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The Affenpinscher, although a small dog, is not fragile by any means. Thought to be related to the group of working terriers this dog looks like a little bearded monkey and some people say that “he is so ugly he is cute!”.

This spunky dog is thought to have origins in Germany where it was probably used as a ratter. He was probably a larger size then and was bred down in the 1700 and 1800’s to make a smaller house pet. The Affenpinscher makes a good watch dog as well as a mouser.

Breed Specifics
The Affenpinscher is part of the AKC Toy and Terrier groups and was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1936.
Height: 10-15 inches
Weight: 7-8 pounds
Longevity: 10 - 12 years

The Affenpinscher is deep chested with a compact square body, a round head with a pronounced stop. He has dark round eyes. The lower jaw is undershot which gives the dog a distinctive look. His tail is carried high and should be cut to 2/3 the length. Ears are hairy and should also be docked. He has a wiry coat with curly undercoat.
Colors: black, tan, red, dark gray

The Affenpinscher has many of the traits of a terrier and is a fearless companion. Mischievous, stubborn, playful and inquisitive, this little guy has lots of personality. He typically does get along well with other pets particularly if they are raised together. This is a friendly dog that loves to hang around with his family but can be protective of food and toys so little ones should be watched around the Affenpinscher. Although smart, he will need firm training as he is rather stubborn. Like most small dogs, they can be difficult to housebreak but learn commands quickly. This dog does not get excessively yappy but can become loud when threatened. The Affenpinscher is not afraid of anything so it’s best to keep him on a tight leash when around larger dogs that he may see as a threat.

Health Issues
The Affenpinscher is a relatively healthy breed. This is a short nosed breed which may have respiratory problems in the summer. Some can be prone to slipped stifle and fractures.

The Affenpinscher can be a good apartment dog and does not need excessive exercise but should be taken for a walk each day as well as engaged in playtime indoors.

Grooming One of the nice things about the Affenpinscher is that he does not shed much. His harsh bristly coat should be kept long as cutting it short can cause damage to the coat. Make sure to brush your. Brush your Affenpinscher at least once a week and check the corners of his eyes for hairs that may irritate the eye.

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