Brussels Griffon
The Affengriffon was bred combining the Affenpinscher and the Brussels Griffon. They are small dogs that are considered toy breeds. Due to the hybrid breed’s small size, they can adapt well to pretty much any home environment, whether it be a huge country home or a small city apartment. Also due to their little size, these dogs may not be well suited to living with young kids. However, children who know how to be careful with pets can get along well with this breed. Other pets can be a friend to the Affengriffon as well, though introduction at a young age is always recommended. This hybrid has low shedding levels and is also considered to be a hypoallergenic dog.
Date of Origin
Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon

Affengriffon Breed History

The Affengriffon is a newly developed dog breed that was made from the crossbreeding of the Affenpinscher and the Brussels Griffon. The Affenpinscher, which is one of the two dog breeds used to create the Affengriffon, originated from Germany. It is unknown at what time these dogs came into existence, but we do know that they were used as farm dogs and also as ratters. It was in the 18th and 19th centuries that the Affenpinscher began to be seen as a companion pet. Today, Affenpinschers are still wonderful companion pets but are still in touch with their hunting side and can be good at rat hunting, as well as being modern day watch dogs. Originating in Belgium, the Brussels Griffon, on the other hand, was a dog found in the 17th century that was also used to hunt vermin in the stables of cab drivers, but eventually became companion pets as well for both the working class and the noblemen. This breed was introduced in England in the late 1800s, and found its way to North America as well, and were registered in the United States in the American Kennel Club in 1889. They are a relatively rare breed after rising and falling in popularity over the years. Documentation is not available as to when the premier designer dogs of this match were first born.

Affengriffon Breed Appearance

These cute little dogs that are a mix between the Affenpinscher and Brussels Griffon can have characteristics from both breeds. They have large eyes found on round heads, with somewhat boxy bodies. The straight legs will be short, like those of both of the parent breeds. They can be found in a variety of colors, including black, silver, white, brown, tan and red. Their dense coats will be rough and harsh with a wiry texture. As both parents are small and feisty, getting them used to their grooming session at a young age will benefit both owner and pet. Considered high maintenance in the grooming area, the Affengriffon will look his cutest when nicely brushed and trimmed, making the most of his wiry coat and allowing his eyes to shine and be seen.

Affengriffon Breed Maintenance

These dogs need daily walks that should not be too short but do not need to be very long either. They do need to spend some time socializing with their humans. Because they are small, these dogs are well suited to apartment life. Both the Affenpinscher and Brussels Griffon have high grooming needs, and it is expected that the Affengriffon will be the same. They will need weekly brushing to keep their shaggy coats from becoming tangled, as well as to catch the few hairs that they shed. Besides regular grooming, this hybrid breed, like all other dogs, should have their nails trimmed as often as needed. If they don’t wear down naturally, they should be trimmed once or twice in a month. Dental hygiene will also need to be maintained. To do this, dogs should have their teeth brushed at least one or two times per week, although daily toothbrushing is best.

Affengriffon Activity Requirements

These hybrid dogs are friendly and intelligent pets who love spending time with and showing off for their owners. They are not known to be shy pets, and on the contrary they are quite confident, despite their small size. They can get excited easily and will need entertainment, or they can get moody and territorial. If they become bored, these dogs can develop bad habits like barking, biting or becoming possessive of their toys and food. They get along well with other dogs but if they do not know them, they should be monitored. Since they are stubborn, these dogs can sometimes try to pick fights with dogs that are larger than they are. Also because of this personality trait, this breed can be difficult to train, but with some effort they can still be great dogs and can also be good at trick training. They will behave around children, but since they get very excited they may not be suitable in a home with very young kids. Additionally, they will not do very well as a guard dog.

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