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Affenpinscher

Canines in the Affenpinscher dog breed were originally created to be ratters in homes, stables, and shops. Bred down in size, they moved up in the world, becoming ladies’ companions. Today, they are happy, mischievous companion dogs.

See below for a complete list of Affenpinscher characteristic

APPEARANCE

The Affenpinscher is rough-haired, small and compact with a monkey-like expression. Although small, not delicate in any way.

TEMPERAMENT

Fearless, alert, persistent and devoted, sometimes full of quick-tempered passion; watchful of strangers and fearless toward aggressors. He is an agreeable family dog in all aspects.
 

CHARACTERISTICS

Lively and self-confident, carrying itself with comic seriousness.

COLOR

Black, gray, silver, red, black and tan

SIZE

Dogs: Around 10-11 inches

Bitches: Around 9-10 inches

Highlights

  • Like many toy dog breeds, the Affenpinscher can be difficult to housetrain. Crate training is recommended.
  • While the fur of an Affenpinscher is wiry and is often considered hypoallergenic, this is not to be mistaken with “non-shedding.” All dogs shed or produce dander.
  • Because of their heritage as ratters, Affenpinschers tend to not do well with rodent pets such as hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, etc. They do, however, tend to get along with fellow dogs in the household and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they’re raised with them.
  • Affenpinschers are generally not recommended for households with toddlers or small children–it is not a breed that is naturally inclined to like children. The Affenpinscher is loyal to his adult family members and can be a great companion for a family with older children.
  • The Affenpinscher is a rare breed. Be prepared to spend time on a waiting list if you’re interested in acquiring one.
  • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.

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