Affenpinscher' translates to 'monkey terrier' in German. (Probably because of their simian-like features.) And in France, they're known as diablotin moustachu, or 'mustachioed little devils.' Whatever you call them, these 'ruff'-n- tumble funny-faced pups make for fearless and quick companions who often have a penchant for catching pests.
Originally from Germany, this rare, high-energy breed can grow to between 7 to 9 pounds and live 12 to 14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the toy breed group — in fact, Affenpinschers are some of the world's oldest toy breeds.
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Aarea of origin||Germany|
|Average lifespan||12-15 years|
|Aaverag size of female||Height: 9-11.5 Weight: 7-9|
|Average size of male||Height: 9-11.5 Weight: 7-9|
|Breed’s original pastime||Pest control|
|Cold tolerance||Low tolerance|
|Date of origin||1600s|
|Ease of training||Easy to train|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Friendly|
|Grooming needs||High maintenance|
|Original function||Small vermin hunting, lapdog|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS AN AFFENPINSCHER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Affectionate Affenpinschers are very playful and fairly intelligent dogs. This dog is busy, curious, and brave. An Affenpinscher definitely knows its own mind but also has a wicked sense of humor.
Affenpinschers are family-friendly, but do best in supervised play with children.
WHAT IS AFFENPINSCHER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Though they may display 'terrier tenacity' on occasion, Affenpinschers usually get along fine with dogs, other pets, and small animals. Strangers are often friends an Affenpinscher just hasn't met yet. They're highly aware of their surroundings, so they'll probably let you know when someone's at the door, but their small stature and friendliness makes it hard for them to effectively protect you and your home.
Their high energy level means an Affenpinscher is happiest and healthiest with regular exercise, but indoor romps and games in the back yard will usually meet that need. Short leash-walks will also do nicely.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN AFFENPINSCHER?
Affenpinschers are somewhat prone to barking and have been known to climb, meaning these people-pleasers are fairly good candidates for both agility and obedience training. They'll benefit from early crate-training. Start 'em young and stay consistent — these smarties will respond to positive reinforcement.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO AFFENPINSCHERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Shaggy-chic, Affenpinschers have wiry, terrier-like coats, short (about one inch) on the body and shaggier on their heads, bellies, chests, and legs.
Affenpinschers are seasonal shedders, but they don't shed much compared to other dog breeds. Use your fingers to pull any mats apart, a metal-toothed comb and a soft-bristle brush will work on their coats otherwise.
Beards and bushy eyebrows give Affenpinschers their monkey-like appearance; their funny faces and rough coats require weekly tending to to keep this breed looking their best. Comb your harsh-coated friend a few times a week, and schedule a shaping once a season.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO AFFENPINSCHERS HAVE?
Affenpinschers can be prone to leg ailments, including hip dysplasia and slipping kneecaps). In some cases, they may also suffer heart defects and eye problems. If you notice your little buddy slowing down, limping, or having vision problems, consult your vet immediately. Keep an eye out for lost hair on your Affenpinscher's flanks — this might indicate a skin condition.
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