The Affen Tzu: Everything you ever wanted to know
The Affen Tzu brings the intrepid and fearless nature of the Affenpinscher and blends it with the Shih Tzu’s sweet-natured personality. The Affen Tzu is a small dog that loves his family and wants to participate in all activities.
While the Affenpinscher dates back to Germany and the Shih Tzu dates back to China, these are of course both ancient breeds.
Affenpinschers were used for hunting rats and still retain their hunting instinct to this day. In contrast, the Shih Tzu was a favorite of Chinese royalty and didn’t leave the shores of mainland China until the 1900s.
However, the Affen Tzu is a relatively new breed that goes back just 30 years. Consequently, there isn’t much history to discuss here. One thing that can be said is that since this is a designer dog breed it is currently not recognized as a purebred by the AKC.
The Affen Tzu is a really small breed and will weigh, on average, between 10 and 14 pounds when he reaches adulthood.
Additionally, this breed can stand at a height of 10 – 12 inches tall.
The Affen Tzu can come in many different colors that include white, brindle, red, gray, and black.
The Affen Tzu’s coat tends to be thick and soft and it is considered low-to-non-shedding. Nevertheless, he will still need brushing once or twice a week to make sure that the coat remains tangle-free and shiny.
One of the things that you need to know about the Affen Tzus is that they may come with floppy ears which comes from the Shih Tzu side of the family.
So, in this case, you should also make sure to inspect and clean his ears on a weekly basis.
This way, you’ll be avoiding a potential infection which can actually become an issue for many Affen Tzu owners.
As we already mentioned above, the Affen Tzu is a little dog with a big spirit. In fact, Affen Tzus love to be around people.
However, it is worth pointing out that Affen Tzus can be a bit stubborn especially when someone or something enters “their” territory. This is a trait that Affenpinscher owners can definitely relate to unfortunately.
The truth is that they aren’t be afraid to get into a fight even with bigger dogs. This is why you need to consider socialization even from a young age.
This will train him to deal with other pets and even with younger kids which will minimize any inherent dangers present.
With an affectionate and energetic personality, Affen Tzus may tend to get the “small dog syndrome”. This means that he may decide that he is the one making the rules at the household when he isn’t trained properly.
While the Affen Tzus tend to be super alert, you can’t expect them to be watchdogs. However, this also depends on their own personality and there are some Affen Tzus that keep barking excessively.
This tends to occur more when you live in an urban and noisy environment or in an apartment with poor sound isolation.
Due to their potential stubbornness, Affen Tzus may be difficult to train. The reality is that they require a lot of patience and persistence.
So, you should keep in mind that you take a consistent and firm approach that shows him that you’re the leader and not him.
However, since they are very affectionate towards their families, it is always a good idea to offer rewards when he performs well. This will keep him motivated and engaged in the training process.
This is a rule for all dogs and not just the Affen Tzu.
One of the things that is incredibly important during the training is that all the family is involved, especially children.
Since the Affen Tzus tend to be stubborn and want to show they are in charge, it is important that you also teach your kids how they should show him that they’re the ones leading.
The Affen Tzu will be perfectly fine with a daily walk and some tossed balls in the dog park or in the yard. These will be more than enough to keep him both mentally stimulated and physically fit.
Besides, due to their small size, you can also do some little exercises inside the home as well.
Common Health Issues
One of the things that you may not know about designer dogs such as the Affen Tzu is that they tend to be healthier than their pure-bred parents.
This is what is known as “Hybrid Vigor“. However, it is always wise to look at both parents’ background health issues to determine any potential conditions that may come up.
Concerning the Affen Tzu specifically, it is important to keep in mind that their health is directly related to their body structure. In the event your Affen Tzu is more similar to the Affenpinscher, then he may have joint issues including patella luxation and hip dysplasia and some respiratory problems due to facial structure.
In the event your Affen Tzu is more similar to the Shih Tzu, then the Affen Tzu may suffer from eye and respiratory issues due to the flatter face and bulging eyes.
While the breed is relatively new, there isn’t still a lot of information about health issues. However, there are two that seem to particularly affect Affen Tzus:
#1: Tracheal Collapse:
This issue is related to respiratory problems and Affen Tzus may show difficulty breathing, inability to exercise for long periods, and honking cough. However, the dog can be diagnosed with a simple X-ray.
#2: BUAS (Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome)
This condition depends on the genetics that the Affen Tzus inherited from the parents. This issue tends to be prevalent in Affen Tzus due to their facial conformation.
Affen Tzus tend to suffer more when they are exercising in humid and warm weather. Consequently, care should be taken during these periods.
That’s it for this post guys! If you are an Affen Tzu owner however, please comment down below and let us know what is it that makes this designer breed such a hit.