Afghan Collie

35-55 lbs
19-25"
United States
Afghan Hound
Border Collie
The Afghan Collie is a wonderful mix of an Afghan Hound and a Border Collie with a medium sized body and a long thick coat with talents in sighting, tracking, retrieving, detecting narcotics, obedience, and agility. These dogs are known to be friendly and energetic, but can also be used as guard dogs. The Border Collie is known as the ultimate sheepdog and the Afghan Hound is an excellent hunter so this hybrid breed is perfect for hunting and gathering. Both breeds date back to pre-1800s and which then made their way to America by the 1900s. While the Afghan Hound is a large breed, the Border Collie is in the medium sized group so the Afghan Collie is a mid to large sized dog.
Purpose
Hunting, Herding
Date of Origin
2000
Ancestry
Afghan Hound, Border Collie

Afghan Collie Health

Average Size
Male Afghan Collie size stats
Height: 20-26 inches Weight: 35-55 lbs
Female Afghan Collie size stats
Height: 19-25 inches Weight: 35-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Nasal Solar Dermatitis
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Ulcerative Dermatosis
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Hearing Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Afghan Collie Breed History

Because the Afghan Collie is a new breed, little is known about the history. However, the history of the parent breeds can help determine the outcome of the Afghan Collie. The Afghan Hound started out in the Afghanistan mountains prior to the 1800s when it was discovered and brought to towns to help hunters track and capture gazelle and rabbits. The popularity grew over time but this breed was mainly seen in wealthy families and among royalty. The Afghan Hound was brought to America in the 1920s and was accepted by the American Kennel Society (AKC) in 1926. The breed became popular in the show ring for a while but lost its popularity since then. The Border Collie is thought to have been seen in wood carvings done by Thomas Beckwick from the History of the Quadrupeds sometime before the 1800s. During the late 1800s, the first sheepdog trial was held and won by a Border Collie named Hemp. The story states that Hemp was able to herd these sheep by just looking at them rather than barking and nipping at their heels. It is thought that Queen Victoria became fond of these dogs when she saw one in Balmoral. The standard of the Border Collie was established in 1906 with a heavy emphasis on their working ability and not their physical attributes. In fact, the breed was known as a sheepdog until 1915 when they were named Border Collies. The name is thought to be derived from the region they were first recognized, between the English and Scottish borders. However, they were not recognized by the AKC until 1995.

Afghan Collie Breed Appearance

The Afghan Collie is a medium to large sized dog that has a long body and shiny, long fur. Their coat is thick and long with a wooly undercoat that comes in white, brown, gray, blue, reddish-brown, and black. They have long, furry, floppy ears, a large muzzle, long black nose, large padded feet, and a long curled tail. The Afghan Hound is a large and elegant but strong breed while the Border Collie is a medium sized dog with a broad back and thick legs built for working. Both breeds have intelligent expressions and oval eyes, usually blue if the dog is merle or brown if the dog is any other color. They have strong jaws, a blocky skull, and scissor bite. The breed is bound to be sturdy as well as graceful due to its parentage.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Afghan Collie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Afghan Collie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Afghan Collie coat
Sable
white Afghan Collie coat
White
red Afghan Collie coat
Red
brown Afghan Collie coat
Brown
black Afghan Collie coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Afghan Collie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Afghan Collie Breed Maintenance

Because the shedding level of the Afghan Hound is low and the Border Collie is a moderate to high level shedder, the Afghan Collie is likely to be a moderate shedder. You should brush your Afghan Collie every other day with a stiff bristled brush and metal comb. The mats should be untangled with your fingers so you do not damage the delicate hair and you can bathe your Afghan Collie when needed. It is best to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner recommended by your veterinarian. Because of their thick and wooly undercoat, professional trimming is recommended if you live in a hot climate. It is also recommended you check your dog’s ears weekly for debris and wax, brush their teeth often, and trim their nails regularly.
Brushes for Afghan Collie
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Afghan Collie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Afghan Collie Temperament

The Afghan Hound and Border Collie are both incredibly intelligent dogs who do well with any type of training. The Afghan does have a bit of a stubborn streak but the Border Collie will do whatever possible to please its owner. They are loyal and dependable due to their sheepherding heritage and have always been excellent family pets and guard dogs as well. In fact, both breeds make good guard dogs due to their background in guarding the sheep. They are good with children but must be supervised and they tend to try to herd the younger children. It is important to socialize them to other animals early so they will get along well with other pets.

Afghan Collie Activity Requirements

The Border Collie is a very hyper and active dog that has to have a job to do or he will drive you crazy. The Afghan Hound, on the other hand, can be a more mellow breed. When the two are combined, the Afghan Hound’s temperament will hopefully temper that of the Border Collie giving you a dog that is devoted, intelligent, and active but with an off switch; meaning he can play hard but also take the time to relax in the home. Your dog will need at least 60 minutes of solid activity to ensure he is able to distress and relax at home. Long hikes or even running laps around the yard are good ways to keep your dog active, however, dog sports would be ideal for his type of personality.

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

Afghan Collie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Afghan Collie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Afghan Collie size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Afghan Collie size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 20 lbs
12 Months
Male Afghan Collie size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Afghan Collie size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Afghan Collie size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Afghan Collie size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 45 lbs

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