Affenpoo Dog Breed

Overview

The Affenpoo is a hybrid of the small Affenpinscher and toy Poodle breeds. A good choice for people with allergies, this breed generally inherits the hypoallergenic quality of the poodle coat. Affenpoos do best in a single pet household and make great indoor dogs. Families with small children are not a good match for this breed. These dogs are very low maintenance regarding grooming, exercise and training. Owners should familiarize themselves with both parent breeds, especially health issues as poodles have many. Members of this breed typically live at least 12-13 years.

Affenpoo Breed Details

Breed Specs
TypeLifespanHeightWeight
Hybrid11-15 yrs.9-11 in.7-9 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the details and specs for the Affenpoo dog breed.

Affenpoo Breed Description

This is a small dog breed that generally weighs 7 to 9 pounds and rarely stands taller than 11 inches.

This breed is not recommended for families with small children. Ideally they will reside in a single pet household. These dogs do not bark frequently and are not suitable as guard dogs.

Affenpoos are low maintenance dogs. They rarely shed and require They will be active indoors and a daily walk should keep them quite happy. Owners agree that members of this breed are easily trained; they instinctively listen and excel in obedience training.

Affenpoo Breed History

Affenpinschers are one of the oldest toy breeds in the world and are famous for their monkeyish looks and personality. Poodles are thought to have originated in Germany and have remained immensely popular since the 15th century. The Affenpoo, however, is a fairly recent hybrid breed that likely originated within the last few decades as designer mixes have become popular.

Affenpoo Appearance

Members of this breed will be slender and square in proportion. The coat of the Affenpoo is medium length and somewhat curly. The fur is coarse and usually occurs in black or brown but can sometimes include grey, red and tan. The have round dark eyes that are alive with curiosity and good humor. The nose is usually black and the ears are folded on either side of the face and triangular in shape.

Affenpoo Coloring

The coarse coat of the Affenpoo is typically black or brown but can also be shades of grey, red or tan.

Affenpoo Size

This is a small dog breed that generally weighs 7 to 9 pounds and rarely stands taller than 11 inches.

Average Adult Height

9-11 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

7-9 lbs

Affenpoo Temperament

Energetic and playful, this breed will be active indoors and will be game for many activities. Short walks will help exercise their natural curiosity. When happy, they will generally be quiet and are therefore suitable indoor and apartment dogs. Members of this breed are easily trainable and have a natural inclination and understanding of people. Obedience training is a great way to exercise and bond with your pet. They are confident and loyal to their owner but due to their quiet nature and small size will not make a good guard dog.

Affenpoo and Children

This breed may not be the best choice for households with very small children. They are not tolerant of rough handling or play they consider bothersome. Children should be of appropriate age to understand how to safely and gently handle a small dog if you are considering an Affenpoo.

Affenpoo and Other Pets

This breed is best suited for a single pet household. Although they get along ok with other dogs, their instinct to hunt small animals that resemble rodents will be high.

Affenpoo and Strangers

Affenpoos are not frequent barkers, making them suitable for indoor living but not suitable for being guard or watchdogs. They will be reserved around strangers until given sufficient time to warm up to them.

Affenpoo Maintenance

Affenpoos are low maintenance dogs. They rarely shed and require They will be active indoors and a daily walk should keep them quite happy. Owners agree that members of this breed are easily trained; they instinctively listen and excel in obedience training.

Grooming Requirements

Members of this breed rarely shed if at all and are a good choice for an owner will allergies; they will likely inherit the hypoallergenic qualities of the poodle coat. They should be brushed and combed twice a week to keep their fur free of mats and tangles. Nails, ears and teeth should be cleaned regularly along with the occasional bath.

Exercise Requirements

Like almost all dogs, members of this breed need daily exercise. Owners should play with their pet indoors. Short, daily walks should keep them healthy and allow them to express their curiosity.

Living Requirements

Their small size makes them ideal for indoor, especially apartment living. These little guys are energetic and playful indoors but will not be a loud nuisance to neighbors.

Temperature Range

Members of this breed have no documented temperature restrictions. However, as with all pets, in areas of extreme heat or cold they should be monitored closely.

Affenpoo Health

Hip dysplasia, luxating patellae, eye and heart issues are among the most common ailments of this breed. Although the hybrid Affenpoo is likely to experience far less problems than its purebred parents, potential owners should familiarize themselves with the Poodle's extensive list of issues. With good health and proper attention, an Affenpoo should live at least 12-13 years.

  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-perthes Disease
  • Patellar Luxation

Affenpoo Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Affenpoo as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry
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