Affenshires are a designer breed of dog consisting of Yorkshire Terriers and Affenpinschers. They are a small, hypoallergenic toy breed, require regular grooming, and are suitable for older families or couples. If you have children, an Affenshire is typically not a dog that’s suitable for that environment. In saying that, with early intervention, training, and education for the children, there’s no reason why both an Affenshire and a child couldn’t exist peacefully together under one roof. The Affenshire is a small breed, but don’t let that deceive you. They still require at least 30 to 45 minutes of exercise per day as well as some mental stimulation. If you’re stuck for fun ideas, why not try some of these below?
When you first adopt your Affenshire puppy, you will be so overjoyed with bringing them home. They’re cute, fluffy, affectionate, and will bring a smile to your face as soon as they look at you. However, without training and positive reinforcement, your small and innocent puppy can turn into a dominating, protective, yappy and snappy dog that doesn’t get along with other people, children, or pets.
Owning such a dog does not make it easy to have visitors over or even take your pup for a walk. You can avoid this situation by enrolling them in obedience training as soon as you bring them home. From eight weeks of age, you can set aside an hour per week for learning, where all you’ll need is a leash, a treat, and plenty of patience.
When you have time to spare on a sunny day, there’s every reason to gather your dog, their leash, and a waste bag and head out for a stroll. Affenshires require around 30 minutes of exercise, at a minimum, per day, and a walk is one way in which to fulfill this requirement. You can take them for a simple walk around the block, a trip to the park, or even to a local field to play with toys or let them run free. The best part about a walk is that it enables you to get exercise as well while being a free activity you can both enjoy.
The best thing about a game of fetch with your Affenshire is that it can tire them out quickly. Even if you’re playing inside on a rainy day, throwing their favorite toy down the length of your hallway will be a considerable distance for your pup to run. As a result, half an hour – or even less – will be all it takes to fill their exercise meter for the day. Playing fetch with your furry friend is also a fun activity in any weather. When it’s raining, you can play indoors. However, if it’s sunny, you can head outside into the yard or your local dog park and let them run to their heart’s content. What’s more, toys for fetch are very affordable, and it only takes half an hour out of your day. You’re sure to find that fetch becomes your pup’s favorite game quickly.
When you don’t have time to take your dog anywhere exciting, there’s no harm in letting them play inside with their toys. Not all dogs need to go on adventures every day, and for the working owner, it’s not always possible anyway. As long as you provide your pup with plenty of love, affection, interaction and fun toys, they will think you’re the best person in the world.
With the correct socialization from an early age, there’s no reason why your pup can’t leave “small dog syndrome” behind and interact well with other dogs. All you need to do is begin taking trips to the dog park from an early age, teaching them that dogs are friends, not something at which they can bark and growl. It’s in your best interests, however, to put them in a small dog enclosure. Large dogs tend not to know their weight, putting your tiny dog at risk.
Affenshires are adorable, loyal and fun dogs to own, but they do require plenty of interaction and fun to keep them happy. If you want your dog to be furever happy and content for the 12-16 years they will have on this earth, consider treating them to any of these activities above.