The Affenwich is a hybrid dog breed developed by crossing an Affenpinscher with a Norwich Terrier. Bred to be a companion dog, this mixed breed gets along with people of all ages and enjoys affection. The Affenwich has a low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat, just like it’s parents.
The Affenwich is a modern breed, and there is not much known about its history, other than what the parents are, and a bit about their history. The Norwich Terrier originated in the United Kingdom to repel vermin, like many of the dogs developed back then. They were also taken out on fox hunts and sent into the dens to clear them out.
The Affenpinscher dates back to the 1600s where it originated in Germany, to be farm dogs, in charge of hunting rats and mice. The breed became family pets during the 18th and 19th centuries after they were brought indoors to rid the kitchens of vermin during the day, and then to keep the lady of the house warm at night.
When it comes to the Affenwich, on average, there are no size differences between the males and females, both of which can grow to be between 9-11 inches and 7-10 pounds.
Affenwiches take on the physical traits from each of their parents, and even within the same litter, you can have puppies with very different looks. They tend to have dark eyes and noses and the possibility of an array of different colors; black, grey, red, sable, and brindle.
Affenwiches tend to have a medium length, normal density, wiry coat. Whether your Affenwich develops and underbite, like their Affenpinscher parent is predisposed to, they will have endearing facial qualities.
The parent breeds of the Affenwich are a mix of a terrier, and a terrier-like breed so Affenwiches are generally full of energy and alert. Too small to be a guard dog, they make great watchdogs as they can be yappy!
Affenwiches make great family dogs as they are good with children and other pets, though some make have a dislike for cats. They are lively, happy dogs, who are gentle and love to receive love and affection from their family.
Caring for Affenwiches
Affenwiches don’t require a lot of extra maintenance and care, nor do they need a lot of space, so these dogs make a great companion for a first-time dog owner, or someone who lives in an apartment.
Due to the size of Affenwiches, they don’t need a lot of food, when it comes to nutrition. Generally, 1 cup of a premium quality food a day is enough for this breed. Ideally, this portion would be split into two, with half a cup given in the morning and another half a cup given at supper time.
Since Affenpinschers are overeaters, you will need to be careful that you measure the amount of food your Affenchon is getting, to prevent the same issue. Meals high in protein are a great choice to help them burn off some of their excess energy.
The Affenwich’s coat should be brushed several times a week, no matter what consistency their coat takes, to ensure there are no mats or tangles in their hair. At the very minimum you should brush them at least once a week. If you let it go too long, it can be a nightmare to deal with.
A monthly trip to the groomers will be necessary to maintain a manageable coat length, as well as to cut the hair around the eyes, which can lead to eye irritation.
Affenwich Activity Levels
Affenwiches need plenty of room to stretch their legs and get some exercise, luckily plenty of room for them is not really that much room. It is recommended that they get 30 minutes of hard play, or a long walk, in to burn off their energy levels. Another good thing for Affenwiches is to have a spot where you can allow them to dig.
Overall, Affenwiches are pretty low maintenance. Their nails should be trimmed every month and pendant-eared versions of the breed will need their ears cleaned on a weekly basis as well.
All breeds, purebreds and crossbreeds alike, have a mix of common health issues associated with them. Some major concerns with Affenwiches are patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, mitral valve disease, patent ductus arteriosus, and legg-calve-perthes disease. Some minor concerns are cataracts, epilepsy, trachea collapse, and allergies, and occasionally they have dental issues.
With good care, the Affenwich has a life expectancy of 14 – 15 years.