As the Affenpoo is a crossbreed, they don’t have history as an independent breed. Both parent breeds, however, have extensive histories. The Affenpinscher was used as a ratting dog, and the breed was perfected to excel at this purpose. Their small size, intelligence, and high prey drive made them skilled, but, nowadays, they’re more likely to be found as a family companion. The Poodle was once a duck-retrieving dog. Talented swimmers with great recall skills, they were beloved for this purpose. However, their intelligence and great trainability makes this breed versatile for many purposes. Although often characterized as a prissy show dog, the Poodle is just as happy participating in dock-diving or agility as they are in a show ring.