Affenpinscher
Shih Tzu
The Affenpinscher and the Shih Tzu were bred in order to create the adorable Affen Tzu hybrid dog. This dog is small, just like its parents, and makes a great companion pet and watchdog. Because it is a modern breed, there is not much information available on this type of dog. However, we know that the Affen Tzu will take on some traits from both the Affenpinscher and the Shih Tzu, a combination of intelligence, friendliness and affection. They will likely require a high amount of maintenance and may take some time to train. However, with proper socialization, perseverance and dedication, these dogs can make wonderful family pets.
Purpose
Watch and companion dog
Date of Origin
After 17th Century
Ancestry
Affenpinscher, Shih Tzu

Affen Tzu Breed History

The Affen Tzu is a new breed, created from the combination of the Affenpinscher and the Shih Tzu. Since this is a new hybrid breed, much of how it came to existence is undocumented. The Affenpinscher dog is an ancient breed that originated from Germany in an unknown year. At first they were used as ratters and farm dogs, but eventually in the 18th and 19th centuries, a miniaturized version of these dogs could commonly be seen as companion pets. Today the Affenpinscher is used as a companion dog but is still skilled at hunting rats and being a faithful watchdog. The other breed used to create the Affen Tzu, which is the Shih Tzu, was descended from dogs that were present in the 17th century in China, and were in fact so prized by the Chinese royalty that they were not sold or imported to any other country until the 1930s. The Shih Tzu is believed to be one of 14 oldest dog breeds. First introduced to England in 1928 by the wife of the quartermaster general of the north China command, a male and female pair were brought from Peking. The Shih Tzu was recognized by the AKC in 1969, while the Affenpinscher had been established earlier, in 1936.

Affen Tzu Breed Appearance

These dogs are not purebred, but instead are the result of the crossbreeding between the Affenpinscher and the Shih Tzu. They have square, short and small bodies that can be delicate and with chests that are deep and broad. The round heads will have muzzles with a pronounced stop and will often be short like the Shih Tzu, but in some cases the nose can be long like the Affenpinscher. The lower jaw will usually appear broad and undershot, with straight and even lower teeth that line up under the nose. They will usually have black lips, and noses of the same color. This hybrid breed will have dark and round eyes that will also be a black color. They will be well proportioned to the face and set forward. The silky ears will be either held upright, such as the Affenpinscher, or floppy, like the Shih Tzu. This breed has soft and silky fur that is medium to long in length but will be longer around the face.

Affen Tzu Breed Maintenance

To keep their soft coat looking silky and tangle free, these dogs will need to be brushed every week using a rubber bristled paddle brush. Depending on the dog, you may or may not choose to clip them in order to make grooming easier. With this hybrid breed, you should pay special attention to their ears, as they can be prone to infections. Examine them often and take action if you notice any signs of abnormality. All dogs should have their teeth brushed once or twice a week minimum, and their nails trimmed as necessary. This can be once or twice a month. The hybrid Affen Tzu will have a relatively high grooming maintenance routine, like that of the Affenpinscher and the Shih Tzu.

Affen Tzu Activity Requirements

These hybrid dogs take on the temperament of the breeds that parented them. They are known to be curious, affectionate and fearless. They will sometimes even try to stand up to dogs who are much bigger than them, so they should be watched around new, larger dogs. They can also be territorial and protective of their food and toys, and should be monitored around children, as they do not have much patience and may snap if someone comes near their possessions. However, if socialized properly, this breed can do quite well with children and other pets. They are smart but will become stubborn if you let them. Because of this, they can be difficult to train, but with some persistence they can be skilled at not only obedience but trick training as well. Potty training can take some time, but using crates and potty pads might help. You will need to show them that you are the pack leader, and not the other way around, in order to earn their respect. The owner should be firm but still offer rewards when the Affen Tzu performs well. They are affectionate and form great bonds with their family.

Affen Tzu Owner Experiences

Axel
1 Year
2 People
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Walk
Lovable, playful, loves people,, chases squirrels!
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Midnight
1 Year
6 People
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He was homeless at first but I took him in. His tale was yanked out of place but he is a sweet dog. He isn't to fond of being around other people he doesn't know. He is also very protective.
2 months ago
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