Afghan Sheepdog

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45-55 lbs
20-24"
Afghanistan
Afghan Hound
Belgian Sheepdog
The Afghan Sheepdog is a cross between an Afghan Hound and a Belgian Sheepdog. Since both of these dogs are large, the Afghan Sheepdog is large as well, standing about 30 inches high and weighing about 45 pounds. They have long, thick straight hair that can be black and brown; brown and white; or light brown. The Belgian Sheepdog is a herding dog and the Afghan Hound is a sporting dog, both with high energy, so your Afghan Sheepdog is likely to be the same. They love the cold due to their heritage in the Afghanistan Mountains and need lots of space to run.
Purpose
Herding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Afghan Hound, Belgian Sheepdog

Afghan Sheepdog Health

Average Size
Male Afghan Sheepdog size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Female Afghan Sheepdog size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Pannus
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Demodicosis
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Abdominal Ultrasound

Afghan Sheepdog Breed History

Since the Afghan Sheepdog is a new breed, their history is not well known. What is known is that the Afghan Sheepdog was bred between an Afghan Hound and a Belgian Sheepdog in Afghanistan to try to get the best of both breeds in one dog. The history of the Afghan Hound dates back to the sighthounds of ancient Egypt who were used by Nomads to hunt gazelle and rabbits for food. However, they were not acknowledged by the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 1926. They are originally from the Afghanistan Mountains where they were protected from the cold by their thick coat and high energy. They spent many years living isolated in the mountains before being recognized as excellent sighthounds. The Afghan Hound was first known as the Persian Greyhound or Barukhzy Hound in the 1900s when they came to England. The Belgian Sheepdog was previously known as the Groenendael, which was used for guarding and herding. In fact, at first, they were known as the Continental Shepherd, later to be listed under many different names such as the Hollander Herder, German Shepherd, Briard, Beauceron, Malinois, Tervuren, and Laekenois. They are traced back to the 1800s but were not officially recognized by the AKC until 1912. The name Groenendael came later, after the kennel that bred these dogs since 1893. In WWI, Belgian Sheepdogs were used as draft dogs, messengers, and sentry after being successfully used as police dogs for many years.

Afghan Sheepdog Breed Appearance

The Afghan Hound is a tall, thin, and fast dog with a thick, long coat and curled tail resembling the Greyhound. The Belgian Sheepdog has long, black fur, a strong, sturdy body, and heavily muscled legs. They have large, thickly padded feet and an intelligent and alert expression. The Afghan Sheepdog is a large, longhaired dog with a long muzzle and long legs. Their body is well-muscled and strong but also very lithe and graceful. The long fur is usually straight and shiny but can be wavy in some dogs and comes in several colors such as brown and white; black and brown; and light brown or tan.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Afghan Sheepdog eyes
Brown
amber Afghan Sheepdog eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Afghan Sheepdog nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Afghan Sheepdog coat
Brown
red Afghan Sheepdog coat
Red
black Afghan Sheepdog coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Afghan Sheepdog straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Afghan Sheepdog Breed Maintenance

Although the Afghan Hound is hypoallergenic and does not shed much, the Belgian Sheepdog is a seasonal shedder, so the Afghan Sheepdog will probably shed a bit during the summer months. The Afghan Hound and the Belgian Sheepdog both require a lot of maintenance to keep their coat and skin healthy so brushing at least twice a week with a stiff bristle brush is recommended. Otherwise, they will shed more and get matted and tangled. They can be bathed as needed, but usually keep themselves well groomed. Professional trimming is recommended if you live in a warm climate. You should also check their ears for wax and debris, trim their nails, and brush their teeth regularly.
Brushes for Afghan Sheepdog
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Afghan Sheepdog requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Afghan Sheepdog Temperament

Although the Afghan Hound is charming and independent, it can also be silly and aloof. They are good with older children if they have grown up with them but still need supervision. Although they are friendly dogs, they can be stubborn and standoffish at times and have to have time to get to know people before becoming used to them. The Afghan Sheepdog does not like strangers and tends to bark or growl at what they consider a threat to themselves or their family. They are smart dogs that can easily learn what you teach them but only if they want to. Their stubborn side can make training difficult so you have to be firm and let them know who is boss right from the beginning. The Afghan Sheepdog has to be socialized as a puppy so they are able to get along with other animals. Otherwise they will be shy and may even become aggressive.

Afghan Sheepdog Activity Requirements

The Afghan Hound and Belgium Sheepdog can be stubborn and wary of strangers. It is a good idea to include socialization during their activity time including going on walks around the neighborhood, visiting the dog park or participating in a class or dog sport. Your dog does not necessarily need to be socialized with people and other dogs every single day, but you will want to include socialization at least two or three times a week. A large fenced in back yard is needed for him to run and play when he is home. Plan on spending at least 45 minutes a day with your dog exercising or playing fetch. 

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

Afghan Sheepdog Food Consumption

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

Afghan Sheepdog Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Afghan Sheepdog size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Afghan Sheepdog size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 23 lbs
12 Months
Male Afghan Sheepdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Afghan Sheepdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 43 lbs
18 Months
Male Afghan Sheepdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Afghan Sheepdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 50 lbs

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