The Affen Tzu is a relatively new mix between the Affenpinscher, a little-known ratter from Central Europe, and the Shih Tzu, one of the most popular purebred companions in the United States. Although this adorable dog has only been around for a few years, their parents are considered to be ancient breeds that can trace their origins back centuries. Early ancestors of the Affenpinscher have been seen throughout Germany during the 15th century ridding homes and stables of rodents while the Shih Tzu was a prized companion for Chinese royalty that were depicted in paintings from around 600 A.D! Eventually, the Affenpinscher was miniaturized to make a toy-sized household pet and grouped with the Shih Tzu's size, the Affen Tzu is a small, yet spunky companion.
Although the Affen Tzu is a combination of two very different backgrounds, their parents still share some similar characteristics such as their short muzzle and hypoallergenic coat. This mix can be seen with either a very pronounced stop to the muzzle length like the Shih Tzu or slightly longer like the Affenpinscher. Affen Tzus have a small, yet sturdy and compact body for their size with soft, medium-to-long length hair that is longer around the face and round dark eyes. Their ears can be seen either erect like the Affenpinscher or dropped like the Shih Tzu. Since the Affen Tzu is a cross between two different parent breeds, they will inherit physical traits from both the Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu. Some dogs may have more of an Affenpinscher appearance while some may have more Shih Tzu features.
Due to having one parent that is a terrier known for their ratting abilities and one that is a pampered fluffy pooch, the Affen Tzu can be found with a varying amount of personality types but they are generally known to be full of spunk and very affectionate towards their families. The Affenpinscher has a fearless temperament, always alerting their owners to unfamiliar sounds and strangers, while the Shih Tzu is the definition of a typical lap dog. Although a fairly intelligent mix, Affen Tzus can become stubborn during obedience training and require a gentle, yet firm owner to help them learn new disciplines and tricks. Both the Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu are considered to be somewhat active, only requiring daily walks or lots of playtime in the house or out in the backyard, making the Affen Tzu an ideal choice for apartments or small homes. The best way to understand the temperament of the Affen Tzu is to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of both the Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu, any combination of these characteristics can be found from either breed.