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Affenpinscher

The Monkey Dog

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History

The determination and wiry coat hark back to terrier breeds, with a sprinkle of flat-nosed breeds, giving them their distinct expression. The Affenpinscher originally called the Miniature Pinscher his brother, with both often born in the same litter. These were often scrappy little farm dogs, helping to keep the farmsteads free of rodents.

Temperament

Affenpinschers can be a bit obstinate and might find the bird in the tree more interesting than heeling on leash. Distracting them and using play tactics work better than issuing orders. Bribes work too! Like monkeys, they can be mischievous, teasing other household pets. Other animals should be introduced when Affenpinschers are puppies – they're not crazy about sharing toys.

Appearance

The coat might be one of many colors: black, red, gray, silver, or black and tan. The dog may be totally natural or have his ears cropped and tail docked.

Training

These dogs' intelligence makes them good candidates for obedience or agility. They'll eagerly run through a tunnel to bark furiously at a caged rat. Firm, consistent, but gentle trainers have the greatest success in keeping the Affenpinscher's attention and respect.

Grooming & Care

Keep the coat from irritating the large eyes. Brush at least once a week. Neatness can be maintained by trimming with scissors or hand stripping like a terrier. The brachycephalic facial features mean care should be taken with extreme heat or cold.

Health Concerns

Some bone diseases, so wise to choose from OFA parents. Some may have heart murmurs or kidney problems. Hypothyroidism can occur.

Famous Affenpinscher

Banana Joe, the first Affenpinscher to win Best in Show at the Westminster dog show.

Ideal Owner
Activity LevelModerate
ScheduleFull-time (but no overtime)
Personal StylePlayful, Confident
Training StyleConsistent, Firm, Positive
HomeAnything goes with enough exercise
ChildrenGentle and respectful kids
ExperienceDefinitely preferred
Quick Facts
SizeToy
GroomingEasy to care for - brush weekly
ExerciseModerate - needs to walk or play every day
TrainingLearns well but bores easily
TempermentAlert, Bold
ChallengesBarking, stubbornness
Height8 to 14 inches
Weight7 to 12 pounds
Life12 to 14 years
Home AloneBores easily and can get into mischief
With KidsFine with older kids
With StrangersWary
AvailabilityRare and may have a waiting list

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