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Affenpinscher : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Affenpinscher Ratings: - Ease of Training: 7 /10 - Intelligence: 7 /10 - Shedding: 1 /10 - Watchdog: 8 /10 - Guard Dog: 1 /10 - Popularity: 2 /10 - Size: 2 /10 - Agility: 4 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Affenpinscher Attributes: Life Expectancy: 11-14 years Litter ... Affenpinscher





Affenpinscher Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 7/10
- Intelligence: 7/10
- Shedding: 1/10
- Watchdog: 8/10
- Guard Dog: 1/10
- Popularity: 2/10
- Size: 2/10
- Agility: 4/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Affenpinscher Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 11-14 years
Litter Size: 1-3 puppies
Group: Terrier, AKC Toy
Color: Black, gray, silver, red, black and tan, or belge are all acceptable. Blacks may have a rusty cast or a few white or silver hairs mixed with the black. Reds may vary from a brownish red to an orangey tan. Belge has black, brown, and/or white hairs mixed with the red. With various colors, the furnishings may be a bit lighter. Some dogs may have black masks. A small white spot on the chest is not penalized, but large white patches are undesirable. Color is not a major consideration.
Hair Length: Long
Size: Toy/Small
Shedding: Moderate Shed
Male Height: 10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Male Weight: 7-8 pounds (3-3.36 kg)
Female Height: 10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Female Weight: 7-8 pounds (3-3.36 kg)
Living Area:
Indoors with a small yard. Will do well in apartments with regular exercise.
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Complete information about Affenpinscher Breed:

Overview :

The Affenpinscher is a small breed of dog that has a unique personality and a stout and hardy physical appearance. The breed is known for its terrier-like hunting ability and athletic qualities, as well as its almost monkey-like face and amazing array of expressions. Although a small breed, the Affenpinscher is not fragile or frail, rather they are strong, agile and very good hunters. The head of the Affenpinscher is round in shape, with a very pronounced stop between the eyes and the muzzle. The muzzle is relatively short, and the lower jaw extends slightly beyond the nose. The nose is very noticeable, and the longer hair grows away from the nose in a beard around the mouth. The eyes are round and somewhat prominent - but not protruding - and are always black, very alert and serious looking. Long eyebrows that are very mobile contribute to the facial expressions that this breed is known for. The ears have traditionally been cropped, but many countries now prohibit this practice so dogs may be shown with their ears natural. The natural ears will be small and triangular in shape, folded over and held relatively close to the head. The long hairs of the forehead and eyebrows will often partially cover the ears. The overall appearance of the face should be very monkey-like, with all features symmetrical. The neck is well proportioned and slightly arched, blending into well-set shoulders. The top line is very straight and level, and the height at the withers or shoulders should be approximately the same as the length of the body, providing a square and sturdy appearance to the breed. The legs are well boned and not delicate looking, rather they are sturdy and developed. The feet are small and round, with thick pads and strong nails. The hindquarters are muscled, and slightly bent at the stifle. The tail is often docked at about one to two inches, and will be carried high. A natural tail is also acceptable and it will also be carried high, often curving up slightly over the back, especially while the dog is moving or at attention. The coat of the Affenpinscher is dense and rather rough to the touch, and is between one and one and a half inches in length over the body. The hair on the face, chest and legs and stomach may be slightly longer with various lengths blending from one to the other. Overall the coat looks shaggy but neat, and there is little clipping or trimming required to keep these dogs looking tiptop. The coat may be a variety of colors including black, black and tan, silver, red or gray or belge (a mix of red, black and white hairs). Some variations in color including single white hairs are acceptable, as is a small white patch on the chest. Large white patches are not acceptable within the breed. Darker masks on the face and lighter hair color on the furnishings are acceptable.

Affenpinscher History :

The Affenpinscher originated in Germany in the 1600's. It was used traditionally as a vermin hunting dog on farms and even in houses in cities and towns. The exact origins and breed development of the Affenpinscher is largely unknown, but there is no doubt that it is part of the foundation stock of many other breeds, such as the Schnauzer and the Brussels Griffon. The original Affenpinscher was probably a slightly larger dog, and may have measured as much as 12-14 inches at the withers. It is likely that the demand for miniature or smaller breeds for vermin hunting and companion dogs in cities and towns led to the smaller dogs being favored over the larger members of the breed. The Affenpinscher is affectionately known as the "mustached little devil" or "diablotin moustachu" in France. The actual name Affenpinscher comes from the German word "Affen" - which means monkey - and "Pinscher" which translates to terrier. Today the Affenpinscher is a relatively rare breed in most countries, but breeders are actively promoting this breed and it continues to have a loyal group of fanciers worldwide.

Affenpinscher Temperament and Character :

The Affenpinscher is a very loyal dog with a strong protective nature for their family. He has a wonderful mix of charisma along with courage that blend together quite nicely to create a delightful addition to the family. They are known to be energetic, alert, and possess enormous bravery to the extent of going up against much larger dogs to protect their family or their own belongings. Even with this strong brave attitude they are very loving and can tell when their owners needs a bit of loving attention, which will transform the Affenpinscher into a compassionate and tender dog. The Affenpinscher is an intelligent dog and does not mind change, which makes them great traveling companions. Some of the unique stunts the Affenpinscher likes to perform include tossing his toys in the air for hours on end, walking on their hind legs, and sitting on their spine with their legs extended such as a human.

Affenpinscher Health Care :

When you first get your Affenpinscher puppy, you will need to take him to visit your veterinarian. He will need to give him a series of vaccinations to ensure he stays in good health. Your puppy should receive shots for infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis paraintiuenza, distemper, and parvovirus. In many cases, if you plan to have your dog in shows, the vet may recommend vaccines for bordatella and corona. However, recently, veterinarians have ceased to give the bordatella vaccine as it has been discovered to be harmful to your petís health. The Affenpinscher is prone to hip dysplasia, which is the ball and socket joint. This condition can occur when the ligaments that help to hold these together are loose. Hip dysplasia is a progressive condition that becomes worse over time. The other health condition that many Affenpinschers tend to have is cataracts. Cataracts affect the vision of the dog and in some cases, a complete cataract can affect both eyes resulting in blindness. The best way to ensure early detection is with regular checkups with your veterinarian.

Affenpinscher Grooming :

The Affenpinscher has a coat of dense shaggy hair, which is rough and harsh. It is 1" in length on the shoulders and body. The head, neck, chest, stomach, and legs have a longer and less harsh coat. Once they reach maturity this breed has a mane of hair at the neck area, longer hair on the head, eyebrows, and a beard. Their coat serves as protection in extreme weather conditions. They are low shedding. The coat comes in various colors such as black, gray, silver, and red.

Affenpinscher Training :

The Affenpinscher is a very intelligent dog that does best when challenged mentally. They quickly become bored with the same requests, and do not do well with a highly repetitive training program. Since they are so intelligent, they will quickly learn both correct and incorrect behaviors so early, firm, loving and consistent training is essential. The breed is naturally playful and mischievous, so should not be expected to be a completely serious dog. They love to be in the middle of action and activities, and often can become quickly distracted by things going on in the environment. Training sessions should be short and in a distraction-free environment until the puppy or dog understands the basic commands. Once they know what you are expecting, they will quickly learn to follow commands even when something is going on around them. The Affenpinscher, like many small dogs, can be difficult to house train simply because of their physical size. Crate training is an ideal solution to this problem, and is very effective when done correctly and with the success and comfort of the puppy in mind. Since the Affenpinscher loves to be outdoors, getting them to go outside is not typically a problem. As with any breed, it is important to socialize this breed as part of a well-rounded training program. The more contact that puppies and adult dogs have with other people, animals and places, the more accepting and less anxious they will be. Affenpinschers are naturally rather protective and possessive of their food and toys, so training them early to "give" without snapping or guarding is important, especially if there are children in the house. Training sessions should always begin and end with some fun time for the owner and the dog. Playing, throwing or rolling a ball or just romping with the dog or puppy helps in getting rid of excess energy, and to assist with bonding.

Affenpinscher Activity and Exercise :

Some lively indoor games, short walks on a leash or outdoor romps can meet the exercise requirements of the active and energetic Affenpinscher. The dog cannot live outside but loves to play outdoors.

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