The Afghan Hound American Bulldog Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Afghan Hound and the American Bulldog. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Afghan Hound is known for being aloof, clownish, and dignified. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Afghan Hound or the American Bulldog? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Afghan Hound American Bulldog Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Afghan Hound American Bulldog Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Afghan Hound American Bulldog Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Afghan Hound History
The Afghan Hound is known as a basal breed. What is a basal breed? There are six breeds classified as these and they simply mean that they have split from the family tree. The original breed name was Tazi. They all predate the emergence of the modern breeds in the 19th century. The afghan hound is most closely related to the Saluki. The modern dog of today comes from dogs brought to Great Britain in the 1920s, these original dogs were given as gifts from King Amanullah of the Afghan Royal Family Like a lot of modern breeds, many were used as hunting dogs,some as companions and many as a combination. There are approximately 13 different varieties that can be dated back to Afghanistan. Obviously once the breed left and they started moving into other parts of the world it started to change a bit.
The Afghan Hound’s voluminous, flowing coat was needed for warmth in the cold Afghan Mountains. They remind you somewhat of a greyhound as they are highly valued for it’s ability to run. They can run very fast and for a very long time. They are very courageous, holding animals such as leopard at bay until their human can catch up. They are also valued for their independent thought. They are known for being mischievous and a little bit challenging to train.
You might notice this beautiful dog alongside Barbie as her companion as this is where it made its way into the American mainstream.
American Bulldog History
The American Bulldog hails from the now extinct Old English Bulldog. They are strong, stocky, well built, and usually defined with a large head and a muscular build. The original intent of the bulldog was that they were bred to help butchers control livestock. It is a very old breed and by the 15th century, in addition to catching and herding horses, cattle, and boars in legitimate farming use. The very cruel and barbaric “sport” of bull-baiting was created. The intent of this was where dogs would latch onto a tethered bull’s nose and not let go until the dog had pulled the bull to the ground or the bull had killed the dog. If you can believe it, this lasted for a few centuries until this activity was banned in 1835. Being that this is such a violent activity, they were bred for aggression. After this ban, the more aggressive tendencies were not necessary and one might wonder why they would even stay a breed. Like a lot of dog breeds, they later became very good companion and protection dogs alongside their working routes. Like the Alaskan Malamute, the Akita, and other dog breeds they nearly became extinct after World War 2. Well, they are very faithful and loyal companions and are the official mascot for nearly 50 schools and five times as many secondary schools. They are also the unofficial mascot for the U.S. Marine Corps. They probably aren’t going anywhere.
Height: 24 - 29 inches
Weight: 44 -60 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - years
Height: 12 - 16 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 40-55 lb.
Lifespan: 8-10 years
The Afghan Hound and the American Bulldog are both loyal and affectionate. They are also very charming, so watch out! This dog will require a good training regimen as they can get excited. They are very loyal to their family. One of the best things you can do for any breed is to socialize it as much as possible. Please use positive reinforcement, it goes a long way! She should be rather affectionate and love being with you, she can also be stubborn so keep that in mind.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Afghan Hound mixed with the American Bulldog might be prone to joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."