Affenshire is a cross between Yorkie and Affenpinscher. He is an inquisitive and charismatic friend whose trust is almost impossible to earn if you are not his master. This designer breed appeared relatively recently, so few people are familiar with it. To understand if this pet is right for you, let’s take a look at the main characteristics of Affenshire.
Affenshire Temperament and Intelligence
It is rather difficult to predict in advance what the character of a Yorkie and Affenpinscher puppy will be. Poor predictability is one of the drawbacks of hybrids, as the result can sometimes be completely contrary to expectations. But there are still basic character traits that Affenshire often inherited from his parents.
Affenshire is a small dog, but very temperamental. These animals have an inexhaustible supply of energy, anger, and various surprises, both pleasant and not so much. Of course, the small size makes this breed not very dangerous for an adult. That is, if the dog catastrophically dislikes a stranger on the street and decides to bite him on the leg, this is certainly unpleasant, but not fatal. One of the negative traits of character is willfulness and unpredictability. If the dog has a desire to do something, she will definitely do it.
This pet is in dire need of early socialization, it is simply necessary. In addition, you must constantly monitor the dog’s behavior, otherwise, it will quickly start to get out of control. In fact, this is the secret to success in dealing with Affenshire – constant monitoring of behavior and strictness, when necessary, gives a positive result.
From birth, dogs of this breed are spoiled by the attention, so they often take offense. More often than not, Affenshire’s friendliness is only shown to family members. Affenshire has a well-developed intuition, they sense any mood of the owner and quickly adapt to it in order to support the owner or to be happy with him.
Like any designer breed, Affenshire puppies can inherit any of their parents’ external traits. Some puppies will look more like Affenpinscher, others more like Yorkie. Both parent breeds are small, so Affenshire weighs 4-9 pounds on average and 8-11 inches tall. Females are usually smaller than males. Affenshire’s coat can be coarse medium in length or softer with long, silky tresses. It all depends on which of the parental genes are more influential. Coat colors are also quite unpredictable. Sometimes they are all black, gray, red, or brown. In other cases, puppies have a two-tone coat, in shades of blue and tan, black and tan, or blue and gold.
Affenshire is a very intelligent dog, but sometimes stubborn and disorganized. Being spoiled for attention and understanding one’s own “peculiarity” is the main obstacle in education. They use any means of manipulation and are often stubborn to demonstrate their character. In this case, the owner must accept the special disposition of the pet so as not to disturb its psyche.
Throughout the training process, you need to maintain a positive attitude, remain patient, and have enough treats in your pockets, and you need to be strict without yelling. It is necessary to start education and training at a very early age, no later than six months, and if training can be completed at some point, education and the formation of behavior will continue until old age.
You need to wash your dog as it gets dirty, using a special shampoo, balm, and oil to maintain the quality of the hairline. Brushing Affenshire is best done every other day to avoid tangles. Dogs’ claws are trimmed every 4-6 weeks, teeth are cleaned every 7 days. The eyes of the doggie should be examined daily, and once a week they should be wiped with a textile napkin moistened with a chilled tea infusion.
Ear examination is also a mandatory procedure. If a decent amount of sulfur deposit has accumulated inside the funnel, it should be carefully removed with a cloth moistened with disinfectant lotion. However, go to extremes and clean your ear “to shine” is not worth it. A small amount of sulfur is necessary for the animal since it prevents the penetration of sand, debris, and other microscopic foreign bodies deep into the body. Another step in the care is brushing your teeth. This should be done daily, 2 times a day.
Affenshire’s main diet is dry and wet industrial feeds of at least super-premium class. Natural nutrition for the breed is also not contraindicated, but it will have to be “strengthened” with purchased vitamins and mineral complexes.
Affenshire’s menu consists of products that are useful for all dogs, namely: any lean meat, sea fish fillets, low-fat kefir, and cottage cheese, quail eggs (once a week). Sometimes you can diversify the diet with cereal cereals – rice and buckwheat, but they should be cooked with the addition of meat.
The Affenshire is a healthy breed, but there are still some diseases to which it is susceptible:
- Patellar luxation
- Portosystemic shunt
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
The most important thing that the future owner must understand is that Affenshire constantly needs the love and attention of its owner. This is not a toy with which you can go out into the “light”, it is the most faithful and devoted friend. The boldness and spirit of this hybrid is a big part of what makes it so popular!