Thinking about purchasing an Affenpinscher? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Affenpinscher breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good Affenpinscher owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Affenpinscher and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Affenpinscher Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Affenpinscher and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Affenpinscher Breed Profile
The Affenpinscher is the smallest of the pinschers and schnauzer. It originated in Germany as the dog that makes people laugh and can be traced back as far as the seventeenth century as a method of controlling rodents. Affenpinschers are well balanced, little, wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog with intelligence and demeanor that make it them a good house pet. The Affenpinschers comical face earned it its name; German for "monkey-like terrier." In France the Affenpinscher is described as the "diablotin moustachu" or the "moustached little devil." Extremely intelligent and affectionate with people, the naturally scruffy-look of the Affenpinscher makes it appealing. Affenpinschers carry their head with confidence, their skull is round and domed, ears can be erect, semi-erect, dropped or cropped erect. Affenpinschers tail is naturally long and curves over their back, it can be docked or carried erect. The Affenpinscher is an active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are also fun-loving and playful. The Affenpinscher breed is confident, lively, affectionate towards family members and also very protective of them. The Affenpinscher is a loyal little dog who enjoys being with their family.
Other Names: Monkey Dog
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 9 - 11 in.
Color: Preferable black, but gray, silver,
red, black and tan, and beige shading are permissible. Sometimes white on their
Temperament: The Affenpinscher is alert,
quite, inquisitive and non-argumentative. Lively and self confident. Can also
be stubborn and mischievous.
Watch-dog: Very High
Affenpinscher Care and Exercise: Brushing
two to three times a week. Ear, tooth, and nail care are required weekly. The
Affenpinscher requires very little exercise. Walks or access to a secured yard
where they can play for hours.
Activity: Moderate - Very High
Affenpinscher Health Issues: Usually very healthy. Good grooming will prevent skin and coat problems. The Affenpinscher has fine bones and should never jump off of furniture. Special care is needed their teeth. Susceptible to eye ulcers and infection, Legg-Perthese disease, luxating patellas, patent ductus arterious.
Life Span: 14 - 15 years
Country of Origin: Germany
First Registered by the AKC: 1936
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014