The Afador is a crossbreed of the Afghan Hound and the Labrador Retriever. Initially bred in Alaska, as a sporting dog in the 2000s, there’s a lot to love about this hybrid. For instance, this dog breed is courageous, dignified, and patient. If you want to learn more about Afador puppies, then keep reading.
Where to get Afador Puppies
First, you’ll want to check with your local animal shelter or rescue. These places have many dogs that are looking for good homes that were surrendered or abandoned by their previous owners. Dogsarealsohumans…
However, your best bet will be to go through a reputable breeder. When doing research to find an ethical breeder, remember that the good ones will do the following:
- Health screen and genetically test the parents before breeding to ensure it’s safe and healthy (then get the puppies tested)
- Have health documents and family tree history available for you to bring home upon adoption
- Socialize and train the puppies as early as possible
- Ensure the puppies are up to date with all of their vaccinations
- Want to meet with you in person and be able to answer all of your questions about the process, the breed, the breeder’s work, and more
In addition, the breeder will have the puppies and the parents living with them in their own homes without the use of kennels.
If you find a breeder that does not do the above, then you might have come across a backyard breeder or puppy mill. These breeders should be avoided since they don’t breed the dogs under healthy or safe conditions. Also, they’re more interested in making a profit rather than finding the puppies good homes.
The average cost of an Afador puppy is between $600 and $1,200. The price may differ depending on a few factors. For example, the number of puppies in the litter, their coat colors, age, gender, and the breeder’s location are a few factors that may change the price.
Afador puppies grow to be medium to large-sized dogs where males are slightly bigger than females. For example, males can grow to be about 27 to 29 inches tall and weigh between 55 to 70 pounds. On the other hand, females can grow to be about 24 to 27 inches tall and weigh between 50 to 65 pounds.
In addition, Afadors are slender with a long, fine coat. Their coat can come in a few different colors and markings, such as:
Afadors make a great family companion dog. For example, they’re loyal and affectionate with their family members. In addition, they’re good around young children, other dogs, and strangers. However, they might be wary of meeting new people at first. Also, they’ll do better around older children than young children
So, you’ll want to provide this doggo with early socialization and training. Unfortunately, this hybrid is stubborn and independent. Training might be tricky. You can hire a professional dog trainer to help you out. In addition, they have a high prey drive. If you have small animals in your homes, such as cats or guinea pigs, then you’ll need to show your Afador dog that these small animals are not prey.
Luckily, the Afador has moderate energy levels. They need about 45 minutes of physical activity per day. However, due to their size, they’ll prefer to live in a bigger house with a fenced-in yard rather than an apartment.
Afador Puppies – Veterinary Needs
With proper care, Afador puppies have an average lifespan of about ten to 14 years. You’ll want to bring them to the vet at least once a year for their annual checkup. However, during their first year, you’ll need to bring them more frequently. Going to the vet often will help you keep them up to date with their vaccinations. Also, you’ll be able to keep track of their growth and development.
Afadors are prone to some health issues, too. So, you’ll want to be wary of the following:
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Retinal Dysplasia
- Hip Dysplasia
- Subaortic Stenosis
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV or Bloat)
- Fanconi Syndrome
With your vet’s approval, you can provide any dog food for your Afador. For example, you can provide them with high-quality kibble or canned wet food from a commercial dog food brand. Alternatively, you can give them homemade dog food.
Afadors are not hypoallergenic, thanks to the Labrador Retriever parent. You’ll need to bring this doggo to a professional grooming salon once in a while to keep them looking their best.
In addition, you can brush their coat at least once a week to keep it clean and to keep mats and tangles away. Also, it’ll control the shedding. Finally, be sure to brush their teeth, trim their nails, and clean their ears regularly.