Affenpoo

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8-22 lbs
10-18"
United States
Affendoodle, Affen Poo

The Affenpoo is a designer breed that originated in the United States during the early 1990s  and is a cross between the Affenpinscher, a rat hunting dog, and the Poodle. The Affenpinscher is a feisty, wiry-haired dog of sturdy body shape. The other parent breed, the Poodle, can come in three different sizes: Toy, Miniature or Standard. The exact combination of the parents will dictate the approximate size your Affenpoo, which may be highly influenced by the parent Poodle cross. Due to its lineage, the Affenpoo is said to be a very easy to train, intelligent dog that would be a great and easy addition for new dog owners. Eager to please and friendly, patience and affection will win this dog over, allowing him to become a great companion.

Purpose
Companion, Guarding
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Affenpinscher, Poodle

Affenpoo Health

Average Size
Height: 10-18 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Height: 10-18 inches Weight: 8-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Addison's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Affenpoo Breed History

The Affenpoo originated during the 1990s in the United States. Its parent breeds include  the Affenpinscher and Poodle. The Affenpinscher is a small “monkey-faced” dog that originated from Germany during 17th century and served as a rat catching dog. The Poodle as well originates from Germany; however, it is said to be quite popular in France. Its primary purpose was a retrieving dog (duck dog). Poodles have been claimed to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Both the Affenpinscher and Poodle are recognized by; the American Canine Registry, American and Canadian Kennel Clubs, American Canine Association and many more organizations. As the Affenpoo is a hybrid dog breed, it is mainly recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club(ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club(DDKC), the Dog Registry of America (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).

Affenpoo Breed Appearance

Affenpoos are a small breed dog that is quite short and slender due to their Poodle lineage. Their muzzles are shorter than that of a Poodle and the nose is often black; they have large, round beady eyes and flopped down ears that can sometimes be triangular in shape. They have medium-length, coarse, dense hair that may be prone to tangles but often takes after the texture of the Poodle more so than the Affenpinscher.. Affenpoos may come in a range of colors including shades of brown, black, chocolate, tans and greys.

Affenpoo Breed Maintenance

The Affenpoo is a low shedding, hypoallergenic dog that often does not require regular bathing, especially during the winter months. However, due to its coarse, thick coat, Affenpoos may be prone to tangles and matting and so may require regular grooming and brushing particularly during the hot summer months. As with all dogs, dental and ear care are important factors required for maintaining animal health. In particular, dogs with floppy ears may require regular ear cleaning due to a higher risk of dirt getting trapped in the ears.

Affenpoo Temperament

Poodles are considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds; this trait tends to be quite prominent in Affenpoos.  Affenpoos are intelligent little dogs that are quite social and thrive in an environment where mental stimulation through training, learning new tricks and playing constantly all benefit the breed’s natural persona. As they are quite social dogs, Affenpoos tend to have separation anxiety should they be left alone for extended periods of time. Generally, these little dogs may possess a protective behavior so this may not be ideal for families with young children, particularly young children who do not know how to properly handle small dogs. Because Poodles tend to be protective guard dogs, it may come as no surprise when you notice your Affenpoo being cautious and alert around strangers.

Affenpoo Activity Requirements

As they are small dogs, most Affenpoos do not require extensive walks and runs. However, this particular dog breed does have the tendency to get bored and it is recommended that the owner provide sufficient mental stimulation through socialization, play time with other dogs, toys, and walks. Poodles are agile, active, intelligent dogs who thrive on pleasing their owners by mastering new tricks. So, it may come as no surprise when your Affenpoo becomes energetic and enthusiastic when it comes to training, thus emphasizing the importance of mental stimulation.

Affenpoo Owner Experiences