The Afador is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Afghan Hound and Labrador Retriever dog breeds. Loyal, energetic, and affectionate, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.Afadors are also sometimes known as the Afghan Lab. You can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add an Afador to your home!Afadors make excellent family pets, although they do better with older children and seasoned dog owners who can give the breed the training and attention they require. Afadors also make for good guard dogs, and they’re alert to strangers. The mixed breed is very energetic and athletic, so access to a safe outdoor space is preferred.
- •Size -> medium court.
- •Characteristics -> affectionate, loyal, dignified, and courageous.
- •Group -> hounding and sporting group.
- •Life Expectancy -> 10 – 12 years.
As with all dogs, it’s important to keep up your Afador’s regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
Aim to provide the breed with around 45 minutes of exercise per day as a minimum. As an athletic mixed breed, the Afador will love to play fetch and folic in a safe off-leash environment. If you have a fenced-in yard, be warned that this is a dog that can easily leap over a six foot fence, so plan accordingly.
Beyond exercise, make sure to check your Afador’s ears at least once a week. This way, you’ll be able to clean them and make sure there’s no risk of wax building up. Ask your vet for advice if you’re unsure of how best to clean a dog’s ears. Clip their nails as needed. They should not be clicking against the floor. Your groomer can give you advice on how to do this.
An ideal Afador diet should be formulated for a medium breed with high energy.
Afadors need to stick to a healthy diet, as overeating can cause weight gain and associated health problems–especially if adequate exercise isn’t offered.
As with all dogs, the Afador’s dietary needs will change from puppy-hood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Afador’s diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs–including weight, energy, and health–to make a specific recommendation.
Coat Color And Grooming
The most common Afador colors include black, brown, Gray, red, and fawn.
The Afador’s coat is medium in length and is usually described as straight with a medium density. Shedding will definitely occur! Lots of grooming is required to keep the breed’s coat in good condition–consider twice weekly brushing to be the minimum. Also get ready to undertake regular shampooing sessions. Your vet can help you select an appropriate shampoo to use.
The Afador does much better in colder climates rather than warm ones. Even so, kit your Afador out with a suitable winter coat if temperatures really drop.
Children And Other Pets
If you have very young children, the Afador might not be the best match for your family. The breed does much better with older children–not least because Afadors can become quite boisterous during play times. Due to the breed’s intelligence and stubborn streak, you’ll want to make sure that both the dog and your children are properly trained to be around each other from day one.
Most Afadors will be okay living with other animals and pets–but you will need to very quickly let the breed know that cats and rabbits are not to be considered as prey.
Ultimately, early socialisation pays off–so make sure to reward your Afador for good behaviour and adhere to a proper training regime when you bring them home to your family.