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Are you looking for a cute pet that is easy to train, good with young children, and will love you unconditionally? Then this article is for you!

The Affenhuahua is a designer toy dog, meaning it is a hybrid between two purebred dogs. The Affenhuahua was developed during the designer dog movement in the late '90s, in the United States, by crossing the tiny Mexican Chihuahua and the German Affenpinscher. Breeders wanted to mix the two small breeds to create a loving lapdog, that could alert its owners of potential intruders or any sort of danger. Parental breeds of the Affenhuahua are compact and small dogs, but they have different personalities. A Chihuahuas' personality is fairly aggressive but it's very intelligent, whereas the Affenpinscher has a playful and fun-loving personality! Making the mixed Affenhuahua adaptable to various environments as they inherit some of the best traits from the parents; they are small size dogs with high energy levels, look cute, training them is not difficult, they are very intelligent, the temperament of this breed type is sociable, alert, and brave.

The Affenhuahua Affenpinscher Chihuahua mix breed is predisposed to some of the same health issues and conditions that the Chihuahua and Affenpinscher dog breeds face. Generally, these dogs are healthy, but some are prone to a few health issues, therefore it is important to have regular veterinary checkups. Some common health problems Affenhuahuas suffer from include collapsed trachea, hip dysplasia, dental disease, patellar luxation. An Affenhuahua can also fall sick if it gains too much weight, proper exercise such as at least an hour-long walk every day with a couple of play sessions should be done and taken care of by the owners. An Affenhuahua dog hates being left alone, and requires constant attention from its owner, leaving them alone for a long time may cause a lot of stress and health issues as well. It should not be left alone with young children, as this dog breed is delicate and fragile, playful children could unconsciously hurt the small dog.

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Fun Affenhuahua Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?

3- 4

How much do they weigh?

4-12 lb (1.8-5.4 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

6-12 in (0.1-0.3 m)

What do they look like?

Brown, cream, black

Skin Type

Hair or fur

What were their main threats?

Wild Animals

What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them?

Houses, Dog Shelters


United States









Affenhuahua Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an Affenhuahua?

An Affenhuahua is a domestic dog belonging to the Animalia kingdom.

What class of animal does an Affenhuahua belong to?

An Affenhuahua belongs to the Mammalia class. They are a cross breed between Chihuahua and Affenpinscher. Other popular Chihuahua mix breeds are Chihuahua Terrier mix and Corgi Chihuahua mix.

How many Affenhuahuas are there in the world?

Accurate data about their population size is unknown.

Where does an Affenhuahua live?

Affenhuahuas can be found in the United States.

What is an Affenhuahua's habitat?

The Affenhuahua breed has good adaptability to various housing environments, they do, however, prefer living in colder and cooler climates, and do not like having other pets in the same house because they are territorial and protective of their owners.

Who do Affenhuahua live with?

An Affenhuahua puppy lives in a pack with other puppies, or live with people. After reaching a certain age, they prefer being the only dog, or pet in a house.

How long does an Affenhuahua live?

An Affenhuahua has a good life span and lives up to 13 - 15 years.

How do they reproduce?

Domestic dogs reach sexual maturity when they are 6-12 months of age, this applies to both males and females. Pregnancy is possible as soon as the first estrus cycle or the first phase of heat. However, breeding is not recommended before the second cycle. Since the Affenhuahua is a mixed breed of a Chihuahua and an Affenpinscher, it does not have a breeding cycle. Whereas, both parent breeds have heat cycles just like any other domestic dog breed. Chihuahuas experience a heat cycle every six months or nine months. Most heat cycles in dogs last about 21 - 28 days, Chihuahuas enter their first heat phase when they are six months of age. Designer breed dogs are mixed-breed dogs, bred from parents of two pure breeds. Recent studies and research have shown that cross-bred dogs have several desirable reproductive traits. Female cross-bred dogs are better and superior compared to purebred mothers as they produce more and better quality milk.

What is their conservation status?

The IUNC Red List of Threatened Species has Not Evaluated the species. They are, however, quite rare and difficult to find as the parent breed, Affenpinscher itself is a rare dog breed.

Affenhuahua Fun Facts

What do Affenhuahua look like?

The Affenhuahua breed is a mix between a Chihuahua and an Affenpinscher and has physical characteristics of both, they are compact and small dogs with lean bodies supported by slender limbs, they have round heads covered with curly fur, large triangular ears, sharp and dark eyes, and tails of medium size. Their coat is medium in length and usually, looks scruffy. Affenhuahuas is a low shedding, hypoallergenic breed with fur that is often quite dense and rough to the touch, thus high maintenance grooming is not required. The primary colors of this dog breed are brown, cream, and fawn, with grey or white markings. There are two main coat shades of this dog breed, it is either dark grey or black. Overall, Affenhuahuas bear an uncanny resemblance to their parent breed, Affenpinscher more so than the Chihuahua.

Interesting facts about the Affenhuahua including temperament, exercise, and owner tips.

*Please note, that this is an image of a Chihuahua, one of the parent breeds of the Affenhuahua. If you have an image of an Affenhuahua please let us know at [email protected]

How cute are they?

These small dogs are adorable, as puppies and as adults! A puppy Affenhuahua looks like a toy because of how tiny it is, thus it's also commonly called the toy dog. An Affenhuahua's personality is charming, the actions and gestures displayed by an Affenhuahua make it even cuterm with twirls, short spins, and rolling.

How do they communicate?

We do not have information exclusive to the Affenhuahua breed. However, dogs have been living with humans for over 30,000 years now. They have evolved and developed certain skills that allow them to communicate better with humans. Dogs communicate vocally, and through visual actions. Visual communication includes modifying or moving different parts of their body to interact, observe and share the information, various postures and gestures, mouth and head positioning, modifying eye gaze, licking and sniffing, ear and tail positioning, facial expressions. A dog has an extensive and impressive repertoire of vocal, visual, and olfactory signals which allows it t0 have conspecific and heterospecific communication, dog to dog, and dog to human. Dogs usually use the same behavioral repertoire or signals while communicating with dogs and humans, though the signals are the same their meaning may differ when directed towards humans. Vocal, or auditory communication includes growls, barks, howls, whines and whimpers, low and high-pitched screams, sighs, and pants. Olfactory or gustatory communication involves analyzing scents and pheromones in their surroundings.

If a dog is not familiar with your scent they might get a little defensive and send signals indicating that they want you to maintain distance. Once they get a good sniff of you and are familiar with your scent, they will always greet you with tail wags and happy gestures. A dogs' tail plays a vital role when it's trying to communicate, as the tail is usually the first thing humans observe in a dog to understand its mood. To communicate willingness, positive and good mood, and confidence a dog's tail is held tall. On the contrary, when a dog is anxious, has negative emotions, and has an unpleasant mood its tail is held low or tucked between its limbs. When excited and happy a dog wags its tail loosely from side to side to communicate friendliness and a playful mood. However, a wagging tail does not necessarily mean that the dog is friendly, a dog can display excitement and friendly signals but may switch to aggressive, or defensive signals in an instant if they don't take a liking to you.

How big is an Affenhuahua?

An Affenhuahua is 6-12 in (0.1-0.3 m) tall.

A yak is nearly six times bigger than an Affenhuahua!

How fast can an Affenhuahua run?

We do not have information regarding the speed of an Affenhuahua. However, a Chihuahua (the parent breed) can run 10-15 mph (16-24.1 kph)! The fastest dog in the world, however, is the greyhound.

How much does an Affenhuahua weigh?

The average weight of an Affenhuahua is between four to 12 lb (1.8-5.4 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Dogs in general with no regard to their breeds have common names. Male dogs are simply called dogs or studs. A female dog is called a bitch, whereas a pregnant female dog is called a dam. Even the female dog puppy is called a bitch.

What would you call a baby Affenhuahua?

Affenhuahua babies are simply called puppies or pups.

What do they eat?

Affenhuahuas are known for gaining weight really fast followed by related health issues, maintaining an appropriate and healthy weight is essential for your dog no matter what breed. An Affenhuahuas' diet must include protein, ground bone, healthy fats, and good quality dog food packed with necessary vitamins, and minerals to maintain good health, appropriate weight, high energy level, and make your dog gets proper exercise daily!

Many wild animals can be considered predators of the species, such as the gray fox.

Are they slobbery?

Yes, they are moderately slobbery.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes! They make fantastic family pets, but before you decide to keep or adopt one, there are a few things you must know about an Affenhuahua, this dog, especially the Affenhuahua puppy requires constant attention, despite its reputation for being aloof and unwelcoming towards other animals, it needs to be around his, or her owner nearly all day. Leaving the dog alone frequently, or for a long time may cause stress, anxiety, and trigger depression, followed by health issues. Therefore, if you are someone who is away from home frequently, we do not recommend the Affenhuahua as a pet. Training them may be a little difficult for novice dog owners as they are a little stubborn. These dogs will obey every command and in a moment will switch to being mischievous, and ignorant. This can be resolved by giving them proper training at an early age. However, its larger-than-life personality makes up for its stubbornness. These fun-loving, joyful dogs will bring a ton of laughter and entertainment into your family!

Did you know...

An Affenhuahua dog has many names Affen chi, and toy dog are some examples.

Do Affenhuahua need grooming?

The Affenhuahua does not shed much and requires brushing once, or twice a week, they are low maintenance and require minimal grooming.

How many babies do Affenhuahua have?

The average litter size of an Affenhuahua is three to four pups. They do not have breeding cycles like other purebred domestic dogs.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these kangaroo facts and mole facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring one of our free printable Affenhuahua coloring pages.

*Please note that the main image is of an Affenpinscher, one of the parent breeds of the Affenhuahua. If you have an image of an Affenhuahua please let us know at [email protected]

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