Affenhuahua

Affenhuahua

INTRODUCTION

The Affenhuahua is a mixed breed dog, a cross between the Chihuahua and Affenpinscher dog breeds. Small, bold and very energetic, these puppies inherit some of the best traits from both of their parents. Affenhuahuas are also sometimes called Affen Chi. Despite their designer breed status, you can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and rescues, so adopt. These compact, friendly pups make excellent apartment dogs for active city dwellers, though they can also thrive in small or single-person households. They can also be a bit territorial and barky. If you want an energetic, sassy dog that will keep you on your toes, warn you of any danger, and love you unconditionally, the Affenhuahua may be the right dog for you. You should also buy a dog water bottle for any outdoor adventures you have with your pup.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Affenhuahua is a mixed breed dog. They are not pure breeds like their Affenpinscher or Chihuahua parents. Affenhuahuas have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half to one hour walk a day, with some active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in. The main colors of Affenhuahuas are black, brown, fawn and cream. Sometimes their coat is smooth, and other times they have a mixture of colors or have white and gray patches. They usually have short coats and can be a good choice for allergy sufferers. There are Affenhuahuas with longer coats, although they may not be as allergy-friendly. Brush your dog once a week. Since the Affenhuahua can be easily injured by over-excited children, he may prefer to be around adults or older children who know how to play gently. Affenhuahuahuas are not naturally fond of other animals and may prefer to be the only pet in the house. But many get along well with other dogs and cats, so it all comes down to training, socialization and the luck of the draw. Affenhuahuas can be stubborn and difficult to housebreak, but for an energetic and diligent owner, the dog’s desire to please will help keep training on track.

HISTORY

Affenhuahuas have likely existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing Affenpinschers and Chihuahuas sometime in the late 1990s or early 2000s, probably in the United States. The breeders wanted to combine the two small breeds to create a sweet lap dog that could also alert its owners to potential intruders or dangers. They continued to produce Affenhuahuahuas as the demand for mixed breed dogs increased. Although the Affenhuahua breed began as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adoption if you decide this is the breed for you. Check local shelters, look for rescues, or check with breed-specific Affenpinscher or Chihuahua rescues, as they sometimes take in mixed breed dogs and find them homes.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
3/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
3/5
Trainability:
3/5
Physical Needs:
3/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 6 to 12 inches
Weight: 4 to 12 pounds
Life Span: 13 to 18 years

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