The Afaird is a cross between the Afghan Hound and the Briard. They originated in Asia; however, it is not known whether the breed developed through natural crossing or by human intervention. This medium to large dog has their entire body covered with soft, velvety hair. They have a muscular body with a broad chest, a large rectangular head, hanging ears, almond eyes, and a broad muzzle with a black, glossy nose tip. Their legs are sturdy while the tail is long and hairy, coiled upwards.
|Other Names||Afghan Hound Briard Mix, Briard Afghan Hound Mix|
|Coat||Long, dense, silky, thick|
|Colors||Black, light brown, beige|
|Type||Guard Dog, Herding Dog, Companion Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan||10 to 12 years (maximum 14)|
|Weight||55-70 pounds (full grown male/female)|
Male: 22-27 inches;
Female: 22-24 inches
|Personality Traits||Brave, loyal, playful, whimsical, obstinate, active, affectionate|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes (including dogs, if socialized)|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||No|
|Preferred Climate||Comfortable with any weather conditions|
|Place of Origin||Asia|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, DBR|
Temperament and Behavior
Like both its parent breeds, the Afaird dog is extremely loyal and devoted to its family. Though they are affectionate, sweet, and sensitive-natured, they might act silly and playful at times.
They can do well as both an indoor and outdoor dog, but those that tend to be more towards the Afghan Hound parent might grow too large to fit comfortably in an apartment.
Some individuals might be aloof but stubborn as well as protective, which makes them a good watchdog. They get along well with kids and other pets, especially if socialized from a tender age.
A firm and consistent training are important for this breed since, like its parents, your pup might end up being obstinate and strong-willed if it does not grow up under proper authority. It is also important to keep it busy since its Briard parent is a herding breed, and your Afaird might tend towards creating trouble at times.
Bring toys and puzzles that need some brainwork. You can also engage them with interactive games like fetching, Frisbee, etc., where you or the family kids may participate. This would also keep them mentally fit and happy, thus staying away from mischievous activities. You might even socialize the puppy taking them outdoor every day. Let them experience how other dogs interact with their owners in places like the dog park or at a friend’s home.
For a large dog like Afaird, divide 2½ to 3 cups of kibbles into equal halves for its brunch and dinner.