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Nicole Cosgrove

June 10, 2021
The Affenhuahua is a cross of the Chihuahua and the Affenpinscher. He is a toy cross or mixed breed who has talents in watchdog, tricks and agility. He is also known as the Affen Chi and a Chihuahua/ Affenpinscher Mix. He has a life span of about 15 years and is a sensitive dog who is a little bit too fearless considering his size!
Here is the Affenhuahua at a Glance
Average height 6 to 11 inches
Average weight 4 to 6 pounds
Coat type Short or long depending on what type the Chihuahua was
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Low
Shedding Low
Brushing Twice a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Moderate but need socialization and best with older ones
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good but needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus
Other Health Concerns Shivering, Hip Dysplasia
Life Span 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $630

Where does the Affenhuahua come from?

The Affenhuahua is a first generation dog deliberately bred. These are being called Designer dogs by many and with these dogs there is often not much information on where they are from, and it is not possible to garnettee how they will turn out. While there are some things they may have in common there are more differences from one puppy to another even in the same litter than you would find with purebred dogs. Over the last twenty years the increase in their popularity as shot up. Many celebrities can be seen with one or more and this has added to the public’s demand for them. Some are more popular than others and can be found for some pretty high prices.

If you are looking at getting a designer dog take care who you buy from as there are a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills out there. They only care about making money so do not look after their animals, create breeds just in the hopes of getting a popular one that can make more cash for them, and do not care whether a dog is a good fit for a prospective owner or not.

The Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher originates from Germany and was bred as a ratter. It was his job to catch rats and mice around stables, homes and shops. When they were bred to be smaller they became companion dogs that ladies would carry around with them.

They have mischievous nature today, being bold and intelligent. They are a typical Small Dog in a big dog’s body though and will not back down from anything. He can be excitable but he loves new things and travels very well because of that. He is a rare breed now though.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua does not have origins as clear as some Pure Breeds . The Chihuahua as we know him can be found in the 1850s in Mexico in a state called Chihuahua hence his name. Americans visiting there brought him home and people fell in love with how small he was. He has grown in popularity and is the 11th top favorite dog out of 155 AKC recognized breeds.

Today he is a bold and confident dog, alert and suspicious and quite sensitive. He usually bonds more closely to one person and can be reserved around others. If not socialized he can be timid.


The Affenhuahua is a friendly and social Small Dog who enjoys being around people who offer him a lot of attention and affection. He is senstiive and intelligent but he can also be stubborn and a bit too brave sometimes. He tends to bond more closely with one person in the family and that tends to be whoever feeds him and offers him the most affection! He is a sweet guy and loves to cuddle with you on your lap. He can be a good family dog with socialization and training but might be better with a single or couple owner.

What does the Affenhuahua look like

He is a Small (toy) dog weighing just 1 to 6 pounds and standing 6 to 11 inches tall. He can be short haired or long haired depending on which his Chihuahua parent was. Common colors are white, blue, brown and black. He is fine bones and quite delicate and is one of the smallest dogs there are. His legs are short but are in proportion to the rest of him. He has a long tail that thins as it reaches the tip and has a sickle curve. He has a short muzzle and round head with a black nose and round eyes. His ears can be pricked and upright, floppy or folded at the top.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Affenhuahua need to be?

He is a slightly active dog so does not need a lot of exercise to keep him healthy and happy. In fact he can get much of what he needs from his indoor play and that with his size makes him an ideal dog for Apartment living. He should still be taken out at least once a day as something different to do to give him different stimulation. Most dog parks have a minimum size limit which in most cases is going to rule him out but if you do have somewhere local you can take him to socialize and play that is a good thing. Just watch him as he does not believe his size should prevent him from interacting or annoying much larger dogs!

Does he train quickly?

This is a moderately easy to train dog so while training will not be super quick it will not be painfully slow either. He can be stubborn but stick with it and use positive methods to keep him motivated. Praise him for his successes and treats are also something he will appreciate. As he can be sensitive any impatient or negative treatment will make things a lot slower. Be firm and consistent making sure he knows you are the boss. With a lot of Small breeds there can be issues with house training. Just because he is small does not mean he should be spoiled or treated as a baby. He is a dog and is happier when he is given boundaries and has a firm owner. Early socialization and training are important for any dog but for the Affenhuahua it is needed to help with how he gets on with other pets, dogs and children.

Living with a Affenhuahua

How much grooming is needed?

There is not a lot of maintenance needed for this dog, especially if he is short coated. He is Low shedding and therefore needs brushing just a couple of times a week. There is a chance he is Hypoallergenic but if that is an important thing you need from your dog you should take the person with the allergies to visit the puppy before buying. Give him a bath when he gets dirty, bathing with anything over than a dog shampoo or doing it too often can damage the natural oils in his skin. Check his ears for infection and wipe them clean, clip his nails when they get too long and brush his teeth two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

This is not a dog who is naturally good with children, other pets or other dogs! He needs early socialization and training to help him. Also keep in mind that his size and fragility mean he should not be left alone with young children who may not remember to take care over how they touch him. He can get overly bold with Large Dogs, not recognizing his small size means he should be more wary.

General information

The barking will be rare and he is not a dog you can always trust to be alert and let you know of intruders. He should be fed 1/4 to 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food split into two meals a day. He is better in warmer climates than cold ones.

Health Concerns

There are no health problems specific to this dog but he can come down with the usual doggy illnesses and there are health concerns he could inherit from his parents. Those include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Legg-Perthes Disease, Heart murmurs, Shivering and Hip Dysplasia. When buying a puppy you should visit it at the breeders before you buy so that you can assess the type of breeder you are dealing with and the health of the puppy.

Costs involved in owning a Affenhuahua

This puppy could cost between $300 to $750 though prices can vary depending on a number of factors like location, popularity and age. Other initial costs come to between $360 to $400 for things like a carrier, crate, collar and leash, neutering, micro chipping, blood tests, deworming and vaccinations. Annual medical primary costs for things like flea prevention, check ups, health insurance and shots come to between $435 to $535. Non-medical essential costs for things like food, treats, toys, license, training and possibly long hair grooming come to between $530 to $630.


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The Affenhuahua is a sweet toy dog who bonds very closely to his owner though he can still be friendly to others too. He needs help with getting along with other pets, dogs and children though. He is small but he has a big heart and is very loving.

Featured Image Credit: Blick, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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