Afghan Bay Retriever

50-70 lbs
24-27"
Unknown
Afghan Hound
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Afghan Bay Retriever is a designer breed composed of two purebreds, the Afghan Hound and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The Afghan Bay Retriever will be a medium to large canine with an energetic personality and an eagerness to be on the move. This breed’s coat, a combination of the parent’s characteristics, will need to be brushed and combed out a few times a week in order to keep on top of the loose hair and to avoid painful matting of the fur. Monthly professional grooming and clipping is recommended. Both parent breeds are independent and have a high prey drive and may chase small animals; this trait could carry over to your Afghan Bay Retriever. Because of this, the Afghan Bay Retriever should be introduced to smaller pets in the home when he is at a young age. The Afghan Bay Retriever will do well in most environments but does not tolerate very hot temperatures.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Afghan Hound, Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Afghan Bay Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Afghan Bay Retriever size stats
Height: 27-29 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Female Afghan Bay Retriever size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • DNA for VWD

Afghan Bay Retriever Breed History

Since the Afghan Bay Retriever is a “new” breed, there is not too much recorded history. Fortunately, there is very detailed information on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Afghan Hound. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever can trace their “roots” to two dogs, rescued in 1807 from a sinking ship in Maryland. They were named Sailor (male) and Canton (female) and are believed to have been the Lesser Newfoundland breed or St. John's water dogs. They were bred with local dogs which then produced the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed to hunt waterfowl even in bad weather conditions. In 1918, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was recognized by the American Kennel Club, and there have been few changes to the breed standards since then. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is rated by the American Kennel Club as third most popular Retriever breed. It is believed that the Afghan Hound is an ancient breed that was developed in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. The Afghan Hound is a descendant of the Saluki, which was from Persia. Originally, their purpose was to chase prey away from the farm animals and to guard the nomadic tribe’s flocks. They were then used as coursing hounds. Coursing is a hunting technique which uses sighthounds to catch the prey by running after them. Sighthounds depend on sight, agility, quickness and stamina. The breed is no longer used for hunting, but is used in the sport of lure coursing. Lure coursing uses a mechanically operated lure instead of a live animal. An Afghan Hound won Best in Show at the 1996 World Dog Show in Budapest. An Afghan Hound also won Best of Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1957 and then again in 1983.

Afghan Bay Retriever Breed Appearance

The Afghan Bay Retriever will have characteristics of both the Afghan Hound and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s dense coat is designed to be water resistant and a camouflage during the hunt. The Afghan Hound has long, fine and flowing hair. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a large square head but the Afghan Hound has a thin face. It is difficult to know the exact appearance of the Afghan Bay Retriever as variations are common in hybrids. Typically, this hybrid breed is a medium to large dog with an athletic build.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Afghan Bay Retriever eyes
Brown
amber Afghan Bay Retriever eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Afghan Bay Retriever nose
Black
brown Afghan Bay Retriever nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Afghan Bay Retriever coat
Gray
sable Afghan Bay Retriever coat
Sable
brindle Afghan Bay Retriever coat
Brindle
brown Afghan Bay Retriever coat
Brown
red Afghan Bay Retriever coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Afghan Bay Retriever wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Afghan Bay Retriever Breed Maintenance

The Afghan Hound is a hypoallergenic breed but the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a moderate shedder. The Afghan Bay Retriever should be brushed and combed several times a week. The long, dense hair may need to be washed with a mild shampoo monthly. If your Afghan Bay Retriever has a very long coat he may need to be trimmed by a professional groomer. His ears should be cleaned with an ear wash monthly. If your Afghan Bay Retriever is a swimmer, his ears will need to be dried after his swimming adventures in order to prevent bacterial buildup and ear infections.
Brushes for Afghan Bay Retriever
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Afghan Bay Retriever requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Afghan Bay Retriever Temperament

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is strong-willed and is more independent than other Retriever breeds. They love to swim, even in frigid waters. They are active dogs and thrive on being part of outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking, jogging and camping. The breed can be protective and can also be aggressive toward other dogs, if challenged. Socialization at an early stage is best. The Afghan can be stubborn, independent and hard to train. The breed is sometimes described as “cat-like” because they decide when they want affection or attention. They are not an aggressive breed. They do have a hunting instinct, which may lead to the chasing of smaller animals like cats, rabbits, and squirrels. Your Afghan Bay Retriever may show an independent streak and a tendency towards stubbornness. Intelligent, and born with an innate hunting instinct, this hybrid will always be on alert for something exciting to do. The Afghan Bay Retriever may not be a good dog with small children because it is high energy and its size can knock down a small child. The Afghan Bay Retriever is not meant to live in an apartment. They need a house and large yard in which to run, play and explore.

Afghan Bay Retriever Activity Requirements

The Afghan Hound can be a more mellow, easy-going dog when he is properly trained and socialized, however, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is probably the most hard headed or stubborn of the retriever breeds. He needs constant reminder of his pack leader and does require a lot of exercise. The Afghan Hound also needs space to run and play, therefore, a mix of these two breeds would produce a dog that can be stubborn at times with a propensity for challenging authority but also able to mellow out and live in harmony in the home as long as he is able to get enough exercise each day.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Afghan Bay Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Afghan Bay Retriever Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Afghan Bay Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Female Afghan Bay Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Male Afghan Bay Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Afghan Bay Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 50 lbs
18 Months
Male Afghan Bay Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 28 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Afghan Bay Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 60 lbs

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