The Affenshire is a cross between the Affenpinscher and the Yorkshire Terrier. It is considered a designer breed because two registered pure breeds were intentionally bred to create this petite and perky canine . Both the Affenpinscher and the Yorkshire Terrier are hypoallergenic breeds; their coat can be smooth or shaggy and should be brushed and combed several times week. Affenshires are curious, intelligent and a bit stubborn. They are quick to learn, eager to be part of the action, and very trainable. Because of their small size and tiny frame, the Affenshire is not a good breed for a home with small children. With proper socialization and patience, this adorable hybrid will make a nice addition to your family.
Date of Origin
Affenpischer, Yorkshire Terrier
Affenshire Breed History
Yorkshire Terriers were developed in Yorkshire, England in the 1800’s. Their original function was to hunt small vermin. The Yorkshire Terrier came to North America in 1872. The first Yorkshire Terrier was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885.
During World War II a 4 pound Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky became a hero and a sensation in the United States. Smoky was found in a foxhole in New Guinea by an American soldier, who then sold her to Corporal William A. Wynne for approximately $6.44. The Corporal would carry her in his backpack or inside his helmet. She would visit injured soldiers and bravely traveled inside an underground 70’ pipe with a phone wire attached to her collar. This wire allowed the outposts to be able to have communication with each other. According to an Animal Planet Investigation, Smoky was the first recorded therapy dog. She performed this function during and after the war. Smoky’s heroic actions made the Yorkshire Terrier breed very popular in the United States. There is a statue of Smoky in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Affenpinscher originated in Germany during the 1600’s. The Affenpinscher was originally a medium size farm or store dog, which was used to hunt mice and rats. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Affenpinschers were bred to be much smaller and became companion dogs. The breeds believed to have been used to develop the smaller Affenpinscher were the Pug, the Smooth Haired German Pinscher and a Silky Pinscher. The Affenpinscher was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. It is believed that the Affenpinscher was a contributor to the development of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Brussels Griffon. Affenpinschers almost became extinct during World War II. After the war ended, breeders crossed the remaining Affenpinschers with the Griffon Bruxellois, which created the unique face structure of the breed.
Affenshire Breed Appearance
The Affenshire is the offspring of the crossbreeding of an Affenpinscher and a Yorkshire Terrier. Your Affenshire may have characteristics from both parents. Even among the same litter, their markings and color may vary. They may have drop down ears or pointy ones. The Affenshire will have a dark nose and eye color. Due to his Affenpinscher side, your puppy may have an underbite. He will be a small dog with a very expressive and unique facial expression. An Affenshire who takes after the Yorkie parent may have a long coat with a more silky texture; the Affenpinscher parent may influence with a rougher coat and a mustached face. Your Affenshire will be original in that the coat may be a unique blend of the two.
Affenshire Breed Maintenance
The Affenshire’s coat can be rough and wiry or long and silky. Either way, your Affenshire will need to be brushed and combed several times a week. Patience and consistency on your part will make the grooming process a more positive experience for both you and your little dog. Carefully remove matted fur, and separate tangles with your hands before starting the comb out. Teeth should be brushed several times week to prevent tartar buildup and yearly dental examinations are essential as small breeds are prone to dental issues. Their nails will need to be trimmed monthly in order to prevent breaks or tears. Dropdown ears will require to be cleaned monthly with a veterinarian recommended ear wash. Some Affenshire owners prefer their dog shampooed, nails trimmed, ears washed, anal glands expressed, and hair clipped by a professional groomer on a monthly basis.
Affenshire Activity Requirements
The temperament of the Affenshire will be a cute combination of the Affenpinscher and the Yorkshire Terrier personality. The Affenpinscher and the Yorkshire Terrier are often described as big dogs in little bodies. The Yorkie is a Terrier breed and the Affenpinscher is described as Terrier-like, which makes them spunky, alert and good watchdogs. The breed does not require a lot of exercise. The Affenpinscher has an even more mischievous personality than the Yorkshire Terrier, and can also be food aggressive. Early socialization with strangers and other dogs is important for the Affenshire. The Affenshire can be a barker; if this becomes a major issue, an animal behaviorist may be able to make some suggestions to lessen the barking. The Yorkshire Terrier can suffer from separation anxiety. Therefore, the Affenshire may not like being left for extended periods of time. This hybrid is intelligent, loves to please and is very trainable, and enjoys as much attention as he can get.
Affenshire Owner Experiences
Bentley James Whitehead
House & Yard
Bentley is a very loving dog! He loves attention, loves to play, and loves his snacks! However, I am having an extremely difficult getting him potty trained!