The Afador is a medium-sized cross between the sweet-natured Labrador Retriever and the elegant Afghan Hound. It is a powerfully built, athletic dog characterized by a clean-cut, refined head, evenly balanced skull, long ears, good length, strong neck, moderately broad chest, muscular forelegs, well-developed hindquarters, and a medium-sized tail.
|Other Names||Afghan Lab|
|Coat||Long, fine, smooth|
|Color||Black, cream, yellow, chocolate, and parti colored with white|
|Lifespan||About 10-12 years|
|Height||About 20-25 inches|
|Temperament||Courageous, intelligent, alert, affectionate, loyal|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DBR, DRA|
The Afador is profoundly loving, gentle, and loyal to its family, often amusing people with its mischievous behavior. It may possess the independent nature of its Afghan Hound parent and decide for itself when it wants affection.
Being wary and protective around strangers, the Afador may bark loudly when an unknown person enters the room, which makes it a moderately good watchdog. It has a good rapport with older, considerate children and other pets that have been socialized.
When training your Afador, make sure you give the commands in a low tone, firm voice. Ask it to lie down, sit, or obey any other command before giving it things such as a toy, a meal, or a walk. Choose a distraction-free place like the living room or kitchen so that your pet can stay focused during the training sessions.
Start socializing your Afador early during its puppyhood. To help it cope with guests to your home, set up a situation in which some visitors come to your house. Keep your dog on the leash and then command it to sit or stay. Extend your hand and greet the guests with a handshake. It will send a signal to your dog that the strangers are OK. Ask the visitors to assume a sideways stance rather than approaching your dog head-on. Tell them not to make direct eye contact, as it helps in calming a dog.
The Afador, being a medium-sized active dog, needs about two cups of quality dry food. Make sure its diet consists of the right mix of protein, vitamins, and minerals.