When envisioning well-groomed and elegant dogs, there’s probably an abundance of breeds that come to your mind. One stunning crossbreed that might not spring to the forefront of your attention like other dogs do is the Pooghan. This exquisite designer dog breed is a cross between the Poodle and the Afghan Hound. You might have also heard them under their other names of Affydoodles and Affypoos.
This hybrid inherits the best qualities from each parent, making them a gentle and sweet dog to own. They also are the perfect breed for first-time dog owners and families with kids.
But to know why they’re such an excellent addition to your home, you must keep on reading. Today, I’m going to fill you in on all the most important details about the Pooghan.
What Will You Learn? 👇
Little-Known Facts About the Pooghan 📌
If you’re a new pet owner or want to bring home another loveable dog to your family, then you might be interested in knowing the following:
- They’re a breed that’s highly unique, not like some hybrids. The Pooghan is full of sass; they inherit their graceful swag from the Afghan Hound and intelligence from a Poodle. These two qualities alone make them a dog that screams elegance.
- They were initially first bred in the 1980s to form a hypoallergenic and gentle dog.
What’s the Pooghan price? 💲
It can be a bit difficult to determine the cost of this hybrid as several factors can influence it. First of all, you must consider your location, breeders’ reputation, health conditions, and if their parents are pedigrees. On average, their Standard Poodle parent can cost around $1500-$4000, and an Afghan hound can cost $600-$1000, if not more if they’re a show dog.
So imagining the offspring of a two can also be quite expensive. Some breeders in the USA sell a Pooghan for around $1900 upwards. If you’re planning on buying this dog, you might want to look up a reputable Pooghan breeder in your area. It’s more than likely they will have extensive knowledge about this dog and will provide you with useful information when getting them. On the other hand, it might be difficult and take some time to find them at a shelter or rescue as they’re a unique hybrid.
Are they hypoallergenic? 🤧
To know fully if the Pooghan is hypoallergenic, you should look at their parents. While no dog breed can be completely hypoallergenic, its parents are pretty close to it. Typically its Afghan Hound parent has a thick and silky-textured coat. Its iconic coat trails down to their legs and requires frequent grooming. Even though it needs regular grooming, it actually sheds so infrequently.
The same also applies to the Poodle. Regardless of the type of Poodle, they shed very rarely. Its Poodle parent is known for its single, tight curly, dense coat.
The Pooghan is often a match made in heaven for allergy sufferers.
Temperament & Intelligence ✨
While the Afghan Hound Poodle mix is a large dog, they’re not intimidating. They’re completely the opposite. They have an incredibly loyal nature and thrive off companionship, meaning they will love to cuddle into you all the time. They’re also very gentle and love to participate in many activities.
Are Pooghans Good for Families? 👪
If you’re looking for a new addition to your family, then the Afghan Hound is perfect! This is a dog breed that is highly playful and great with kids. They love to be social and are perfect companions for both the older and younger generation. Moreover, they have an alert protective side that’s not ferocious, making them an ideal guard dog that’s not aggressive.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐈
Their generous and gentle nature also extends to other dogs and animals in your home. If you already have household pets, then it’s more than likely the Pooghan will get along well. You just need to ensure they’re socialized and trained early.
Pooghan Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
When looking after a Pooghan, their diet is essential to their health. The reason for this is both parent breeds can easily develop joint issues, and therefore, you must pay close attention to the Pooghan’s diet. If you don’t regulate what goes into their meals and how much they’re fed, they can easily become obese.
You must give them high-quality kibble that is well suited to their age, activity levels, and size. You should never free-feed this breed as they can easily become bloated from overeating. Therefore it’s best to feed them 2-3 small meals throughout the day. When exercising, you should do it one hour before or after each feeding time.
Full-grown sizes 📏
Generally, Pooghans can differ based on the Poodle parent they’re mixed with. Therefore when looking for a Pooghan, you have the option of getting a Mini or Standard. Generally full, grown mini Pooghans weigh between 30-45lbs/14-21kg, and Standards weigh around 50-65lbs/23-30kg. Standard can also grow up to 22-28inches/55-72cm in height.
Pooghan Life expectancy 📈
On average, a Pooghan lives quite a healthy life living up to 10-15 years.
Exercise & Training 🏃
This is an active breed that needs daily long walks and running too. The reason for this is because of their Afghan Hound parent. This purebred dog is renowned for its agility and requires vigorous exercise and playtime to stretch its legs. Typically they love to play ball and frisbees.
Plus, this dog breed loves to chase and will quickly run off after anything that comes in their way; therefore, playtime might be best for a fenced environment. In addition to this, the Pooghan also inherits the intelligent nature from a Poodle parent and therefore requires constant mental stimulation. Alongside their daily exercise, you should plan to provide them with brain games to keep them mentally satisfied each day, so they don’t engage in boredom behavior.
Even though the Pooghan inherits the intelligent nature from a Poodle, their executable energy from the Aghan Hound can make it difficult to train. Training is possible, though; they just require a lot more patience and persistence to do so. The best way to do this is when they’re young to easily adapt to a family environment and respond well to other animals.
If you feel you aren’t getting the desired results from this dog, you may wish to consider a professional trainer. Most of the time, though, training them through positive reinforcement by providing them treats can help them feel motivated to do learn.
Pooghan Grooming ✂️
Although this is a little to low shedding breed, this dog requires regular grooming and upkeep. On average, you should aim to brush their coat around 3-4 times a week to remove any tangles and look glossy. Moreover, you should seek to take them to a groomer every 8 weeks to ensure their coats have that extra bit of maintenance.
If you opt for a shortcut, you won’t need to brush them a lot in between grooming sessions. On the contrary, if you decide to keep their coat long, you will want to brush their coat a few times a week to stop it from matting.
Health and Conditions 🩺
As the Pooghan is a designer breed, it’s likely any health conditions they get will inherit from either purebred parents. If they are to get anything, it’s most likely joint problems, vision problems, or bloat.
Overall, the Afghan Hound Poodle mix is a lovely dog to own if you have lots of children and seniors in your home. They’re a gentle breed that loves to be involved in all sorts of activities and exercise. Plus, they’re also great dogs to own if you suffer from a lot of allergies, as they’re close to being hypoallergenic.
This breed sheds minimally and is relatively low maintenance in terms of grooming. Ultimately, the Pooghan is a dog full of sass and cool qualities, making them a Doodle hybrid that certainly stands out.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he blends profound expertise with formal training in Animal Behavior and Canine Genetics. With multiple generations of poodles under his care, he’s a breed connoisseur, honored with the Canine Care Excellence Award and lauded by the International Pet Enthusiasts Association.