Afghan Retriever

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50-70 lbs
United States
Afghan Hound
Golden Retriever
The Afghan Retriever is a large breed with a long flowing coat, floppy ears, and a muscular but lithe body. In fact, this breed looks like a smaller built Golden Retriever. Both breeds are known for their hunting abilities so they are often used for that purpose. These dogs are bred to be sporty and energetic enough to take hunting but calm and friendly enough to be a good house pet. The Afghan Retriever is independent but lovable, smart and silly. They are good with kids and other pets but should not be left alone with any children under five years old. You will mostly find these dogs in yellow, cream, gold, white, and chocolate.
Date of Origin
Afghan Hound, Golden Retriever

Afghan Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Afghan Retriever size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Female Afghan Retriever size stats
Height: 23-26 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Bloat
  • Histiocytosis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Analysis
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Afghan Retriever Breed History

Because this breed is new, the history is not known yet. However, by looking at the history of the parent breeds, this can give you a good idea of the characteristics of the Afghan Retriever. The Afghan Hound is an ancient breed from Afghanistan, where these dogs were found roaming in the Afghan mountains. When these independent beauties were discovered, they were brought down to town and used in hunting and gathering rabbits and gazelle for food. In the 1920s, the Afghan Hound was brought to the United States but was mainly found among the wealthy. They were registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1926 and became popular as show dogs for a while before losing their popularity in the 1950s. The Golden Retriever originated in England in the early 1800s and was documented by Lord Tweedmouth on the estate with Sir Dudley Majoribanks. This breed is famous for its retrieving abilities but is also good at hunting, field trials, obedience, and is often used as a guide dog for blind people. In fact, the first three dogs to win the obedience champion titles were all Golden Retrievers. This breed came to the United States in 1900 with Lord Tweedmouth’s sons to live on the family’s Texas farm. They quickly became popular as show dogs and as pets, being registered by the AKC in 1925 and is presently the 3rd most popular dog breed in the United States. The Afghan Hound ranks 113th most popular. Their fast learning skills made them invaluable to those who needed therapy dogs, guide dogs, and service dogs for the blind and handicapped, as well as narcotics detection.

Afghan Retriever Breed Appearance

The Afghan Retriever looks more like a small-boned Golden Retriever than an Afghan Hound. The long snout and furry ears do resemble the Afghan Hound though, just like the long legs and thin but well-muscled body. The Afghan Hound has small brown eyes and an intelligent expression. They can be as tall as 27 inches and weigh up to 65 pounds with a powerful build, large paw pads, and a long neck. The Golden Retriever is built solid and stocky with a large blocky head, square muzzle, and medium sized brown eyes. The Afghan Retriever is expected to be similar in appearance to both breeds but may favor one or the other. It is impossible to know exactly what a hybrid breed will look like due to the mixture of two different parent breeds.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Afghan Retriever eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Afghan Retriever nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Afghan Retriever coat
cream Afghan Retriever coat
red Afghan Retriever coat
brown Afghan Retriever coat
black Afghan Retriever coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Afghan Retriever straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Afghan Retriever Breed Maintenance

The Afghan Hound is hypoallergenic but the Golden Retriever is a mild seasonal shedder so you should expect some level of shedding during the warmer months of the year. It is best to brush your Afghan Retriever at least every other day to promote good skin care and prevent mats. You should also clean their ears and eyes at this time and check for any redness or swelling. Many owners of both the Golden Retriever and the Afghan Hound take their dogs to be professionally groomed every few months, which is a fine idea if you live in a warm climate. Otherwise, you can bathe your dog with a mild shampoo when needed and trim the nails regularly as well.
Brushes for Afghan Retriever
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Afghan Retriever requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Afghan Retriever Temperament

The Golden Retriever is one of the most family-friendly dogs there is and this is what makes this breed so popular. They can get along with just about any animal and can be trusted with children of any age ​due to their lineage of being caretakers or guide dogs. The Afghan Hound can be a bit stubborn and may not be as easy to train as most breeds. However, if you stick to the training and provide positive discipline you should be able to train your Afghan Retriever to do whatever you want because they are very smart. After all, the Golden Retriever part of their lineage provides an eagerness to please and ability to follow the rules.

Afghan Retriever Activity Requirements

The Golden Retriever is the epitome of what a family companion should be, but the Afghan Hound, while being mellow most of the time, can be stubborn. Therefore, a dog that is a mix of the two can very easily inherit either the Golden Retriever’s easygoing nature or the Afghan Hound’s deceptive mellowness. Either way, he will still require daily activities to keep him mentally and physically sharp. Be prepared to spend at least an hour a day playing with your dog or taking him to the dog park or training for dog sports such as agility, rally, obedience or even fly ball. 

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

Afghan Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Afghan Retriever Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Afghan Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Afghan Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 28 lbs
12 Months
Male Afghan Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Afghan Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 50 lbs
18 Months
Male Afghan Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Afghan Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 60 lbs

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