The Afghan Collie is a hybrid dog breed developed by crossing an Afghan Hound with a Border Collie. The Afghan Collie gets the best of both worlds from its parent breeds; hunting and herding. The breed is great for tracking, retrieving and detecting, and also makes for a great obedience and agility dog.
Afghan Collie History
The Afghan Collie is a modern breed, originating around 2000, and there is not much known about its history, other than what the parents are, and a bit about their history. For the Afghan Collie, that history goes way back, probably more so than any hybrid breed.
The Afghan Hound is thought to be the oldest purebred breed, and is rumored to have been on Noah’s Ark. The breed predates written history by thousands of years, so the earliest history of it remains mostly unknown. They are considered sight hounds, and were used as hunting companions, as well as for status symbols among aristocrats, royals, and chieftains in Asia.
Border Collies are known for being the best herding dogs around, so their history tends to fade to the back. This breed can trace its roots to the Roman Empire and Viking raiders. After both empires raided Britain, each bringing their own herding dogs, the Border Collie was developed in the rocky highlands of Scotland and Wales.
Afghan Collie Characteristics
Afghan Collies are considered a mid to large sized dog, as the Afghan Hound is a large dog and the Border Collie is classified as a medium sized dog. The male Afghan Collie can grow to be 26 inches and weigh up to 55 pounds, while the female can grow up to 25 inches and also weigh up to 55 pounds
With brown eyes and a black nose, the color variations come in the form of their long, shiny fur. They have a thick coat with an undercoat that may come in white, gray, blue, reddish-brown, and black. Their coat is long, dense, and straight.
Afghan Collie Temperament/Personality
As with all dogs, it’s important to social the Afghan Collie with other animals at an early age so that they get along with other pets. They are easily trainable in with any type of training, as both parents are highly intelligent breeds.
Afghan Collies make great pets and guard dogs, they are loyal and dependable and want to please their owners. They get along with children, but at times need to be watched as they will inherently try to herd younger children.
Caring for Afghan Collies
The Afghan Collie has a beautiful, long coat so it’s not a surprise that there will be some upkeep required when owning one.
Afghan Collie Nutrition
On average, Afghan Collies should eat about 2 ½ cups of premium kibble a day. The breed, just like its parent breeds, are highly active so ensuring your dog is getting enough, of the right type, of nutrition is important so that they don’t become underweight.
Choosing foods that have healthy fats will also help maintain your Afghan Collie’s beautiful coat, in addition to giving them the added nutrition they need.
Afghan Collie Grooming
The Afghan Collie’s coat should be brushed every other day as they are most likely going to be a moderate shedder, just like their Border Collie parent. While mats should be untangled by hand, brushing should be done with a stiff bristled brush and a metal comb.
When bathing your Afghan Collie, it is best to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner for them. Talk to your veterinarian about the best options. If you live in a hot climate, professional grooming is recommended due to their thick, wooly undercoat.
Afghan Collie Activity Levels
The parent breeds of the Afghan Collie are on the opposite sides of the hyper range. Border Collies are very hyper and active, they need a job to do or they will go crazy. The Afghan Hound on the other end is much more laid back, but also requires exercise.
The Afghan Collie will hopefully have the balance of the two, but either way, they do need a lot of activity and exercise. It is recommended that they get at least 60 minutes a day of solid activity so that they can unwind at the end of the day. Going for long walks or running around a yard or dog park are great ways for them to get the exercise they need.
Afghan Collie Maintenance
In addition to grooming and brushing your Afghan Collie, you’ll need to check their ears on a weekly basis to ensure there is no dirt or wax piling up in them. They will also need to have their teeth brushed often, and their nails trimmed regularly.
Afghan Collie Health
All breeds, purebreds and crossbreeds alike, have a mix of common health issues associated with them. Some major concerns with Afghan Collies are deafness, canine hip dysplasia, nasal solar dermatitis, Collie eye anomaly, and ulcerative dermatosis.
Some minor health concerns are elbow dysplasia, cataracts, retinal dysplasia, and bloat. Occasionally they have been known to have progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, and glaucoma.