Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Germany
Group: Toy
Height: 9 1/2-11 1/2 inches
Weight: 7-9 lbs
Life span: 11.4 years
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: older children
Good with other pets: moderate

What is the origin of the Affenpinscher?

Affenpinschers are one of the oldest of the toy breeds. In 17th century Europe there were many small terriers used for hunting vermin. In Germany the smaller terriers were pets as well as mouse killers. These became known as Affenpinschers. In German, Affen means “monkey” and pinscher means “terrier.” The French call them “moustached little devils.”

What does the Affenpinscher look like?

The Affenpinscher is 9 1/2-11 1/2 inches tall and weighs 7-9 lbs. The head is domed with a short muzzle. Ears can be erect, semi-erect or dropped. If cropped, the ears are pointed and erect. Eyes are round and dark. The tail is sometimes docked and carried erect. The coat is hard, medium length. Colors are black, gray, silver, red, black and tan or belge (red, black and white), with or without a black mask. The coat should be brushed 2-3 times a week.

What is the temperament of the Affenpinscher?

These little dogs can be very mischievous. Affenpinschers are very lively and playful and do well with older children. They get along well with other dogs and pets when raised with them. They can be stubborn and need early positive, consistent training. Patience is necessary for house training. Affenpinschers are bold and curious, like to bark and climb. They are affectionate with their family and very protective. Exercise can be games indoors or in the yard and short walks.

What is the Affenpinscher used for?

While they were once used to hunt vermin, Affenpinschers are mainly lap dogs today.

Health Issues
Kerato Conjunctivitis (KCS-decrease in tear production), Hyperadrenocorticism, cataracts, patellar luxation




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