The Affenpoo is one of the designer dogs that have become popular in recent decades. Like its counterparts, it was created by crossbreeding two purebred dogs. One would be the Affenpinscher. The other would be the Poodle. This has resulted in a very social animal with a strong need for companionship. Something that may or may not suit interested individuals.
1. Designer Dog
The Affenpoo is a designer dog. This means that it is the product of controlled crossbreeding between two purebred dogs for the purpose of creating an animal that possesses desirable characteristics from both sides of its heritage. As a term, designer dog was popularized in the 1990s, which was the same time when there was a surge of interest in such animals. Something that has managed to continue into the present.
2. Not Guaranteed to Have a Consistent Set of Characteristics
Purebred dogs tend to be very consistent because they have been bred for it in generation after generation. Designer dogs are very different in this regard because they haven’t been subjected to the same. As such, an Affenpoo has a mix of characteristics from both sides of its heritage, which may or may not be the same as those of another Affenpoo. This can be a plus for some interested individuals but a minus for others.
3. Not Guaranteed to Be a First-Generation Mix
Speaking of which, designer dogs aren’t guaranteed to be first-generation mixes. Instead, it is common for designer dogs to be multi-generation mixes, meaning that they either have one purebred parent and one hybrid parent or two hybrid parents. In fact, multi-generation mixes can be a good way for interested individuals to get an Affenpoo that is closer to their personal preferences. After all, a designer dog that has more descent from one side of its heritage has an increased chance of inheriting characteristics from that side of its heritage. Still, it is important to remember that this guarantees nothing, meaning that it is always a good idea to learn more about specific Affenpoos rather than make assumptions based off of generalizations that may or may not be applicable in a particular case.
4. Can Be Quite Expensive
Interested individuals might have heard that hybrid dogs are less expensive than their purebred counterparts. However, they should know that this isn’t guaranteed to be the case for designer dogs because the latter are the products of controlled rather than uncontrolled crossbreeding. Sometimes, designer dogs such as the Affenpoo can be even more expensive than their purebred counterparts, meaning that people will need to watch out for that. If they want such an animal without spending too much money, they might want to look through animal shelters to see if they can find a suitable canine companion.
5. Some Characteristics Can Be Considered More Desirable Than Others
The people behind designer dogs are not as well-organized as the people behind purebred dogs. However, it is common for them to be organized to some extent. This means that designer dogs can have standards, which in turn, can have a noticeable effect on the price of animals that possess desirable characteristics versus the price of animals that possess not so desirable characteristics. Of course, this is kind of thing is based on the sentiments of the general market, meaning that it might be possible for certain individual consumers to get the dog that they want while paying less in the process.
6. Small Dogs
Affenpinschers are on the smaller side of things. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that most Affenpoos are on the smaller side of things as well. Interested individuals should expect to see more variation among them than among purebred dogs, particularly since Poodles come in different sizes for different varieties. However, there are claims that Affenpoos tend to reach 10 to 20 inches in height as well as 8 to 30 pounds in weight. These considerations should inform the planning of people who are thinking about getting one of these designer dogs for their own.
7. Expected Lifespan of 12 to 16 Years
Speaking of which, there are claims that Affenpoos have an expected lifespan of 12 to 16 years. This is on the somewhat longer end for dogs as a whole, but this isn’t particularly unusual for smaller dogs, which tend to be longer-lived than their bigger counterparts. The exact reason for that still needs more investigation, but one of the biggest factors seems to be that smaller dogs just age at a slower rate than bigger dogs.
8. Can Have a Number of Different Coat Colors
Naturally, Affenpoos can have a number of different coat colors. The ones that have been claimed include black, brown, chocolate, gray, and tan. Besides that, Affenpoos tend to have short to medium-length fur.
9. Might Be Hypoallergenic
Affenpoos might be hypoallergenic. This is because both Affenpinschers and Poodles are considered to be hypoallergenic thanks to their low-shedding coats as well as their relative restraint when it comes to slobbering. In practice, well, suffice to say that the topic of whether a particular dog breed is hypoallergenic or not can get real complicated real fast. The gist of it is that different people can be allergic to different proteins, which is problematic because different dog breeds produce those different proteins in different quantities.
10. Not Guaranteed to Be Healthier
Hybrid dogs have a reputation for being healthier than their purebred counterparts. There is evidence that supports this in an aggregate sense. However, it is important to remember that what is true in an aggregate sense is by no means guaranteed to apply to the individuals that make up the aggregate. In other words, it is very much possible for Affenpoos to have health issues, meaning that Affenpoo owners will want to make sure that their dogs get regular check-ups. In this as in other things, preventative healthcare is beneficial because it makes for faster detection, which in turn, makes for better outcomes.
11. One Parent Is Sometimes Called the Monkey Terrier
The Affenpinscher is sometimes called the Monkey Terrier. This can seem strange until one learns that the dog breed’s name comes from affe, which is German for “ape” or “monkey.” As for why Affenpinschers are sometimes called Monkey Terriers, well, their face can have a fair amount of resemblance to those creatures. The same may or may not be true for Affenpoos, though the chances of it happening are lower because of the influence of the other side of their heritage.
12. One Parent Is a Pinscher
Moving on, pinscher refers to a number of related dog breeds meant for ratting, fighting, and guarding. The German Pinscher is considered to be the prototypical pinscher, which makes sense because it was used to create a number of pinschers. Having said that, it isn’t clear what the name means. One line of speculation is that pinscher comes from the French for “to nip,” “to seize,” and “to bite,” all of which are apt terms for these dog breeds.
13. One Parent Was Meant to Be a Ratter
Unsurprisingly, Affenpinschers weren’t meant for either fighting or guarding. Instead, they were meant for ratting, which was an extremely important task in a time when people were reliant on stored food for their continuing survival. This explains a lot about why these dogs are sometimes called Monkey Terriers even though they aren’t terriers, seeing as how terriers are dogs meant to hunt vermin. Nowadays, Affenpinschers are like other pinschers in that they have made a successful transition to being companion animals for the most part.
14. One Parent Is Fearless
Unsurprisingly, this means that Affenpinschers are rather fearless. Vermin might not seem particularly physically threatening to humans. However, it is important to remember that Affenpinschers are much smaller, meaning that they are much closer in size to their intended targets. A lot of predators are actually quite hesitant to fight under those circumstances because any injury can reduce their chances of survival, but dog breeds meant to go after vermin are consistently fearless creatures for obvious reasons. Amusingly, Affenpinschers can be very brave even when they are facing something bigger than themselves, which can be true for Affenpoos as well.
15. One Parent Is Territorial
On a related note, Affenpinschers are on the territorial side of things when it comes to their food as well as their toys. Due to this, they aren’t good choices for households with small children. This is particularly true because small children tend not to be good at handling small dogs, which are much more susceptible to injury than their bigger counterparts. Affenpoos may or may not be territorial as well. They can inherit this from the Affenpinscher side of their heritage, but they can be more amiable instead because of the other side of their heritage. In any case, this is definitely something that interested individuals should watch out for.
16. The Other Parent Comes in Multiple Sizes
As mentioned earlier, there are different Poodles with different sizes. Generally speaking, there are three recognized varieties – the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Toy Poodle – which are standard-sized, smaller-sized, and smallest-sized. However, there are some places that also recognize Medium Poodles that are between Standard Poodles and Miniature Poodles in size. This is important because the exact kind of Poodle used to create an Affenpoo can have a huge impact on the latter’s size, thus explaining much about the latter’s variation in this regard.
17. The Other Parent Is Fond of Water
Poodles are fond of water. After all, their ancestors saw widespread use for retrieving game as well as ammunition from places filled with water, meaning that they have numerous adaptations meant to help them out in these tasks. In fact, it is interesting to note that the Poodle’s traditional lion clip is a consequence of this role. For example, the long hair on its chest provides extra insulation for its vitals. Meanwhile, its shorn hindquarters have less drag while the tufts of fur provide them with extra purchase in the water for increased ease of swimming. Affenpoos can be fond of water as well. However, interested individuals should always be careful because a fondness for water doesn’t guarantee that dogs will actually fare well in water. Lifejackets are a must for very good reasons.
18. The Other Parent Is Clever
Working dogs tend to be smart. After all, people can’t count on them to perform their intended tasks unless they possess the brainpower needed to do so. Poodles have a rather goofy reputation because of how they have been depicted in popular media, but the fundamental fact of the matter is that Poodles are some of the smartest dogs that can be found out there. As such, Affenpoos are often smart, meaning that they need regular mental stimulation.
19. Affenpoos Need Both Physical and Mental Stimulation
Naturally, Affenpoos need both physical and mental stimulation. They tend to be energetic dogs, so if they don’t get enough stimulation, they can start acting out in destructive as well as otherwise unwelcome ways. For that matter, it is just a good idea for people to spend more time with their Affenpoos. As mentioned earlier, these dogs are extremely social, thus making them better fits for people who want constant companions than for people who would prefer to have regular time to themselves. In other words, separation anxiety is a real potential concern.
20. Affenpoos Can Get Along with Some Pets Better Than Others
It is possible for Affenpoos to get along with other pets. Generally speaking, they do the best with other dogs that are respectful of their boundaries. Still, it is a good idea to socialize sooner rather than later, take things slowly, and make sure to supervise when it comes to getting Affenpoos to interact with other dogs. Unfortunately, it is common for Affenpoos to retain some prey drive thanks to their Affenpinscher side, so their chances of getting along with cats as well as other smaller pets are quite a bit lower.