Facts & Origin
Origin of the Affen Tzu
The Affen Tzu is a cross between the Affenpinscher and the Shih Tzu. Both breeds have a long history and are known for their distinctive traits and personalities. The Affenpinscher, often referred to as the "Affenhund," originated in Germany and was known as the Ratter. The Shih Tzu is an ancient breed from China, where it was revered in imperial palaces. This mix combines the rugged and alert nature of the Monkey Pinscher with the grace and friendliness of the Shih Tzu.
Suitability and Husbandry
Monkey Tzus make excellent companion dogs and fit well with families of all sizes and ages. They appreciate the company of people and often make loving and engaging pets. Their low maintenance needs and adaptability make them an excellent choice for both apartment and house dwellers. However, they do need enough mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
|Origin||Germany - Tibet|
|Life expectancy||10 - 16 years|
|Activity level||average - low|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Character traits of the monkey Tzu
Monkey Tzus are often lively, affectionate and alert. They inherit the playfulness and curiosity of the Monkey Tzu, as well as the friendliness and affection of the Shih Tzu. They are usually intelligent and respond well to training, although they can sometimes have a stubborn streak. Their alert and often barking characteristics can make them effective guard dogs, although their small size means they are not a physical threat.
Overall, the Monkey Tzu is a charming and lively little dog that fits well into a variety of households. With proper care and socialization, this breed mix can become a loving and dedicated family member.
Care & Health
Affen Tzus typically have medium to long coats that require regular grooming to prevent matting and knots. They can be prone to certain health conditions that are common in both the Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu breeds. These include eye problems, hip dysplasia and respiratory problems. Regular vet visits and a balanced diet are important to detect and prevent these problems.
What does this mixed breed look like?
Monkey Tzus are usually small dogs that combine the compact and rugged appearance of the Monkey Pinscher with the fine features and long coat of the Shih Tzus. Their coat colors can vary and often include shades of black, brown, white and gray. Their eyes are often large and expressive, and their ears can be either erect or drooping.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.
Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.
Dogs with shortened muzzles can often experience respiratory problems.
Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.
Some breeds, unfortunately, especially suffer from knee injuries of various kinds.
They are very affectionate, playful and energetic. They make the perfect family dog and are very good with children.
As a hybrid breed, it is difficult to say in advance how much care the dog will need.
The most common health problems in this hybrid breed are dental problems, hip dysplasia and respiratory problems. It is recommended to visit a veterinarian regularly to make sure the dog stays healthy.
No, in most cases dogs of this hybrid breed do not act aggressively. They are very playful and friendly with children and other pets.
It is important that the dogs receive sound basic training in obedience and habits.