Affenpinscher is a breed of dog that is characterized as a terrier toy breed. It is a beloved dog, owned by millions, and a mainstay in dog shows around the world. Because of its size, it is a great family and lap dog. Cute and cuddly, it is a great companion.
Life Cycles and Lifestyles
The Affenpinscher has a long life span as compared to other species of domesticated dog. The average dog will live at least 11.4 years, although typically less than toy dogs, it is still much greater than you would see with bigger breeds.
They have a weakness as they are prone to slipped stifle, open fontanel, respiratory problems in hot weather and fractures without much provocation. They are also at a high risk for hip dysplasia and tracheal collapse.
The older they survive the more likely they are to have cataracts, which although not life threatening, it can compromise their ability to see.
Dating as far back as the seventeenth century, the Affenpinscher is of German descent. The name actually means ape or monkey in the German language. It is thought to be a mixture of the Griffon Bruxellois and the Miniature Schnauzer.
The original dogs resembling the breed we know today were bigger in size and came in a multitude of colors with other distinct marks that are not common on the breed we know today. Specifically bred to be working dogs, their job was originally to target rodents in peoples homes and stables.
The average Affenpinscher weighs between 6.5 to 13.5 pounds and is about 9 to 12 inches high. It has a coat which is described as harsh and rough which is why the name “ape” in German was given to the breed.
The coat of these little creatures has a maine that runs over the head and shoulder region and they have shorter hair around the back end. Most Affenpinscher are black, but for breeding purposes it is accepted to be red, black, brown or to have white hairs on the fur of these animals.
They are the ideal dog for someone who is looking for a breed of dog who does minimal shedding. The problem with their coat is that if it is not taken care of, it can be mangy and wiry.
They require a lot of grooming. Although there is no such thing as a dog that will not shed at all, they are on the low spectrum of other species who shed very much.
The Affenpinscher lives in homes around the world as a domestic pet.
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Although a having a mixed breed origin, their temperament resembles more of the terrier than Schnauzer. They are high energy dogs who are considered to be curious, playful, active and strong headed.
They are also confident and lovable, and above all loyal. Being protective of the families they live for, they may often be mistaken for aggressive. They are hard to train because of their stubborn nature and have a tendency to be very territorial.
They are not recommended for families with small children because they are not fond of sharing and can lash out when someone tries to take their belongings. They also can become afraid and excitable when they sense that they are being threatened.
If you are looking for an easy going, good family dog, who is good with little children and other dogs, you may want to look elsewhere. Although friendly and loyal, they are not good with small children and can become easily excitable and lash out unexpectedly when feeling threatened.
Cute and cuddly, they are the perfect companion dog with a friendly disposition and high energy to engage you in play.