Afaird (Afghan Hound & Briard Mix)

Buying a dog is never an easy time, and it is a large commitment for a person to make regardless of their time of life.

A dog is a new addition to your everyday life, and it requires time out of your everyday schedule. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it.

A dog provides comfort, loyalty, love, and friendship. If you have the time to provide the same things back in return, you are going to form a bond you will never want to break.

The Afaird is a unique hybrid dog, that is a combination between an Afghan Hound and Briard.

The Afghan Hound is said to have origins dating back to the pre-Christian era in its home country Afghanistan. It was a dog used for hunting and a guard on farms.

The Briard is a French herding dog that would also serve as a great guard against wolves.

The Afaird is similar in its own right to its parent breeds, but also has very many unique traits of its own!

It’s an elegant, unique looking dog that often grows too large sizes, and is friendly, intelligent and protective.

In this guide, I will detail the necessary information on purchasing an Afaird, and have it assimilate into your life.

I will provide information on adoption, prices, life expectancies, breeders and more, so you can be ready to delve into the market with the right tools to help you pick the right dog.

If you’re looking for a big, intelligent and protective dog, continue to find out more regarding the Afaird.

Afaird – Before You Buy…

Afaird at the beach
Afairds need a modest amount of exercise.

There are several factors you have to take place when buying a dog, especially a large breed like an Afaird.

Do you have enough space in your house? Do you have the time to socialize it?

Will someone be home throughout the day when I’m at work? These are all questions you have to ask yourself.

It may seem stressful on the surface, but it’ll make the workload and pressure of buying a dog seem nowhere near as hard.

A happy owner, who is happy with their decisions, will result in a happy dog.

There are a few things to take into account where purchasing a Puppy.

This includes:

  • Gender: You will need to decide if you want a boy or girl.
  • Colour: We all have a favorite color, and we all want our dog to resemble a shade that we like. Be sure to contemplate.
  • Spaying/Neutering: This one is important. If you don’t have the necessary space or time to support/sell puppies in the future, you may want to consider this.

You will also consider the space in your household, as mentioned before, and whether or not you have a big enough backyard to support this dog.

You will need to alter your schedule for viable exercise and attention, or if you’re a family, make sure someone is at home to do this.

Yes, again, it seems stressful, but in the end, the Afaird will increase your mood, and this will all be worth it.

How Much Does an Afaird Puppy Cost?

Budgets are a vital thing when it comes to buying a dog. Most of the time, they are not cheap, especially in the larger breeds.

An Afaird puppy is most likely going to cost you around $900-$1000 dollars, which is around the average of most large breeds, and around the same as its parent breeds.

If this cost is too hefty for you, consider looking at smaller breeds as alternatives.

How Do I Find a Reputable Breeder?

Finding a reputable breeder can be a bit of a process.

We never really know how anyone is as a breeder behind the scenes, but there are a few things we can consider when visiting one to help us determine.

A good thing to do is ask around your neighborhood and speak to any dog owners you know for any recommendations or word of mouth.

When visiting a breeder, they should:

-Have experience and knowledge in the parent breeds. If you are purchasing an Afaird from a breeder that has no knowledge and experience with Afghan Hounds or Briards, it is most likely the dog they are selling you is not effective, and a money grab.

-Provide a safe, and spacious environment. The Afaird is a large dog, and therefore, needs a large environment to stretch, play and exercise.

If the dog seems cooped up and uncomfortable, it is likely that the dog will not grow properly and experience health problems.

-Provides socialization. The Afaird needs to be socialized from an early age, or it can be destructive and anxious.

-Helpful. A good breeder will assist you with any equipment and info on grooming, dietary needs, and physical requirements.

3 Little Known Facts About the Afaird

  1. Don’t let the large size scare you; the Afaird is affectionate.
  2. While it may look royal, and is a designer breed, it is an effective watchdog.
  3. It is an avid barker.

The Physical Traits of an Afaird

Tired Afaird
An Afaird relaxing on the floor.

Due to the Afaird being a mixed breed, it can inherit the traits of both its parent breeds.

Its looks will determine whether or not it inherits the superior genes of the Afghan Hound or the Briard.

It usually has long, sturdy legs that mount it high and hold its weight, with a dense coat that will range in shades of black, brown and grey.

It has a vast muzzle with brown eyes and a black nose, as well as floppy ears that droop down its head.

It has a medium-length fur that is often a soft texture and will need a few brushes every week.

How Big is a Full-Grown Afaird?

A full-grown Afaird is around the average size of most large breed dogs.

It can stand anywhere up to 27 inches tall, which is bigger than the 25 inches of a Briard, and smaller than the 29 inches of an Afghan Hound.

It can weigh up to 65 pounds, with the male usually being bigger than the female. It is recommended that due to its size that you watch it carefully around smaller children and babies.

What is the Life Expectancy of an Afaird?

The life expectancy of an Afaird is around 10-12 years, which is a little lower than the average for most large dog breeds.

In comparison, the Afghan Hound is expected to live 12-14 years, and the Briard’s lifespan is similar to that of the Afaird.

It is important to note that life expectancy varies throughout each dog, and can increase and decrease depending on health.

Make sure to keep a close eye on any symptoms of health concerns at all times.

The Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Afaird

Afaird outside
Afairds are very intelligent.

The Afaird are known to be intelligent and obedient, with a protective nature that makes them great guard dogs.

They are also gentle and affectionate with kids, which makes them a great family dog.

Around strangers, they will tend to be a little weary, and bark. It is important to implicate a strict training regime, which consists of mental exercises and obedience, along with a few snacks chucked in for some celebratory success breaks.

This will help the dog becomes less destructive and a little more comfortable.

The Afaird is not recommended for first-time dog owners; however, if you have the dedication and patience in training, you will most likely be fine.

The Dietary Requirements of the Afaird

The Afaird will eat 3 cups of dry, premium dog food daily, totaling in costs anywhere between $80-$100.

This is around the average for most large breed dogs of its size. It is a fussy eater when it comes to dry dog food, and will need specific brands to consume the needed nutrients.

It’s also recommended that you try to chuck in some alternative meals like chicken, beef, lamb, and pork for some variation.

How Much Physical Activity Does the Afaird Need?

Coming from an ancestral background of herding and hunting, the Afaird needs frequent, daily exercise to use its high amounts of energy.

It is estimated that need 60 minutes of exercise a day, with roughly 10-12 miles of walking per week.

Recommended activities include running, walking and a nice game of frisbee in the dog park, where the Afaird can also socialize with other dogs.

Due to its size, it isn’t suitable to keep an apartment and should have a substantially large background to run around in.

The Health Conditions and the Concerns of the Afaird

The Afaird does inherit a moderate amount of health concerns. Not as much as a dog like the Saint Bernard, but around the average of most large breed dogs.

You should schedule regular check-ups at the vet for check-ups on the eyes and hips, as well as various other examinations.

Health concerns include:

  • Bloat
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma

ConclusionAfaird guide

Overall, the Afaird is a cute, cuddly and big intelligent dog who loves to exercise, protect and show off its intelligence.

If you can maintain the patience and dedication to training that is needed, this dog may be perfect for you.

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