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Affenpinscher

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Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a small dog with a harsh, shaggy coat. It is not considered a delicate dog though it is a smaller version of a working terrier. The body of this breed is square with a deep chest. The head is round with a pronounced stop. The nose is flat and turned-up. They have cropped ears, prominent round eyes, eyebrows that hang over the eyes, a bushy mustache and a beard. The neck is short and the limbs are straight and well-boned. The tail is customarily docked and is carried high. Because of its looks, it also carries the description of "monkey dog". Their coat is usually black or dark gray, but tan and red are also acceptable when showing the dog.

Temperament The breed is generally quiet, but can become intensely excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless toward any aggressor. Affens are willing to be trained but this needs to start early since they can be strong willed. Their intelligence and demeanor make them a good house pet.
Height, Weight Height: 9.5 to 11.5" ; Weight: 7-8 lbs.
Health Problems Some bloodlines are prone to fractures and slipped stifle. Purchasing a puppy from healthy stock will reduce the possibility of it having inherited problems. Due to their short-nosed breed, the Affenpinscher may suffer from respiratory problems in hot weather. This breed is an active, bold dog, but since they are small in stature, broken bones are potential problems. Regular exercise and a safe environment will help prevent this from occurring.
Living Conditions Affens do fine in either an apartment or house.
Exercise The Affen's need for exercise is low but be mindful that if they are not trained, they may run and not heed your command for them to stop.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming Regular brushing and tidying up is all the Affen needs.
Origin The Affenpinscher is currently one of the oldest known breeds in existence. They were in existence in the 17th century and similar breeds appear in paintings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In Germany where it originated, the word 'affen' means monkey and 'pinscher' means terrier. The Affenpinscher was the first of the monkey-faced dogs and is the ancestor of two other breeds, the Griffon Begle and the Griffon Brux ellosis. These breeds also exhibit monkey-like facial features. Although Affenpinschers show all the spunk of terriers, they are too small to be used as working dogs and are commonly kept for companionship purposes only. The Affenpinscher is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Toy, UKC Companion Dog