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Afghan Shepherd

Origin Afghanistan
GroupPastoral Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Afghan Shepherd have? The breed also known as...
Kuchi Dog, Sage Kuchi, Sage Jangi, De Kochyano Spai, Jangi Spai
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Afghan Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Afghan Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Afghan Shepherd gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

What is the Afghan Shepherd's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Afghan Shepherd weigh?
Male: 88-176 lbs (40-80 kg), Female: 84-120 lbs (38-54 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 132 lbs (60 kg), Female: 102 lbs (46 kg)
How tall is the Afghan Shepherd?
Male: 28-35 inches (71-89 cm), Female: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 31,5 inches (80 cm), Female: 29,5 inches (75 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Afghan Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Afghan Shepherd's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
Any color, dark spots
How to groom the Afghan Shepherd and how often?
Easy to groom: The Afghan Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Afghan Shepherd is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Afghan Shepherds shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Afghan Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Afghan Shepherd have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Afghan Shepherd?
Low: The Afghan Shepherd if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Are Afghan Shepherds easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Afghan Shepherds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Afghan Shepherd is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Afghan Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Afghan Shepherds are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Afghan Shepherds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Afghan Shepherds bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Afghan Shepherd barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Afghan Shepherds good watchdogs?
Afghan Shepherds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Afghan Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Afghan Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Afghan Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Afghan Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Afghan Shepherd do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Afghan Shepherds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Afghan Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Afghan Shepherd to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Afghan Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Afghan Shepherds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Afghan Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Afghan Shepherds good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Afghan Shepherds are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Afghan Shepherds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Afghan Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Afghan Shepherds kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Afghan Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Afghan Shepherds get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Afghan Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Afghan Shepherds get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Afghan Shepherds are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Afghan Shepherds have health problems?
Afghan Shepherds are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Afghan Shepherds live? What is this dog average life span?
12-13 years
Is the Afghan Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
Afghan Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Afghan Shepherd have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Afghan Shepherds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Afghan Shepherds require per day?
Afghan Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Afghan Shepherds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Afghan Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Afghan Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Afghan Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Afghan Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Afghan Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Afghan Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Afghan Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Afghan Shepherd have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Afghan Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies


  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Afghan Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Territorial: Afghan Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.


  • Hypoallergenic: Afghan Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Drooling tendency: The Afghan Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Afghan Shepherd if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Watchdog Ability: Afghan Shepherds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Apartment Friendly: Afghan Shepherds are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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