The Afghan Mix Pups – How Hairy Are They Now?

It was an “oops” breeding in Colorado between an Afghan hound and an Ibizan Hound, and SHUG first took four pups and then another three from the litter of nine. They were active, ranged from cream to red, were impossibly cute and they came with an air of mystery – what would they eventually look like?

 

We had reason to believe these genes might never have mixed before and no one knew for sure how it would turn out!

 

So we’re checking in on Murphy, Alex, Bumper, April, June, and Fawn – and reminding you that little Vivian is still waiting for her forever home!

 

Murphy and Alex (in the blue collar).

Murphy and Alex (in the blue collar).

Alex and Murphy live near each other in Maryland and get together often for some brotherly romping. According to his family, Murphy is “a handsome little man who is no longer the rambunctious little dare devil that needs watching 24/7.” Really? Where’s the fun in that?

 

We’re told Murphy is trained to ring his bell when it’s time to do his business. According to his mom: “We are so happy to have him. It has been a lot -- and I mean a LOT of work -- but he is so worth it!”

 

Alex is also going great, according to his family. He plays with his two resident greyhound pals and loves to be chased around the house. He also has learned to ring a bell when he has to go out and is fully potty trained (this was relayed with clear pride and relief). He is very smart and a bit mischievous. We’re told he likes to steal clean clothes from the laundry. According to his mom: “He is a wonderful little boy and we are very fortunate to have him as a part of our family.”

 

Bumper, right, with his sister Penny.

Bumper, right, with his sister Penny.

The third boy of the litter lives in California, right next to the Pacific Ocean. He lives with his big sister, Penny, also an Afghan hound cross. According to his family, he is very smart and a fast learner – but also stubborn and tenacious. He’s growing like a weed (35 pounds now, up from 17 when he arrived) and has many fans in the neighborhood who stop by to say hi and give him treats.

 

Oh, and Bumper is growing a beard!

 

Lexi

Lexi and her big brother.

April – renamed Lexi -- was the first girl to get adopted. She went to a family in Maryland. We asked: How is she doing? Answer: “She's BAD! To the bone. I made lasagna yesterday morning before work and she got on the counter and ate it. Thank goodness she's cute!” (And she really is!)

 

June – now called Wynter--was the second girl to get a home. She rode in style from Virginia to her new home in Ohio, where she now lives happily with two kids, a greyhound, an elderly golden retriever mix and Frank-the-pug.

 

June aka Wynter

June aka Wynter

She is a busy girl, so busy counter and table surfing that we’re told it’s hard to get a good photo -- but we thought this was a pretty good one anyway.

 

Oh, and yes, she is named after the famous dolphin who lost her tail.

 

Finally, Fawn, now called Alma, and affectionately nicknamed Alma-geddon, (well that says a lot) is reportedly a “perfect addition” to her new home. She’s best friends with a 10-pound miniature Dachshund and running buddy to a greyhound. Alma is extremely intelligent (that seems to be a theme with this crew). She is also sweet and affectionate.

 

Alma aka Fawn

Alma aka Fawn

Says her mom, “We love our Alma. We couldn't imagine our house without her!”

 

Vivian

Vivian

That just leaves us with Vivian – the last little girl. Is she the smart, cute, rowdy, hairy, perfect addition to your family?

 

 

6 Responses

  1. They are all just beautiful and look so very Happy !!!! Now its Vivians turn!!!!!

  2. Julie

    Poor Vivian looks worried. She should be, she’ll find her perfect home in perfect time.

    Wynter is the most adorable gawky thing I’ve seen. It works for her..

    Let’s face it, the whole lot are a cute as can be and if they’re like every greyhound I’ve owned too mart for their own good. And it sounds like they are, too. Sight hounds… Thousands of years of breeding for quickness and smartness. They had to be able to not only keep up with the the prey, but also out think it.

    Love reading all the stories and posts.

  3. Julie

    I meant she shouldn’t be! Oops. Darned iPad word replace!

  4. Joann Wahl

    Love to hear how Bumper’s siblings are doing! Keep the info coming!!! In addition to Bumper’s beard, he’s getting a “fuzzy” face and long(er), blonde, hair mixed in with the red. Hmmmm…..

  5. Robyn Michaels

    This is hardly ‘rescue’—this is letting an irresponsible pet owner off the hook. glad you are so happy about it, but do you plan to rescue a majority of their next ‘oops’ litter? Because they own intact male & female—& have no incentive to be responsible.
    This is no better t6han what the puppy mills do.

  6. Moderator

    Robyn — We wrote an earlier blog post about our approach to “owner surrenders.” It can be found here: http://sighthoundunderground.com/blog/its-raining-dogs-where-are-they-coming-from/

    We are glad that we were able to find these puppies loving, forever homes. As far as we know, the puppy’s parents have been surrendered as well and returned to their respective original breeders.

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