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Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher breed guide (other names: Monkey Dog)

origin:Germany
date origin:1600s
life expectancy:14 to 15 years
classification:Terrier
height:25 to 30 cm
weight:3 to 3 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonableclimate: Temperatein/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Undemandingsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The Affenpinscher is a dog known for its monkey look. In fact, in German, the words Affen and Pinscher mean literally “monkey terrier”. Although we can trace back the Affenpinscher´s history to the 17th century, it´s origins are unknown. Some pointed relatives of the Affenpinscher are pug-like dogs and several pinschers. As a terrier, the Affenpinscher was used as a ratter. As a toy dog, and one of the oldest breeds in this category, it was also appreciated by the ladies as a lap dog. This dual function granted him some popularity.

The breed was originally a bigger dog, but the demands for smaller dogs over the times made breeders miniaturize the Affenpinscher.

This breed is probably the “father” of the Brussels Griffons and a close relative to the miniature pinscher.

After centuries with a comfortable position as the pet of the house, the Affenpinscher suffered a major setback during the Second World War, from which it has never recovered. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1936, but the fact is that this dog is very rare, even in it´s native country.
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General appearance [ edit ]

The Affenpinscher is a toy dog whose height shouldn’t go beyond the 30 cm.

This dog has a monkey-like face, which gives him its name: round and brilliant eyes, well defined stop, short nose, high-set small ears and long eyebrows and beard give him the comical expression.

Squarely built, the body of the Affenpinscher is compact and boned with a high set tail that curves slightly.

The coat of the Affenpinscher is dense and wiry, giving him its shaggy look. The length of the hairs isn´t even, being longer around the neck and face, resembling a dame. The color isn’t a determinant factor in the Affenpinscher´s appearance. Black, gray, silver, red, black and tan, or belge (a combination of red, white and black hairs) are acceptable.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Although small, the Affenpinscher is fearlessness and bold, facing even the larger “enemy”. With the soul of a Terrier, the Affenpinscher has the comical side and playfulness of the monkeys, ensuring entertainment all day long.

They are affectionate towards their family, but not sociable with other animals or strangers. This is why they make great watchdogs but their size alone doesn’t offer any protection. Because of these traits early socialization is a must, to reduce their aggressiveness. However, the Affenpinscher does get along with other pets better than most terriers.

This little dog loves attention, but they aren’t recommended for young children. They are calm, but can become exited when teased.

The Affenpinscher lives happily in an apartment and doesn´t need a yard if properly exercised, meaning daily walks. Indoor plays are also appreciated by the dog but a good run outside from time to time is the icing on the cake. This breed is a little bit more demanding, exercise wise, than most of the Toy group.
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Health [ edit ]

The Affenpinscher doens´t cope well with extreme temperatures: too hot days or especially cold winters can bring health problems. The breed must always live indoors to avoid breeding problems related to the temperature.

This breed needs to be groomed two to three times a week.

Fairly healthy, the Affenpinscher has no major health concerns, although you should keep an eye on patellar luxation.
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20.06
tats said:
Very cute