to fight off intruders including wolves, mountain lions, bears, and tigers. The breed has been protecting the Afghan nomads and their livestock for centuries and because of this, it is not suitable for usual life in a Western home.

The breed has three different classifications: the Mountain type, the Steppe type, and the Desert type. Some breed enthusiasts have even classified them further into either tiger type or lion type. All varieties have the same basic, sturdy, large-boned structure with a massive head. They all have dark eyes and black noses, although self-colored noses are acceptable in lighter-colored dogs. Their ears are generally cropped close to their head and their tails are also docked. The mountain types are bigger-boned than the other two varieties, and also have longer, thicker coats. The mountain type is able to move quickly over uneven terrain but is slowing moving over flat land. The steppe type of Kuchi has a lighter bone structure and is able to move fast over flatlands. They have a medium to long coat that is somewhat dense, but not as dense as the mountain type. Lastly, the desert type has a short coat that becomes dense with a woolen undercoat during colder seasons. These dogs also have a heavier bone structure than the steppe type. All three versions come in several different colors including, black, red, fawn, and grey.

Many enthusiasts of the breed are beginning to promote responsible breeding practices and developed an acceptable breed standard. There is a higher population of the Afghan Shepherd in Pakistan and Afghanistan but the breed is still considered rare everywhere else in the world.

Afghan Shepherd General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Afghan Shepherd size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Afghan Shepherd weigh? Afghan Shepherd weight:
Male: 88-176 lbs (40-80 kg), Female: 84-120 lbs (38-54 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Afghan Shepherd? Afghan Shepherd average weight:
Male: 132 lbs (60 kg), Female: 102 lbs (46 kg)
Height
How tall is the Afghan Shepherd? Afghan Shepherd height:
Male: 28-35 inches (71-89 cm), Female: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Afghan Shepherd average height:
Male: 31,5 inches (80 cm), Female: 29,5 inches (75 cm)

Afghan Shepherd Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Afghan Shepherd have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Afghan Shepherd's coat?
Any color, dark spots
Grooming
How to groom the Afghan Shepherd and how often?
Easy to groom: The Afghan Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Afghan Shepherd is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Afghan Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Kuchi Dog? Afghan Shepherd shedding level:
Afghan Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Afghan Shepherd Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Afghan Shepherd have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AloofClownishDignifiedHappyIndependent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Afghan Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Low: The Afghan Shepherd if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Afghan Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Afghan Shepherds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Afghan Shepherd is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Afghan Shepherd sensitivity:
Afghan Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Afghan Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Kuchi Dog need? Afghan Shepherd social needs:
Afghan Shepherds 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.
Barking
Do Afghan Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Sage Kuchi bark?
Average: The Afghan Shepherd barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Afghan Shepherd good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Afghan Shepherds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Afghan Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Afghan Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Afghan Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Afghan Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Afghan Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Kuchi Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Afghan Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Afghan Shepherd 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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Afghan Shepherd do?
Afghan Shepherds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Afghan Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Afghan Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Afghan Shepherd roam?
Afghan Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has 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. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Afghan Shepherd have high prey drive?
Afghan Shepherds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Afghan Shepherd dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Afghan Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem lakásbarát kutya Afghan Shepherd. Ha nincs kerted, akkor jól gondold át a döntésedet, sok gondot okozhat Afghan Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Afghan Shepherds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Afghan Shepherd dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Afghan Shepherd Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Afghan Shepherd temperament with other people:
Afghan Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Afghan Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Afghan Shepherd temperament with children:
Afghan Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Afghan Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Afghan Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Afghan Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Afghan Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Afghan Shepherds good office dogs? Do Afghan Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Afghan Shepherds be office dogs?
No
Afghan Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Kuchi Dog temperament with senior people? Are Afghan Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Afghan Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Afghan Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Afghan Shepherds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Afghan Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Afghan Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Afghan Shepherd 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). Afghan Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Afghan Shepherd be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Afghan Shepherd be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed 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 to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Afghan Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Afghan Shepherd be a sniffer dog?
Not really
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. Afghan Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Afghan Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Afghan Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Afghan Shepherd be a boat dog?
Not really
Afghan Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Afghan Shepherd be a drafting dog?
Yes
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. Afghan Shepherd breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Afghan Shepherd Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Afghan Shepherd dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Afghan Shepherd 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 Afghan Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Afghan Shepherd breed? Most common health risks of Afghan Shepherd:
BloatCataractsCorneal DystrophyDemodicosisGlaucomaHypothyroidismMuscular DystrophyPannusProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Afghan Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Afghan Shepherd be?
12-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Afghan Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Afghan Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher 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.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Afghan Shepherd have? What is the activity level of the Afghan Shepherd?
Afghan Shepherds 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 activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Afghan Shepherd dogs require per day?
Afghan Shepherds 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 this fido need?
Afghan Shepherds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Afghan Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
6 to 8 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? Afghan Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Afghan Shepherd'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 Afghan Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Afghan Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Afghan Shepherd drool?
The Afghan Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Afghan Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Afghan Shepherd Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Afghan Shepherd: 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.
How often can the Afghan Shepherd have a litter? 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 Afghan Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Afghan Shepherd Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Afghan Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Child Friendly: Afghan Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Afghan Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Afghan Shepherd if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Hypoallergenic: Afghan Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem lakásbarát kutya Afghan Shepherd.
  • Drooling tendency: The Afghan Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High.
  • Watchdog Ability: Afghan Shepherds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Afghan Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Afghan Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Afghan Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Afghan Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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