The Affenhuahua is a toy dog designed by crossing the Affenpinscher and Chihuahua. This cute and cuddly breed is characterized by a small statured body, round head, black nose, short muzzle, pricked and upright or folded and floppy ears and a long tail which thins on reaching the tip just like a sickle curve similar to its Chihuahua parent. Their friendly and gentle nature make them an excellent family pet.
|Other Names||Affen Chi|
|Coat||Short and curly or long|
|Colors||Brown, black, white, blue|
|Group ( of Breed)||Toy dog|
|Life Span/ Expectancy||About 15 years|
|Size and Height||Small; 6 to 11 inches|
|Weight||1 to 6 pounds|
|Litter Size||1 to 3 puppies|
|Temperament||Friendly, social, brave, stubborn and intelligent|
|Good with children||Only when well-socialized|
|Climate Compatibility||Better suited for warm climates|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, DDKC, IDCR, DBR|
Though not much is known about the history of origination of the Affenhuahua, it seems to be a newer breed gaining official recognition in the year 2009.
The Affenpinscher Chihuahua mix is a friendly and sociable dog that enjoys attention and affection shown by its family members, also enjoying a cuddle.
However, they might have a special inclination towards a particular member of the household, a trait inherited from their Chihuahua parent.
In spite of its small size, it can have a sense of braveness inherent in it just like its parents and may also get stubborn at times.
Though they have a pleasing disposition, they should not be left alone with young children as these delicate and fragile dogs may run the risk of getting knocked down. Socialize them properly before they interact with kids as these dogs may not be able to withstand manhandling by the little ones— a Chihuahua-like trait.
They do not have too much of a problem in mingling with other dogs or pets, however, they should never be kept alone with big canine breeds owing to their small size. They might also display a sense of boldness while confronting them, which is unsafe for them.
These intelligent dogs are easy to train since they have an eagerness to learn, though its stubborn nature might come in the way. Thus a firm and tactful trainer is needed who can manage it in a proper way.
It is recommended to feed your pet one-fourth to half cup dry dog food. Make sure its nutritional needs are met aptly and do not overfeed your dog as it might get obese.