Affenpoo (Affenpinscher Poodle)

If you enjoyed the 90’s; the designer clothes, cars, and everything else, then the Affenpoo is just your dog. A cross between the Poodle and Affenpincher, this spunky, small sized hybrid is making a name for themselves.

Their faces are adorable, their size is feasible for the lap, and the Affenpoodle’s intelligence makes this breed a piece of cake to train.

So what else makes this designer dog lovable and popular?

Here is what you need to know about the Affenpoo.

History

There isn’t a tremendous amount of history to report, when it comes to the Affenpoo. They got their start in the 1990’s, and were crossbred in the United States.

Breeders wanted a specific looking dog, that was more for show than purpose. 

While the Affenpoo is new to the breeding scene, their lineage of Affenpinscher and Poodle isn’t. These two breeds have respectively been around since the 15th and 17th centuries.

The Affenpinscher’s purpose was to hunt rats, and that they excelled, while the Poodle was more of a Toy Group breed, that enjoyed the relaxing life of shows and companionship. Breeders wanted a dog that could take these essential elements and combine them into one.

As of 2018, the Affenpoo isn’t officially recognized or registered by the American Kennel Club, however, this breed is acknowledged by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Registry of America, the Designer Breed Registry, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club. 

Size

Since there is no standard or registry on the Affenpoo, there is no “suggested” number, however, going based on many breeders calculations, a standard weight for the Affenpoo can be around 8 to 22 pounds.

This small sized breed should stand from 10 to 18 inches in height.

Personality/Temperament

The perfect breed for someone who doesn’t disappear due to work for weeks. An Affenpoo prefers a master with a balance work and home life. Someone that will show this hybrid dog plenty of affection and attention. What this breed doesn’t like is being left alone for long periods of time. In the event, that your duty calls, always leave this dog with plenty of mental stimulation along with toys, so that the Affenpoo doesn’t get bored and become destructive.

If the Affenpoo takes after a Poodle, then you can a wild side or mischief at times. This makes the breed extremely playful boding for your time and engagement. Since the dog is from a highly intelligent lineage, you should expect a quick learner when it comes to training. But don’t be surprised if they take after their other ancestor, the Affenpinscher, and make you earn their achievements.

Early socialization will be key for this hybrid dog. That’s because they can be a little resistant to other animals or pets, as well as children. Smaller children should be supervised around this dog, as they tend to mishandle smaller dogs at times, which could cause an unfavorable reaction from the dog. 

Affenpoos are said to be very loyal and dedicated to the entire family. Older children and the elderly see a devoted dog, that is eager to earn their affection.

Don’t expect this designer dog to be reserved or shy. They are very adventurous, and they do like to bark when they have something on their mind. Perfect dog for an apartment, but can do okay in bigger homes. A properly closed in backyard will keep this highly energetic dog happy and from having potential destructive tendencies due to boredom.

Health

There’s still a lot of uncertainty about this breed as far as health complications are concerned. Some of the health issues about to be discussed are more precautionary than absolute. That is the trouble with hybrid dogs, each dog will come with a different background of either more Affenpinscher or Poodle. Some are even crossbred with Toy Poodles, which can invite a whole different network of health issue.

Always make sure that you get the right documentation from a reputable breeder. You should always get clearances and up front honesty about what you’re buying. One other way to avoid serious headaches with the Affenpoo, is to schedule routine veterinarian visits. 

While this breed is said to be healthy and can live a life averaging 12-16 years, there are some health issues to be aware of, such as; Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Addisons Disease, and Cataracts. 

The health complications listed above are commonly known to be found with the Affenpoo’s ancestors, Affenpinscher and Poodle.

  • Hip Dysplasia: This disease is common with Affenpinschers, and could be found with your Affenpoo as well. This abnormal hip socket formation can cause arthritis to the joints, lameness and even paralysis.
  • Patellar Luxation: When the patella or knee cap is displace from the femur. This can cause discomfort, pain and lameness. Patellar Luxation is found more commonly in Toy or Miniature dogs. This could affect your hybrid dog if it was crossbred with Affenpinscher and Toy Poodle.
  • Addisons Disease: You may see this hormonal disorder sometimes referred to, “Hypoadrenocorticism.”This disease is when the Affenpoo’s own immune system attacks the adrenal gland’s outermost layer. This can affect how water, potassium, and sodium travels through the dog’s body and result in the inability for the heart and muscle to function properly.
  • Bloat: This condition is when gas and air distends inside the stomach and twists inside. What will happen to your Affenpoo is that an excess of air will essentially corrupt the body depriving them from releasing air properly. Bloat impedes blood flow to the heart and can be potentially fatal.

Other issues affecting the Affenpoo could be cataracts and idiopathic epilepsy. As mentioned, if you take your designer dog to the Vet’s office regularly, most of these issues can be prevented or treated.

Care

Like Beagles or Boston Terriers, the Affenpoo is a low maintenance dog, that’s simple to care for. Although there is no disclaimer on their preferred climate, an Affenpoo will thrive better in a mild region, where it’s not too muggy.

This designer breed will appreciate a walk or something involving mental stimulation on a daily basis. Fetch the ball, or dog puzzles, the Affenpoo that takes after a Poodle learns quickly and easily. That said, although they are considered a higher energy dogs, keeping them “somewhat” active will suffice their exercise routines.

First time dog owners will fare well with this dog breed, but there will come a time where patience is tested. This dog can be quite stubborn, just as a Poodle will be. Better suited for apartment dwellers and like a Poodle, can have a tendency to wanderlust about. 

Integrating the Affenpoo around other dogs is always a great idea so that you have a less territorial and a friendlier dog. If you can get away with a one pet family, this dog will flourish as an only pet.

They are very curious and talkative at times but otherwise, they are fine with strangers. Just like the Affenpinscher, you can always tell when your Affenpoo is grumpy by the looks and their outgoing personality.

Feeding

The Affenpoo can have a mean streak in them when other dogs get close to their food. They can become territorial, so you may want to monitor feeding time for your pets especially around cats, who get curious and sometimes nonchalant when it comes to invading another’s feeding space.

This hybrid dog will eat just about anything, and they aren’t very picky. To avoid an unhealthy dog, however, it is best to get them on a measured diet.

The best recommendation for the Affenpoo is a daily feeding of three quarters of a cup to a half cup of dry kibble per day. You can break this up as you like, but once in the morning and again in the evening is considered best practice.

The bigger the Affenpoo the more you can feed it. For instance, if your designer dog is considered a Toy Size, then the suggested amount above will work. If your dog is bigger than a Toy, then you may want to consider 1 and a half cups of dry kibble per day.

A diet that is rich with protein is always best. Something with chicken, salmon, or beef. 

As always, you should have fresh drinking water available for your Affenpoo.

Coat

One of the main reasons the designer dog is gaining popularity as far as hybrids are concerned, is because of this dog’s easy to groom, hypoallergenic coat.

This breed is popular with people who love dogs but have a hard time owning one due to allergies. Like the Poodle, this breed hardly produces pet dander, which makes them an ideal pet for those with allergies. 

They do shed but very little. Compared to other breeds, this dog is a saint in the shedding department. Even though they shed little, you’ll still want to take care of their coats by brushing it once a week. This will help keep out the dead hair, and encourage better growth.

An Affenpoo’s coat is short to medium in length. It can be coarse and curly like a Poodle. Their coat color typically comes in black or brown, but an occasional streak of silver has been seen with this designer dog.

Depending on their activity levels, you probably won’t have to bathe the Affenpoo that often. Always be sure you check their ears, as droopy ear breed tend to invite a host of issues such as infections. 

Closing Thoughts On The Affenpoo

When you take a good look at this small sized dog, you can’t help but think, it’s an Affenpinscher. Then you meet the dog, and find out that it has a lot of Poodle traits, and similar Terrier characteristics as well.

Yet the Affenpoo is is own dog, that is proving you don’t have to regisered with the American Kennel Club to be a great dog.

He’s smart, he will listen and can be very obedient. There’s not much you can throw at this hybrid and get past him. But the dog can be stubborn at times as well as a little grump.

The Affenpoo may have came from the 90’s, but it is definitely here to stay. That’s because this dog is universally wonderful. They can be great companions for grandma and the perfect dog for a first timer living in an apartment.

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