Afghan Spaniel

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30-45 lbs
United States
Afghan Hound
American Cocker Spaniel
The Afghan Spaniel is an interesting blend of two dogs who like to hunt as much as they like to play. The Afghan Hound has always been known for their elegance and speed and the Cocker Spaniel is known for being eager to please and fun. The Cocker Spaniel has two types, the English and American, which are similar in size, energy, appearance, and temperament. These two were considered to be the same breed until 1936 when the English Cocker Spaniel Club was formed in America. The Americans modified the Cocker Spaniel in ways the English Cocker Spaniel Club did not agree with, so they separated.
Date of Origin
Afghan Hound, Cocker Spaniel

Afghan Spaniel Health

Average Size
Male Afghan Spaniel size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 30-45 lbs
Female Afghan Spaniel size stats
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 30-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Allergy Tests
  • Blood Analysis
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • Abdominal Ultrasound

Afghan Spaniel Breed History

There is little known about the Afghan Spaniel because it is so new but the histories of the parent breeds can give insight into its characteristics. The Afghan Hound is a sighthound and one of the oldest breeds in history, dating back to Ancient Egypt where drawings of these beautiful dogs were found. It is thought that the Afghan Hound was used in hunting to flush and catch gazelle and rabbits. They were finally noticed in the early 1800s when they were brought down from the mountains of Afghanistan where they had lived isolated for centuries. At first, the Afghan Hound was known as a Barukhzy Hound or Persian Greyhound but was later renamed for the area in which they originated. They were first noticed in the United States in 1926, when it was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and it became popular but mostly with the wealthy. The Cocker Spaniel comes from a large family called the Spaniels that have seven varieties, which are the Welsh Springer Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, Field Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, and Clumber Spaniel. They were divided depending on whether they were water or land Spaniels, with several types of each. This breed dates all the way back to the 1300s when a description was written by Gaston Phebus. The Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular dogs in the United States and has been a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) since 1878. The name Cocker comes from their special ability to hunt woodcock.

Afghan Spaniel Breed Appearance

The Afghan Spaniel is a medium sized dog that has a well-proportioned body with sturdy legs, a large head and muzzle, long neck, and furry hanging ears. They have a long, thin outer coat with a thick undercoat that protects them from the cold. The Afghan Spaniel comes in many color combinations depending on the parents’ coloring. Some of the most commonly seen colors include cream, white, golden, black, light brown, brown, and combinations of these. With their inquisitive expression and dark oval eyes, they look like they know what you are talking about. The Afghan Spaniel tends to look like a smaller boned Cocker Spaniel or a short Afghan Hound, depending on which traits are stronger.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Afghan Spaniel eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Afghan Spaniel nose
brown Afghan Spaniel nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Afghan Spaniel coat
cream Afghan Spaniel coat
silver Afghan Spaniel coat
red Afghan Spaniel coat
brown Afghan Spaniel coat
gray Afghan Spaniel coat
black Afghan Spaniel coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Afghan Spaniel straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Afghan Spaniel Breed Maintenance

Both the Afghan Hound and Cocker Spaniel have long, fine hair that needs a lot of attention. Therefore, you should be prepared to brush your Afghan Spaniel at least three times a week to keep the coat from getting matted and the skin healthy. Another alternative is to get your dog trimmed and groomed every few months. You can bathe your dog when needed with a gentle shampoo and conditioner specially made for dogs with fine hair.
Brushes for Afghan Spaniel
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Afghan Spaniel requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Afghan Spaniel Temperament

Due to the limited amount of information on this breed, the temperament of their parent breeds is the best way to determine how they will turn out. The Cocker Spaniel is a loyal and lovable family pet that likes cuddling as much as she likes hunting. They do well with children and pets and is really too friendly to be a guard dog. The Afghan Hound is an independent breed that can be wary of strangers so they make good guard dogs. They can become destructive if they do not get enough of your time to keep them from being bored so think twice about this breed if you are away from home often. However, they are happy if they are able to chase the neighborhood squirrels in a fenced yard all day.

Afghan Spaniel Activity Requirements

Having a dog that is part Afghan Hound and part Cocker Spaniel may seem like the best of both worlds, however, both breeds can have a stubborn streak that makes training sometimes difficult and they both can easily become shy around strangers. Socialization and training should be a part of your dog’s daily activity plan. Taking him on long walks through the neighborhood or nearby parks is a great way for him to exercise and meet new people along the way. Be ready to spend at least 45 minutes a day with him playing games or going for walks to keep him active and happy.

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

Afghan Spaniel Food Consumption

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

Afghan Spaniel Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Afghan Spaniel size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Afghan Spaniel size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Afghan Spaniel size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Afghan Spaniel size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs
18 Months
Male Afghan Spaniel size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Afghan Spaniel size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 37 lbs

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