The Affenpinscher, or monkey terrier, was so named for its unusual facial appearance, particularly its large, dark eyes, and protruding lower jaw and lip. It is a small, balanced, wiry-haired, toy-type dog, and has a domed skull, short muzzle, and ears that are cropped to a point. This is a sturdy, broad-chested, compact dog with medium bone. The head is carried confidently upright and is in proportion to the body. Their eyes are full, round, dark, and brilliant. The neck is short and straight. The tail can be either docked or curved naturally. This breed is generally quiet but can become excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless toward any aggressor.
The Affenpinscher require high-quality dog food for their growth and development. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior) with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Some senior dogs are prone to overweight which requires more attention. Clean, freshwater needs to supply all the time.
Affenpinschers are courageous, bold, and often feisty. Basic obedience training is recommended. They are very much outgoing and easy for training. Affenpinschers are independent-minded and can be stubborn. Shorter, more frequent sessions with a trainer are perfect for training.
These Affenpinschers are classified as “moderately active” breed and they do need exercise. They prefer human companion and their small size makes them an ideal apartment dog. They require a brisk walk once or twice a day.
Like other shorter-faced breeds, Affenpinschers may develop certain health conditions such as luxating patella, heart anomalies, vision problems, and hip dysplasia. They often experience breathing problems during hot weather if they are permitted to overheat
Country of Origin: Germany
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 148 of 196
AKC Classification: Toy Group
UKC Classification: Companion Dog
Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Height: Female: 9-10 inches; Male: 9-11.5 inches
Weight: Female: 7-9 pounds; Male: 7-10 pounds
Energy Level: Very energetic
Tendency to Drool: Low
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: High
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Physical traits: Small, Sturdy, Compact, Wiry-haired
Personality traits/Temperament: Confident, Famously Funny, Fearless, Quiet
Coat Length: Medium
Characteristics: Hard coat, dense
Colors: Black, Tan, Grey, Silver, Belge, Red
Tendency to Shed: Low
Coat Less Allergenic: Yes
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
The French describe the Affenpinscher as the “diablotin moustachu” or “mustached little devil” and the German word Affenpinscher means “monkeylike terrier.”
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