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Affenpoo Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics and Facts

Affenpoo Overview

The Affenpoo is a crossbreed dog joining the ranks of Poodle crosses. A mix between the lesser-known Affenpinscher and the Poodle, this dog is known to be intelligent and eager to learn. Although the cross occurs between any of the three recognized Poodle sizes, the Affenpoo’s most common parent is a Toy or Miniature Poodle.

The Affenpoo’s parent breeds — particularly the Poodle — are renowned for their intelligence and trainability. They are highly social and enjoy going wherever their dog parents may roam. Because of their intelligence and demeanor, new dog parents may enjoy this breed mix’s ability to train easily. This breed mix also shows restraint and patience, an aspect of the Poodle that shines through. An Affenpoo is also a good candidate if you are looking for a companion dog.

Dogsbreed.org share the Affenpoo’s status as a crossbreed means that they’re unlikely to be found up for adoption. Still, there are millions of dogs waiting for homes in shelters. When looking for a specific breed, make an effort to adopt from a shelter or rescue. There are many similar mixes of Affenpinschers and Poodles looking for new homes.


Affenpinscher and Poodle Pictures

(Photo Credit Left to Right: NBC/Getty, Tara Gregg/EyeEm/Getty)

Affenpoo Highlights

  • The Affenpoo loves to be close with their human companions. If you have the ability to bring your pup to work, this breed would be more than happy to come along.
  • For dog parents who don’t enjoy grooming, this breed won’t be a great fit. They’re known for a thick, easily-overgrown coat.
  • Affenpoos can be good fits for a variety of lifestyles, but their need to be close to their people should be considered. For dog parents who travel often, they likely aren’t a great fit.

Affenpoo History

As the Affenpoo is a crossbreed, they don’t have history as an independent breed. Both parent breeds, however, have extensive histories. The Affenpinscher was used as a ratting dog, and the breed was perfected to excel at this purpose. Their small size, intelligence, and high prey drive made them skilled, but, nowadays, they’re more likely to be found as a family companion. The Poodle was once a duck-retrieving dog. Talented swimmers with great recall skills, they were beloved for this purpose. However, their intelligence and great trainability makes this breed versatile for many purposes. Although often characterized as a prissy show dog, the Poodle is just as happy participating in dock-diving or agility as they are in a show ring.

Affenpoo Size

The Affenpoo is typically a small dog, but their personalities might convince you otherwise. The breed is found in a variety of coat colors contributed by the parent breeds, ranging from white to blue. With no breed standards as a crossbreed, they can come in any variety of color combinations. The breed’s thick coat can sometimes make them seem larger than life.

Affenpoo Personality

The Affenpoo may be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re placated with a stroll around the park. The Affenpoo needs a dedicated daily walk, indoor playtime, and other activities to keep their minds active. They may even enjoy sporting events like dog agility.

Many newer dog owners believe that a small breed automatically means a great apartment dog. However, the Affenpoo may not be a good fit. They can be overprotective and noisy, which isn’t always compatible with apartment living.

Affenpoo Health

The Affenpoo is often healthy and long-lived — great news for anyone looking to bring one home. However, there are some known health issues to be aware of with this breed.

  • Patellar luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia

Affenpoo Care

The Affenpoo is an emotional, needy breed that craves interaction. They would likely be happy in a home where dog parents are often present. Additionally, they often enjoy the company of another canine companion. Walks shouldn’t be missed, as this breed will become anxious and possibly destructive with a lack of exercise. Although dog walkers can be helpful for when dog parents are away, keep in mind that the Affenpoo is known to be wary of new faces.

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Affenpoo Feeding

The Affenpoo should be fed a diet consistent with a small breed (in most cases) with high energy levels. The Affenpoo has a thick, constantly growing coat. Consider supplementing the diet with foods that can help coat health, such as salmon oil. Because all dogs are unique in their diet requirements, it’s best to consult your veterinarian to determine the best food to feed your pup.

Affenpoo Coat Color And Grooming

The Affenpoo’s coat is far from low maintenance. When considering this breed, keep in mind that they absolutely need daily brushing. Their thick coats easily become matted and need regular bathing and trimming. This breed is also prone to tear staining below the eyes. Professional grooming may be needed to keep your pup looking their best. Additionally, remember to keep nails trimmed, like with all dog breeds. 

Affenpoo Children And Other Pets

There are some factors to consider before adding the Affenpoo to your family. Typically, this pup is eager to get along with just about everyone. But remember that the Affenpinscher’s high prey drive applies to this crossbreed. Small animals such as hamsters or rats may not be good fits for a home with the Affenpoo. While usually friendly with children, be sure that children in the home aren’t too rough. Rough handling may lead to nipping or other undesirable behaviors.

Affenpoo Rescue Groups

There are no breed specific rescues for the Affenpoo, as they are a mixed breed. However, you can often find similar mixes up for adoption. Breed specific rescues for the Affenpinscher or Poodle often rehome mixed breeds, and so one of these may be a great option. Try browsing pups listed as “Affenpinscher mix” or “Poodle mix.” Sometimes, crossbreeds like the Affenpoo aren’t recognized by shelter employees, and may pass under the radar. Whatever the circumstances, try opening your home to a rescue pup.

Alva Thomas
Alva Thomas
Alva Thomas expert in training and caring for pet dog breeds. Whether he spending quality time with her own furry companions or contributing to websites such as Dogsbreed.org and Animalpet.com, dedicated to our canine.

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