As one of the smallest hybrid dog breeds, the Affenhuahua is sure to get heads turning everywhere you go. If you own one, you will no doubt be aware of how unique this designer breed is. However, before long, you will also come to realize that they require a lot of training, mental stimulation, and toys to keep them entertained. The Affenhuahua is a tiny dog that is a direct creation of mixing a Chihuahua with an Affenpinscher. Their 8 to 12-inch size makes them perfect for traversing smaller properties, but they still like to stretch their legs and go for walks as well. If you’re the proud owner of this tiny terror, then we’ve included some helpful activity options below to keep them entertained.
When you first bring your tiny bundle of fur home, you will be eager to spoil them rotten. However, Affenhuahuas are typically a breed that requires you to take caution. While providing them with love, affection, and a basket of toys is helpful for their nature and stimulation; you need to be sure not to overdo it. What’s more, small dog syndrome is one handbag away from being a reality. To nip bad behavior in the bud early on, consider obedience training. You only need to set aside an hour a week for classes held in any weather, then a bit more time to practice in your own time. Price can vary from one trainer to the next, so it also helps to do your research.
If your Affenhuahua has mastered basic obedience training, they will no doubt have a taste for mental stimulation now. You can typically meet your pup’s physical needs with ease due to them having short bursts of energy, but mental stimulation is an ongoing requirement. Therefore, you may find that tricks are the next best activity to try. Learning how to shake hands and roll over is particularly appropriate if it’s raining outside, but you can learn these tricks in any weather. The best part is, you can teach your pup in 10-minute increments over a period of days, and it costs you nothing to do.
Affenhuahuas adapt well to most home environments – including apartments. Their small stature and the limited requirement for exercise make them more than suitable for those who don’t have an ideal-sized backyard. However, because the breed is prone to short bursts of energy – particularly when they’re younger – it’s a good idea to have a few games up your sleeve for when your pup is at their most active. Fetch is a good option because you can play it inside, it takes around 20 minutes to tire your dog out, and all you need is a ball. What’s more, if you have a long hall or room in your house, the many laps is sure to tire them out sooner rather than later.
On miserable cold days, your pup will love nothing more than curling up beside a crackling fire chewing on their toys. Therefore, it’s important to always have plenty on hand! Quiet activities such as chew toys are perfect for dogs that love to be couch potatoes or don’t want to venture outside into the cold.
If the sun is shining and you want to get a little bit of fresh air, don’t forget your Affenhuahua. While they aren’t going to be able to walk too far before tuckering out, you may find they love the outdoor adventure as much as you do. The best part is, if you come across obstacles or they get too tired to walk home, they’re small enough to be able to carry.
Affenhuahuas are tiny dogs that will adapt and adjust to most home life situations. While you will need to teach children how to behave around them, there’s no reason why they can’t become a loving and loyal family dog. However, just like humans get bored, so too do Affenhuahuas. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to have activities like those above up your sleeve for when you need to provide entertainment at a moment’s notice.