Meet the Affenpinscher!
If there is a small, lively pet that has the capability of keeping a family entertained, the Affenpinscher would be an adept choice. Because of their energy and size, they are popular pets, though challenging to train at times. It is not until that the Affenpinscher is fully grown that they mature and listen to their owners. There is a great level of degree of patience that is required when training this breed. They are not a breed that is recommended for first-time dog owners or for people who do not have the time to dedicate to take care of them.
Behavior common of the Affenpinscher
Affenpinschers are described as adventurous, curious, spunky, playful, and stubborn. In spite of their size, they are extremely protective of family members, and are extremely territorial of their toys and food. Because of this, it is recommended that they do not share a home with very small children.
Because of their protective behaviour combined with their small size, their attitude is to put up a tough front, while being fairly skittish and reclusive if the danger becomes too large for them to handle. If they feel threatened, they are prone to biting.
It is also important for Affenpinschers to have firm and varied training. They are prone to boredom and are difficult to housebreak, so consistency is a must.
However, because of their size, it is fairly easy to exercise them indoors, which is a plus for owners who live further up north during the winter months.
Appearance of the Affenpinscher
Affenpinschers are known for their small size, which in height is from 9 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder. Their faces closely resembles that of a small monkey, hinting at the name’s origins. Their snout is very short and pushed in, while having an exceeding underbite. The color of their coats are most typically black, but can also be grey, silver, red, or tan.
The actual texture of their coat is typically very wirey, and the fur tends to be shaggier over the head, forming a mane and mustache.
Grooming your Affenpinscher
Three must-have tools to tame the coat of the Affenpinscher is scissors (for basic trimming), a bristle brush, and a slicker brush. It is recommended to comb through their shaggy fur at least twice a week. They are not prone to excessive shedding.
Because Affenpinschers were not bred for show, it is not necessary to trim their hair frequently, and in fact, may damage the hair and change the color in extreme cases.
Affenpinschers are prone to a variety of health problems, including hip dysplasia, since they are pure-bred, and break bones easily because of their size. It is also recommended to be prepared for problems with their eyes, as they may need help with their cataracts later in life.
History of the Affenpinscher
The origins of the Affenpinscher from Germany, dating back to the seventeenth century. When first bred, it was noted that its face had a smaller, more peculiar look to it, and was dubbed “Affe,” meaning “monkey” in German.
Its two ancestors are the Griffon Bruxellois and the Minature Schnauzer, and was used primarily for ratting and getting rid of other small rodents.