Affenwich

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7-10 lbs
9-11"
Various
Affenpinscher
Norwich Terrier
The Affenwich is a hybrid breed, sometimes called a designer dog, developed by crossing an Affenpinscher and a Norwich Terrier. Both parent breeds are hypoallergenic and have low shedding coats which should be brushed several times a week to prevent matting. Grooming and clipping the coat is necessary, typically on a monthly basis. The Affenwich has an innate hunting instinct and may not be suitable for families with small pets such as gerbils, guinea pigs, or rabbits. This active hybrid enjoys digging so supervision outside is always recommended. Spending time with your pet while he is outdoors is also a good idea as this breed loves to vocalize and may become a barker if left without companionship. With proper training and attention, the Affenwich can make a wonderful, affectionate addition to the family.
Purpose
Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Affenpinscher, Norwich Terrier

Affenwich Health

Average Size
Male Affenwich size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 7-10 lbs
Female Affenwich size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 7-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Tracheal Collapse
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Dental Issues
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Dental Examination
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing

Affenwich Breed History

The Affenwich is a modern hybrid breed. Although there is not a lot of documentation on their history, we do know that the Affenpinscher, parent to this loyal hybrid, is a toy breed which originated in Germany. The Affenpinscher was originally a medium sized farm or store dog 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 used to develop the smaller Affenpinscher were the Pug, the Smooth Haired German Pinscher and the Silky Pinscher. The Affenpinscher was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. The Norwich Terrier originates from the United Kingdom. They were used as ratters and to help flush out foxes from their dens. During the 19th century, students at Cambridge University would bring in the Norwich Terriers on to the school grounds to hunt rats and to keep as companions. The dogs became known as "Trumpington Terriers", named after the street where many of the students lived. The Norwich Terrier and the Norfolk Terrier were classified as the same breed (both were called Norwich Terriers) with two different types of ears. The Norfolk Terrier has v-shaped dropped ears and the Norwich Terrier has pointed ears. In 1964, the British Kennel Club decided to separate the two into different breeds. In 1979, the American Kennel Club also decided to separate the two different breeds into Norwich Terrier and Norfolk Terrier. The Norwich Terrier was officially recognized by the AKC 1936.

Affenwich Breed Appearance

The Affenwich is a designer breed, which crosses the Affenpinscher and the Norwich. The Affenwich puppies will have appearance characteristics from both breeds. The Affenwich’s “look” will vary, even among the same litter. Hybrid siblings may have different markings, colors, and facial expressions, and their height can vary, too. The Affenwich is small, and may have a shaggy, rough and wiry coat. Colors may include wheaten, black and tan, black, red, grizzle, or black and grey. Both breeds have an endearing facial expression which will be passed on to their precious litter. The tail of the Norwich Terrier and the Affenpinscher is usually docked. The Affenwich’s ears may be pointy or dropped down. Regardless which parent your puppy takes after, he will be an adorable dog with great confidence.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Affenwich eyes
Brown
amber Affenwich eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Affenwich nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Affenwich coat
Brindle
sable Affenwich coat
Sable
red Affenwich coat
Red
gray Affenwich coat
Gray
black Affenwich coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Affenwich wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Affenwich Breed Maintenance

The Affenwich should be brushed and combed out several times a week no matter what the consistency of the coat, as it may get matted. Monthly grooming and clipping will be necessary, and the hair that grows around his eyes may cause irritation and will need to be trimmed. Patience and gentleness is recommended to make the grooming experience a positive one for both owner and canine. Both the Affenpinscher and the Norwich Terriers are considered hypoallergenic breeds. The nails of the Affenwich should be trimmed monthly to avoid breakage or injury. If your Affenwich has pendant ears, they will need to be cleaned weekly. Your veterinarian can help recommend an ear wash.
Brushes for Affenwich
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Affenwich requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Affenwich Temperament

Because both parent breeds are feisty and love to move, the Affenwich will need daily walks. The ancestors of this hybrid were bred to hunt so the Affenwich can get easily bored. If left outside unsupervised, they can easily dig themselves out. It is important to provide fun activities and a variety of toys. Both parent breeds are fearless and intelligent with a tad of stubbornness mixed in. They can be great watch dogs but can also be a little yappy if not corrected. Affenpinschers can be food aggressive. They like children; however, they should be supervised at all times in a home with small toddlers. The Affenwich will need training, rules and boundaries. Crate training can help housebreak your puppy if you are having trouble in this area.

Affenwich Activity Requirements

A mix of the Affenpinscher and Norwich Terrier can be a recipe for frustration and disaster if he is not given enough room to run and stretch his legs. Both breeds can be very vocal and can easily become nuisance barkers. When visiting dog parks be sure your dog knows his basic manners and avoid parks where big dogs are playing. Your mighty little dog will think he can run with the big boys and may even try to boss them around. Small breed dogs are able to get plenty of exercise simply by going for a long walk or playing games in the back yard. Be sure to spend a lot of time with your dog doing physical activities. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Affenwich Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Affenwich Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Affenwich size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 4 lbs
Female Affenwich size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Affenwich size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Affenwich size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Male Affenwich size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Affenwich size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs

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