Affen Spaniel

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15-25 lbs
10-16"
Unknown
Affen Cocker

The Affen Spaniel is a small to medium sized hybrid dog breed that is bred from the Affenpinscher and the Cocker Spaniel. As this breed is rare and relatively new, not much about its history and time of origin is known. However, it can be estimated to have appeared around the 2000s. This dog may stand anywhere from 10 to 20 inches in height and weigh approximately 15 to 20 lbs. The Affen Spaniel can be claimed to be a companion dog, however, may show exceptional skills in the agility and sporting group. This is because the parent breeds the Cocker Spaniel and the Affenpinscher both served as sporting and hunting dogs.

Purpose
Companion, Herding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Affenpinscher, Cocker Spaniel

Affen Spaniel Health

Average Size
Height: 13-20 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Seborrhea
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Heart
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Affen Spaniel Breed History

As the Affen Spaniel is a new hybrid breed that has only appeared recently, not much of its history is known. The Spaniel breed is thought to have originated in Spain during the 1300s and 1400s. However, during the reign of Caesar (54 to 55 BC) Spaniels began to descend into England. The Spaniel originated with the purpose of being hunting, water dogs but their breed eventually descended into the smaller toy breed, the Cocker Spaniel. Affenpinschers on the other hand, were termed ratting dogs and were said to originate in Germany. Though not as famous as the Cocker Spaniel, these dogs were exceptionally active and agile when it came to fulfilling their hunting purpose. Today, the American Kennel Club recognizes both the Affenpinscher and the Cocker Spaniel, whereas the Affen Spaniel is currently only recognized by the Dog Registry of America.

Affen Spaniel Breed Appearance

Affen Spaniels are small to medium sized dogs. They may not be as large as a Cocker Spaniel nor will they be as small as an Affenpinscher and so, they fall right in the middle at about 10 to 20 inches tall.  Affen Spaniels have short pushed back muzzles, large round eyes and ears that are often dark brown. The Affen Spaniel may have the appearance of looking heavier and as such, they are considered sturdy, well built dogs with short legs and a mid-wide body. Their fur may be curly and silky, and medium in length. It is generally not as coarse as that of an Affenpinscher. With Affen Spaniels, the ears tend to be flopped down and hanging over. Because of this trait, dirt may be trapped within the ear canal quite easily; owners should maintain ear hygiene on a regular basis.

Affen Spaniel Breed Maintenance

Affen Spaniels have a relatively high grooming requirement. Due to their medium length, dense coat it is highly recommended that owners brush their Affen Spaniel with a stiff bristly brush at least once per day in order to keep the fur tangle free and healthy. Affen Spaniels should visit a groomer roughly every 4 to 5 weeks in order to get their fur trimmed around the footpads and ears. As with all dogs, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning and nail trimming should be done on a regular basis. Particular attention should be given to the ears; their flop-sided positioning may allow bacteria to build-up. Bathing should be kept to a minimum in order to prevent loss of natural oils from the coat.

Affen Spaniel Temperament

The Affen Spaniel is said to be a very family bound dog that will bond with their owners very well. As a result, it is not recommended to rehome these dogs due to the tight bonds they form with owners. The Affen Spaniel has a protective nature and will often bark when encountering strangers. They tend to be alert, gentle dogs and may be well suited to a family home. However, as with all dogs, it is important to exercise caution around young children.

Affen Spaniel Activity Requirements

Affen Spaniels will tend to enjoy activities like walking, running, swimming and fetching. As these dogs originate from the Spaniel breed who are termed as “water lovers”, you may notice this trait in your Affen Spaniel. The Affenpinscher parent will pass on the love of digging and searching for prey. Supervision of your Affen Spaniel is recommended at all times when they are outside, even if the yard appears to be securely fenced. An escape is imminent if something exciting is seen on the other side of the barrier. Affen Spaniels can be lively, energetic dogs and are considered herding dogs. Thus, it’s important to meet the dogs’ requirement with plenty of exercises to avoid obesity and boredom.

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