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Afghan Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginAfghanistan flagAfghanistan England flagEngland
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Afghan Hound and Cocker Spaniel mix

Afghan Spaniel Price and Availability

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

Where to buy an Afghan Spaniel with a good pedigree?

$900-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Afghan Spaniel, 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 Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Afghan Spaniel gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Afghan Spaniel? How many Afghan Spaniel are there in the world?
Average: The Afghan Spaniel 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.

Afghan Spaniel Size

Size
Is an Afghan Spaniel small, medium or large dog?

How big do Afghan Spaniel get?

What is the average size of an Afghan Spaniel?

LargeMedium
Weight
How much does the Afghan Spaniel weigh? How much should an Afghan Spaniel weight? What is the normal weight of an Afghan Spaniel? How much does a full-grown Afghan Spaniel weight?
Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Afghan Spaniel?
Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Afghan Spaniel? Afghan Spaniel height:
27-29 inches (69-74 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Afghan Spaniel?
28 inches (71.5 cm)

Afghan Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Afghan Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineFeathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Afghan Spaniel coats?
BlackTan Red Blue Cream White Silver Golden LiverRoan
Grooming
How to groom the Afghan Spaniel and how often? How often should I take my Afghan Spaniel to the groomer?
Advanced: The Afghan Spaniel 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 Afghan Spaniel a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Afghan Spaniel, 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 Afghan Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Afghan Spaniel? Do Afghan Spaniel dogs shed a lot?
Afghan Spaniel dogs 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Afghan Spaniel need a bath? How often should you give an Afghan Spaniel a bath? Can I bathe my Afghan Spaniel every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Afghan Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Afghan Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
PlayfulAloofDignifiedIndependentClownishHappyIntelligentFriendlyAffectionateTrainableQuietFaithful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Afghan Spaniel? Is the Afghan Spaniel breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Afghan Spaniel ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Afghan Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an Afghan Spaniel?
Afghan Spaniel dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Afghan Spaniel is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Afghan Spaniel sensitivity:
Sensitive: Afghan Spaniel dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Afghan Spaniel a good family dog?
Average to High: Afghan Spaniel 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 Spaniel need? Afghan Spaniel social needs:
Afghan Spaniel dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Afghan Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Afghan Spaniel bark?
Low to Average: The Afghan Spaniel rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

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

Watchdog Ability
Is Afghan Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Afghan Spaniel dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Afghan Spaniel dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Afghan Spaniel dogs are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Afghan Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Afghan Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Afghan Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Afghan Spaniel 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Afghan Spaniel has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Afghan Spaniel? How much bite force does an Afghan Spaniel have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Afghan Spaniel bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Afghan Spaniel, 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.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Afghan Spaniel do?
Afghan Spaniel dogs have an 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 Afghan Spaniel dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Afghan Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Afghan Spaniel roam?
Afghan Spaniel dogs 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 Spaniel have high prey drive?
Afghan Spaniel dogs 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 Spaniel dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Afghan Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have an Afghan Spaniel in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Afghan Spaniel breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Afghan Spaniel dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Afghan Spaniel be left alone? How long can you leave an Afghan Spaniel alone?
Afghan Spaniel dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Afghan Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Afghan Spaniel temperament with other people:
Afghan Spaniel dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Afghan Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Afghan Spaniel dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Afghan Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Afghan Spaniel temperament with children:
Afghan Spaniel dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Afghan Spaniel 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 Afghan Spaniel breed live with a cat?
Afghan Spaniel dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Afghan Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs?
Afghan Spaniel dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Afghan Spaniel can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Afghan Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Afghan Spaniel breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Afghan Spaniel dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Afghan Spaniel dogs good office canines? Do Afghan Spaniel dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Afghan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Afghan Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Afghan Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are Afghan Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Afghan Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Afghan Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Afghan Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Afghan Spaniel 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 Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Afghan Spaniel breed? Most common health risks of Afghan Spaniel:
CataractsHip DysplasiaAllergiesCancerHypothyroidismEar InfectionsElbow DysplasiaRenal Failure
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Afghan Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Afghan Spaniel see the vet?
Average
The Afghan Spaniel 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 Afghan Spaniel dogs live? How old can a Afghan Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the Afghan Spaniel? How many years can the oldest Afghan Spaniel live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Afghan Spaniel?

How long is the lifespan of an Afghan Spaniel?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Afghan Spaniel: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Afghan Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Afghan Spaniel 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.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Afghan Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the Afghan Spaniel?
Afghan Spaniel dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Afghan Spaniel need? How much exercise do Afghan Spaniel dogs require per day?

Do Afghan Spaniel dogs need a lot of exercises?

Afghan Spaniel 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 Afghan Spaniel breed need?
Afghan Spaniel dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Afghan Spaniel need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Afghan Spaniel breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Afghan Spaniel? How much food should I feed my Afghan Spaniel?
2 to 2.5 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 Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average: The Afghan Spaniel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Spaniel weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Afghan Spaniel can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Afghan Spaniel 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 Spaniel drool?
The Afghan Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Afghan Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. 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 minimum compared to others, just like the Afghan Spaniel.

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

Afghan Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Afghan Spaniel 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 Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Afghan Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Afghan Spaniel 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.

Afghan Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Afghan Spaniel 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.

Afghan Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Afghan Spaniel 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 Afghan Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

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

Yes

Afghan Spaniel breed usually likes 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, as 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 Afghan Spaniel 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.

Afghan Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

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

Not really

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

Afghan Spaniel Reproducibility

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

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Afghan Spaniel: 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 Afghan Spaniel have in a litter? How many puppies can the Afghan Spaniel breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Afghan Spaniel have? How many puppies can an Afghan Spaniel give birth to?
6-8 puppies

Afghan Spaniel Recognition

AKC Group
Is Afghan Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Afghan Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Afghan Spaniel breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.

Afghan Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Afghan Spaniel dogs are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Afghan Spaniel breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Afghan Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Afghan Spaniel dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Afghan Spaniel dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Afghan Spaniel dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Afghan Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Afghan Spaniel dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Afghan Spaniel breed usually likes 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.

Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Afghan Spaniel dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Afghan Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Afghan Spaniel dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Afghan Spaniel dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Afghan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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