The Affen Spaniel is a hybrid of the Affenpinscher and the Cocker Spaniel. Cute and small-sized, Affen Spaniel dogs have risen in popularity over the past decade. The Affenpinscher can be traced to 17th century Germany, when they were actually much bigger than the terrier-like breed they are classified as today. The Cocker Spaniel, which is bigger than the Affenpinscher, is associated with the United States and the United Kingdom. In both places, the Cocker Spaniel was bred to hunt birds. It is not clear when, where or why the Affenpinscher and the Cocker Spaniel were bred with each other.
|Life Span:||10-14 Years|
|Nicknames:||Affenpinscher Hybrid Dog or Cocker Spaniel Hybrid Dog|
Affen Spaniel Build Information
Usually slightly bigger than Affenpinschers but smaller than Cocker Spaniels, the Affen Spaniel is typically 10 to 15 inches in height and 15 to 25 pounds in weight. The coat is medium haired and curly, with short hairs on the head. Coat color can be black, golden, gray, light brown or dark brown, or a black-and-white combination. Other notable physical features include a round head, short muzzle, short legs, and teeth that meet in scissor bites.
|Length (Male):||13-20 in.|
|Length (Female):||10-12 in.|
|Weight:||15 - 25 lbs|
Behaviour and Personality
Affen Spaniels do not make the best outdoor dogs, and they are not ideal for cold climates. However, they are very cute and lovable dogs, with deep reservoirs of energy and intelligence. They also make good alert dogs, since they quickly bark when they sense that something is wrong.
|Activity Level:||Very Active|
|Affection Level:||Very Affectionate|
|Energy Level:||Very Active|
Ideally you should brush the coat of your Affer Spaniel every day. However, you have the option of taking the animal to a professional dog groomer once every four weeks to ensure that the dog’s appearance is top-notch. Also check the dog’s ears and feet pads. If you see excess hair sprouting from under and inside the ears or between the pads of the feet, trim it. It is not advisable to get this dog if you cannot put aside time for a substantial amount of grooming.
|Colors:||Black, Black & White, Gold, Gray, Light Brown|
Affen Spaniel Common Health Conditions
The common health issues of Affen Spaniels is not known. However, you can check on the health histories of the Affenpinscher and the Cocker Spaniel to take note on any ailments common with them.
Affen Spaniel Pet Insurance
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.
Breed Talents and Facts
The Affer Spaniel is not officially recognized by any of the well-known dog registries. The name of the dog is a portmanteau of the first two syllables of the word “Affenpinscher” and the second half of the name Cocker Spaniel. The alternate names for the Affen Spaniel are mere references to its ancestors, rather than actual nicknames. It can be called an Affenpinscher Hybrid Dog or Cocker Spaniel Hybrid Dog, depending on your preference or the major characteristics it exhibits.