Affenpinscher Training and Temperament
The Affenpinscher has a terrier like personality but they do tend to get along with other dogs and pets especially when they are raised with them. They are busy, bold, inquisitive, stubborn, playful and mischievous. Brave beyond its stature, the Affenpinscher likes to be boss. It is also very affectionate and great fun. It loves to be with its family.
It needs consistent, firm training. Ensure variety in the training so the dog does not become bored.
As with all dogs, Affenpinscher training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
The History Of The Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher is also known as the Monkey Terrier. They originated in Germany during the 1600's.
The Affenpinscher's origin is uncertain It is related to the Brussels Griffon and possibly to the terrier. The name "Monkey Dog" came about because of it’s facial structure, expression and personality. This toy dog is believed to have developed in Germany. Initially a farm dog and somewhat larger, the Affenpinscher was miniaturized to become a house pet sometime during the 18th and 19th centuries.
It will keep your house mouse free and give you plenty of warning of intruders. It’s primary role today is that of companion.
Description Of The Affenpinscher
Ears are erect and usually cropped to a point. Tails are docked and carried high
This breed averages 10 - 15 inches at the shoulder and weighs in at 7 - 8 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
Harsh wiry coat is short on the body, longer on head and legs. It has a pronounced mustache and beard which give the little dog it’s distinctive monkey like face.
Black is the preferred color but black with tan markings, red or gray mixtures are allowed.
The breed should not be bathed too often as this destroys the crisp, wire haired feel of the coat. The Affenpinscher's coat should never be clipped short as this spoils the coat for a number of years. Brush and comb weekly and it may be necessary to have the coat plucked. This should be performed by a dog-trimming specialist but the skill can be learned.
The Affenpinscher is a small dog with long rough facial hair. It’s a small working terrier and so is not a delicate dog. It has a square-body, with a deep chest and round head with a pronounced stop. The lower jaw is undershot and protrudes below the dog's short nose. The eyes are black, prominent and rounded. The arched neck is short and the limbs are straight and strong. The tail is carried high and docked to two thirds of its length. The ears are hairy and docked, pointed and erect. Some countries have banned docking of animal's tails and ears.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Affenpinscher is around 10 - 12 years.
Reported health problems are:
The tiny size and fearless nature can lead to broken bones.
Teeth require special care
Slipped stifle (subluxated patella) may cause the dog to have a "hitch" in its movement.
Prominent eyes are subject to scratches and ulcers.
Fungal infections in wrinkle between nose and eyes.
Occasionally seen are PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), and open fontanel. Like any short-nosed breed, the Affenpinscher may suffer from respiratory problems in hot weather.. Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Affenpinscher is good for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. These dogs are sensitive to temperature extremes. Overly warm living conditions are damaging to the coat.
Although it is an energetic and active little dog, its exercise needs can be met with indoor play. If you play with it regularly, its happiness will be complete. It will also enjoy a nice walk outside on the lead as well as chance to run around outside in a wide open-space.
For More Information on the Affenpinscher
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Affe means ape or monkey in German. An excellent companion for those whose physical abilities are limited. For its size, the Affenpinscher makes a good watchdog. This breed is fairly rare and finding a puppy might be difficult.
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