The Affenpinscher is an active, small breed that is fearless.
This native of Germany has a harsh coat that requires moderate grooming.
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Finding an Affenpinscher
- Small to medium build
- Monkey-like expression
- Black nose and lips
- Rough, dense coat
- Coat: Usually black, but also may be silver, gray, tan or red
- Height: 9-11.5 inches
- Weight: 7-9 pounds
- Average lifespan: 14-15 years
- Loyal, affectionate, quiet, fearless, friendly
- Interaction with people: Not recommended for young children; may become overly excited if threatened
- Training: Can be difficult to train
- Protection: Tends to guard food and toys
- Hip dysplasia
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Patellar luxation
- Ophthalmic disorders (including cataracts, corneal ulcerations and glaucoma)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Sensitive to extreme climates
- Enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping
- Sheds little to no hair
- Coat shouldn't be cut short
- Needs weekly brushing
- Plucking may be necessary
- Trim hair from corners of eyes
- German breed name translates into "monkey-terrier" in English "affen" means monkey; "pinscher" means terrier
- The French call this breed the diablotin moustachu, or "moustached little devil"
- Today's breed is a smaller version of its ancestors
- Originated in Germany
- One of the world's oldest toy dogs
- Controlled pests on farms and in stores during the 17th century