Afghan Chon

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11-75 lbs
10-27"
United States
Afghan Hound
Bichon Frise
Feisty but gentle, the Afghan Chon is a hybrid breed developed from the Afghan Hound and the Bichon Frise. While it is unknown when the Afghan Chon had his beginnings, he is said to have been initially bred in the United States. The Afghan Chon maintains characteristics from both parent breeds which may vary depending on the litter. The Afghan Chon’s coat is lengthy, with soft, dense curly fur. Its height varies since the Afghan Hound is a tall breed while the Bichon Frise is a toy breed. Many owners say that their  Afghan Chon inherits much of its temperament from the spunky Bichon Frise. The Afghan Chon is a lovable breed who is cheerful and bubbly. The breed was developed in order to become a companion pet to families. Due to his coat, the Afghan Chon does require moderate maintenance.
Purpose
Companion, watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Afghan Hound, Bichon Frise

Afghan Chon Health

Average Size
Male Afghan Chon size stats
Height: 10-27 inches Weight: 11-75 lbs
Female Afghan Chon size stats
Height: 10-27 inches Weight: 11-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Juvenile Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Optical Examination
  • Complete Blood Test

Afghan Chon Breed History

As with other hybrid breeds, the history of the Afghan Chon is unknown, simply because he is new on the scene. The Afghan Chon originated from the parent breeds the Afghan Hound and the Bichon Frise. Its original and current purpose is to serve as a loyal companion pet with spunk. It is commonly believed that the Bichon Frise originated from a woolly water dog known as the Barbet and its name was derived from the word barbichon. The Bichon Frise originated in the Mediterranean, along with the rest of the Barbichon family: the Maltese, the Havanese, the Bolognese, and the Coton de Tulear. There is conflicting information as to when the Bichon Frise originated. One account reports that in the 14th century, French sailors brought the Bichon Frise home from the Canary Islands. While the exact location is unknown, the Bichon Frise is said to have initially been used for trading. The other account reports that the Spanish brought the Bichon Frise to the Canary Islands and then Italian sailors returned them. The Bichon Frise was popular with royalty and was considered a symbol of nobility. After World War I, interest in the Bichon Frise increased and the French helped to preserve the breed. In 1956, the Bichon Frise was first brought to the United States. In 1973, the breed was officially recognized by the AKC. The Afghan Hound came from Afghanistan and is considered to be an ancient breed that dates back thousands of years. In 1925, the breed was transported to England, where it was then imported to the United States. In the 1970s, the Afghan Hound became the center of attention when Barbie graced America with her Afghan Hound. In the 1980s, the Afghan Hound became an AKC staple in the show ring and excelled in obedience obstacles.

Afghan Chon Breed Appearance

The Afghan Chon most closely resembles one of its parent breeds – the Bichon Frise. Its skull is slightly rounded. Its muzzle is less pointy than the Afghan Hound. Its tail is carried over its back and is long and curly. The Afghan Chon has a black nose. It has rounded, dark brown eyes. The Afghan Chon can come in variations of white or off-white. Its coat consists of a curly, dense coat with minimal shedding, though some Afghan Chons may have a less curly coat due to inheriting more dominant traits from the other parent breed. This cute breed’s facial expression is that of independence and outgoing radiance.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Afghan Chon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Afghan Chon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Afghan Chon coat
White
cream Afghan Chon coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Afghan Chon curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Afghan Chon Breed Maintenance

The Afghan Chon is considered to be mostly hypoallergenic due to the Bichon Frise influence. The Afghan Chon’s coat most closely resembles that of a Bichon Frise. Its coat is soft but dense, curly and non-water repellent. Bathing your Afghan Chon should be limited to every 6 to 8 weeks, and only then if necessary. Regular grooming is required for this breed; a firm bristle brush and a greyhound comb will be highly useful in brushing your dog daily to prevent mats from developing. His ears should be regularly wiped clean to prevent bacteria from building up in the ear canal. His teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent tartar accumulation and his nails should be trimmed and filed every 2 to 3 weeks. The Afghan Chon is not known to drool and does not contain any notable odors.
Brushes for Afghan Chon
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Afghan Chon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Afghan Chon Temperament

The Afghan Chon inherits much of the Bichon Frises’ personality in terms of its goofiness and fun-loving outlook. The Afghan Chon is known to be incredibly affectionate, fun, and entertaining. He loves to feel like he belongs in the family and thrives on play. The Afghan Chon is welcoming of strangers, children, and other pets. However, it is still helpful to expose your Afghan Chon to other animals as a puppy in order to for him to fully accept meeting unfamiliar species. Positive reinforcement will benefit your Afghan Chon in terms of training, though he is easy to teach and eager to please. The Afghan Chon thrives on being busy. It is recommended that you involve your Afghan Chon in intense play broken into 2 to 3 intervals per day. If your Afghan Chon becomes bored, he may engage in destructive behaviors. Excessive barking and chewing can be avoided if your hybrid is provided with the proper mental and physical stimulation.

Afghan Chon Activity Requirements

Providing daily exercise for your Afghan Chon is essential to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Since the Afghan Chon was bred to be a companion pet, he does not feel the need to follow any particular tasks though he does have a high level of energy that requires constant activity. It is important to be able to provide stimulation mentally too, with dog friendly games such as fetching and tugging. The Afghan Chon would fare best in an apartment or home with a large yard. Boredom may set in if you are unable to provide the outlets your pet needs; consider a doggy daycare to keep him busy if you need to be out for any length of time.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Afghan Chon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

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