7-18 lbs
United States
The Affenpug is a mix between the Affenpinscher and the Pug. It is considered a designer breed because two registered pure breeds were intentionally bred to create this spunky little dog, combining alertness and charm. Designer breeds are also called hybrids; many are new in the dog world, making for interesting mixes of older breeds. Affenpugs can be inquisitive, intelligent and a bit stubborn, though they are quick to learn and very trainable. The Affenpug is an affectionate breed that loves to spend time with his owners. The Affenpinscher parent breed can be food aggressive; therefore, the Affenpug may not be a good dog for a family with small children. The coat of the Affenpug may be rough and wiry and should be brushed and combed several times week; owners of this breed should be prepared for a moderate amount of upkeep.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Affenpinscher, Pug

Affenpug Health

Average Size
Male Affenpug size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 7-18 lbs
Female Affenpug size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 7-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Diabetes
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Obesity
  • Dental Issues
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Allergy Testing
  • Abdominal Ultrasound

Affenpug Breed History

The Affenpug is a new dog breed and does not have a lot of documented history. However, the parent breed of the Pug is one of the oldest dog breeds dating back to 400 B.C. It is believed the breed originated in China. Pugs were bred to be companions for the royal family and were highly guarded; they were also companions to the Buddhist monks of Tibet. Later, Pugs became popular in the European courts. The breed became the official dog of the House of Orange in 1572, after a brave Pug named Pompey started to bark and warn Prince William of approaching assassins outside his tent. In the 1800s another fearless Pug belonging to Josephine (Napoleon’s wife) would carry messages in his collar and deliver them to Napoleon. The imprisoned Josephine could communicate with her husband, thanks to Fortune, her little Pug. Pugs arrived in the United States during the nineteenth century. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885. In 1981, the Pug Dhandys Favorite Woodchuck won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in the United States. In 2011 a Pug named Lodi won Best of Breed at the Westminster dog show. The Affenpinscher is a toy breed which originated in Germany. The Affenpinscher was originally a medium size farm or store dog and was used to hunt mice and rats. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Affenpinschers were bred with Pugs, Smooth Haired German Pinschers, and Silky Pinschers to produce a smaller companion dog. The first Affenpinschers were imported to America in 1935 by a breeder named Mrs. Bessie Mally of Illinois. The dogs had to be transported from Germany to the United States by steamship. They arrived in the port of New York and then had to travel to Chicago via the railroad. The Affenpinscher was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. In 2013, a ten-year-old Affenpinscher named GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, won Best of Show at the Westminster Dog Show.

Affenpug Breed Appearance

The Affenpug is the offspring of a Pug and an Affenpinscher and your Affenpug will have a variance of characteristics coming from each of his parents. Both the Pug and the Affenpinscher are considered brachycephalic breeds; brachycephalic means “shortened head” and flat pushed in faces. Due to this physical attribute, your Affenpug will most likely have a cute squishy face. His coat will not be as smooth as the short-haired Pug. It may be longer, rough and wiry, taking on some of the Affenpinscher feel. The color of his eyes and nose will be dark. The Pug has a small curly tail while the Affenpinscher’s tail is long. Your Affenpug may have a medium size curly tail. The ears will be floppy.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Affenpug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Affenpug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red Affenpug coat
fawn Affenpug coat
sable Affenpug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Affenpug wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Affenpug Breed Maintenance

The Affenpug should be brushed and combed out several times a week. Monthly grooming and clipping may be necessary. Hair that grows around his eyes may cause irritation and will need to be trimmed. Nails should be trimmed monthly; if you are not comfortable doing this yourself, the groomer or the veterinarian can take care of it. The floppy ears typical of the Affenpug will need to be cleaned weekly with a veterinarian recommended ear wash. The Affenpug may need to be bathed monthly. If your Affenpug has a mustache, it will need to be wiped off after he eats in order to avoid a buildup of food and dirt. The folds of skin on his face should be wiped and cleaned daily and his teeth should be brushed, at the very minimum, weekly, to prevent tartar build-up.
Brushes for Affenpug
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Affenpug requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Affenpug Temperament

Combining the parent breeds of Pug and Affenpinscher, your hybrid’s personality will be be unknown and discovered as they grow and mature. Pugs are charming, intelligent, quiet and rarely aggressive, eager to please their owner. The breed craves attention and affection. They do have a lazy nature, which can cause them to gain weight. Pugs are sturdy and usually are good with other dogs and children. The Affenpinscher is a funny, bold and spunky breed, which is nicknamed “mustachioed devil”. He is intelligent but can be stubborn. Inquisitive, affectionate and very loyal to his owners, this toy-breed will stand up to a large dog. They are very alert and make excellent watchdogs. The Affenpinscher can be territorial and food aggressive. Therefore, they are not recommended for households with small children.

Affenpug Activity Requirements

The Affenpinscher and the Pug can both be territorial and very yappy when strangers approach. When looking for ways to keep your dog active, you may want to avoid dog parks that have larger dogs. Larger dogs may take exception to a small dog thinking he rules the world. Long walks around the neighborhood or even playing in a large fenced backyard are great ways to keep him moving. This dog will require at least 30 minutes of hard play to wear him out. Dog sports such as agility or even rally would be a great way to bond with your dog and keep him active. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Affenpug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Affenpug Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Affenpug size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
Female Affenpug size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Affenpug size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Affenpug size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Affenpug size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Affenpug size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs

Affenpug Owner Experiences

1 Year
5 People
House & Yard
Bath time
Hide & Seek
High Five
chewing toys
Obedience classes
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