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.