An Overview of the Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher is a loyal and protective dog, despite its small size. The German breed is nicknamed the “Mustachioed little devil” in France because of its bold manner, makes it a favorite among those who want a big dog attitude in a small package. They have also been referred to as the monkey dog or monkey terrier. Though often thought of as purely toy breeds, Affenpinschers actually have terriers in their family tree and were originally bred as ratters in Germany.
The Affenpinscher is a brave little dog who is always on the alert. They make an excellent watchdog, even though they’re not very big and can’t do much to protect their family. They’re very loving and loyal toward friends and family, but they’re also a very good rodent pets; getting rid of rodents like mice and rats.
This little dog is intelligent and inquisitive. He’s usually quiet, but anything or anyone who seems threatening will set him off barking. When it comes to big dogs, he doesn’t have any sense and will take them on at the first opportunity. In these cases, you need to protect him from himself.
Every dog needs exercise, so be sure to walk or otherwise play with your Affenpinscher daily. He is athletic and clever enough to do well in dog sports such as agility, obedience , and rally . In terms of training, he tends to be more willing and obedient than some other toy breeds. Always make learning fun by using positive reinforcement techniques instead of force.
It may be tempting to carry your small dog around with you constantly, but it’s important to resist the urge and let him experience life as a dog. He’ll be happier and better behaved as a result.
The Affenpinscher has a harsh coat with extra fur around the neck and shoulders and a beard. Maintaining his shaggy but neat appearance will require some plucking and trimming. Ask your dog’s breeder for grooming lessons or follow the directions on the website of the Affenpinscher Club of America. A companion dog from the toy group, the Affenpinscher should always live inside the house—never outdoors.
The Origins and History of the Affenpinscher
The ancestors of the Affenpinscher were small terrier type dogs that kept stables free of mice and rats. They may date to the 15th century, based on Albrecht Durer’s woodcut depiction of a similar looking dog or old masters’ paintings featuring small, rough-coated, bearded dogs. At some point in history – likely the 18th or early 19th century – somebody had the idea to breed these dogs down in size so they could become companions for ladies instead. Even though they shrank in size, these breeds retained their ratting ability and used it to keep parlors safe from mice invasion.
The Affenpinscher is a small, terrier-like dog that was popular in Europe during the 1800s. These little dogs were used in the development of other breeds, including the Brussels Griffon and Miniature Schnauzer. The Pinscher Klub was founded in Cologne, Germany in 1895, and the American Kennel Club recognized the Affenpinscher breed in 1936. Unfortunately, World War II nearly wiped out this breed completely; however, breeding with closely related Brussels Griffons helped bring it back from extinction. Although they have never been one of the most popular AKC breeds, those who get to know them quickly fall victim to their amusing appeal.
The Affenpinscher’s Personality
The Affenpinscher is an incredibly devoted dog who will love each and every member of his family with all of his heart. No matter where you go or what you do, he’ll be more than happy to join in on the adventure – whether it’s a simple trip to get the mail or something much more high energy like hitchhiking to Alaska or going camping near a lake. And if your chosen lifestyle is on the more laidback side, that’s perfectly okay with him! As long as he gets to spend time with you, he’ll be content and will adjust himself according depending on how active (or inactive) you are.
The Affenpinscher will also provide you company. They’re skilled in using their paws to play with toys, walking on their hind legs, and even “singing” if they have some friends to join in. To them, a walk is an opportunity to show you all the interesting things they find along the way. Their size makes them great for travelling companions.
The Affenpinscher is fearless at home and in public, always on the lookout for strangers or other dangers, but not yappy. They can be territorial with other dogs so it’s important to protect him. A strong prey drive means he’ll chase cats unless he grows up around them.
The Affenpinscher dog breed is fearless and careless when it comes to physical safety, often jumping off high beds or climbing fences. This can be dangerous, so please provide steps to help him get on and off furniture safely.
In general, Affenpinschers make good alternatives for parents with young kids. Some young children are tempted to use dogs as playthings though, and the Affenpinschers who suffer from this abuse or neglect can become anxious and skittish. They might even developing a fear of their own safety if they feel threatened.
After you speak with the breeder and describe what qualities you value in a dog, they will be able to help guide your pick of puppy. Breeders are around the Affenpinscher puppy every day and can usually make pretty accurate suggestions based on information about your lifestyle and personality. No matter what you hope to get out of an Affenpinscher, seek one whose parents have great personalities and was socialized early on in life.
Understanding the Affenpinscher Dog Breed Health
Any Affenpinscher has the inclination to experience genetic health problems, similarly to how all people have the probability of passing down a certain disease. If you encounter any breeder who doesn’t offer a guaranty on their puppies’ wellness or says that the breed is 100 percent healthy with no known issues, do not hesitate to walk away. A responsible breeder will be honest about which health concerns are more common in the Affenpinscher population and if they happen often in her lines.
Although the Affenpinscher is a relatively healthy dog, some may develop orthopedic problems such as luxating patellas. This is a common knee condition among small dogs. They are also more likely to suffer from skin conditions that could result in hair loss on the sides of their body.
Some of these conditions cannot be detected when the Affenpinscher puppies are still growing, and we can’t predict if an animal will carry any of these diseases. This is why it’s crucial that you find a reputable breeder who only breeds healthy animals. They should have certification from independent health registries that screen for common defects and certify that the parents (and grandparents) of the dog are free from disease and well-suited for breeding..
The Affenpinscher Club of America wants to protect the breed’s health conditions, so they participate in the Canine Health Information Center. This is a comprehensive health database that lets the club know which dogs are healthy and which ones might have some issues later on down the road. Before an Affenpinscher can be added to this registry, they must have passed OFA patella evaluations as well as CERF eye tests. Optional test results that can also be submitted include OFA hip certifications (including one for Legg-Calve-Perthes disease).
All test results, regardless of whether they are positive or negative, must be published in the CHIC database for breeders. A dog’s scores on the evaluations do not impact its ability to possess a CHIC number. Therefore, having a CHIC registration does not guarantee that absence of disease or soundness. With that being said, all test results from parents are posted on the website and can be accessed by anyone who wishes to see them.
Don’t let a bad breeder take advantage of you. If they tell you that things like genetic testing or “vet checks” are unnecessary because their dogs have never had any problems, don’t believe them. Keep looking for responsible breeders who does things the right way.
Although responsible Affenpinscher breeders do their best to avoid genetic diseases in their dogs by carefully selecting which ones to breed, sometimes an Affenpinscher puppy will develop one of these disorders anyway. Modern veterinary science has made it possible for many of these puppies to still have happy and long lives. If you’re thinking about getting a new puppy, ask the breeder how old the parents are and what sort of health problems they have had or died from.
You can prevent obesity in your Affenpinscher by keeping him at a healthy weight. They love brisk walks. This is one of the easiest ways to extend his life and ensure that he stays healthy overall. Use your preventive abilities to help make sure your dog has a long, happy life.
Grooming and Care of the Affenpinscher Dog Breed
The Affenpinscher coat can be classified as three different types–smooth, rough, or in between. A smooth-coated Affen has some feathering on the legs and a ruff around the neck whereas a rough-coated Affen has hair with a softer texture and heavier feathering. An Affenpinscher with a coat falling somewhere in between these two extremes is not uncommon. No matter what type of coat your dog sports, he will always look neat but slightly shaggy due to leaves and twigs inevitably ending up stuck his fur after spending time outdoors.
The Affenpinscher does, in fact, shed. The Affen’s coat is a rough coat with thick fur which sheds less frequently than those with shorter hair, making it an ideal dog and great for apartment living. However, to keep your pet looking neat and tidy, regular grooming is necessary to reduce loose fur, but a professional groomer is not needed. To groom your Affenpinscher, you’ll need a slicker brush, a metal comb, a stripping knife, blunt-tipped scissors and thinning shears. Stripping the coat by plucking dead hairs is part of owning an Affenpinscher. The Affenpinscher Club of America has an illustrated guide to help you get the look just right.
Ongoing maintenance for your dog includes trimming their nails and brushing their teeth. Most people trimmed their dogs’ nails every few weeks, while smaller breeds are more prone to periodontal disease so they require more frequent brushing.
Affenpinscher Exercise and Training Needs
Not only does the Affenpinscher dog breed need regular grooming, but enough exercise and physical activity and additional training for a healthy temperament.
All dog breeds require some form of exercise to stay healthy and happy. For smaller breeds, around 30 minutes of activity should do thetrick. Taking a short walk around the block is a perfect option for these guys since they have shorter strides and tend to get tired easily from walking long distances. If you’re looking for a furry friend to join your small space living, an Affenpinscher might be the perfect dog for you! They don’t need much space to run and play, so an apartment is ideal. Plus, they make great cuddle buddies for those who want some daily pet love.
Training your Affenpinscher
Affenpinschers are notoriously self-effacing, so they will often put up a fight during training. However, they are also intelligent and quick learners; making training more fun for both you and them. It’s important to keep in mind that shorter training sessions work best. Try getting started on their fitness as early as possible, before bad habits have time to form. Join a basic manners course or obedience training offered at your local pet store, animal shelter, or dog trainer. Start socializing your dog early on by exposing them to different people and places frequently
The earlier you start training Affenpinschers puppies, the better. Puppies as young as eight weeks old are able to learn and absorb everything you teach them through consistent training. If you wait until they’re six months old to begin training, they will be much harder to manage. If possible, enroll in a puppy kindergarten class when they are 10-12 weeks old so they can socialize with other puppies. Note that some puppy training classes necessitate updated vaccines like kennel cough, and most veterinarians suggest refraining from taking your pup to places with other dogs or in public until all of their puppy shots are done (this includes rabies, distemper and parvovirus). If you don’t want to wait for formal training, begin coaching your puppy at home and get them used to being around loved ones until their vaccinations are finished
Diet and Nutrition for the Affenpinscher
Make sure your dog always has access to clean water, and give them balanced and nutritious meals. Most owners feed themselves two meals a day, so their dogs should at least get that much. If you’re unsure about what kind of food is best for your pup, talk to a vet or breeder about it. A healthy diet is the best way to extend life expectancy. Be careful not to overfeed your Affenpinscher– obesity is a common problem in Affenpinschers.
A well-balanced diet is critical for Affenpinscher puppies as they have different nutritional, fitness and medical needs in comparison to other dog breeds. When scouting for the best food option, make sure that protein is the most abundant ingredient as it builds muscle strength and a healthy body structure. In addition, calcium helps to strengthen dog bones while vitamin A improves dog eyesight–both of which are essential for developing Affenpinscher puppies.
Dogs similar to Affenpinschers
The Affenpinscher has a similar temperament to other dogs, such as the Cairn terrier, Norfolk terrier and Border terrier. The Cairn Terrier – Both the Cairn terriers and Affenpinschers have coats of varying lengths but the Cairn Terrier weigh slightly less. They are both alert, energetic animals with low shedding breed making them low-maintenance for people with allergies. The Norfolk terrier and the Affenpinscher are both friendly and sweet-tempered dogs, of similar size but belonging to different groups – Terriers and Pinschers respectively. Border terriers are larger than Affenpinschers, but again share many similarities including high intelligence and energy levels, as well as a loyal temperament.
A distinguished Affenpinscher is “Banana Joe”. Banana Joe first came to the Westminster Dog Show in 2011 and has been a favorite ever since.
Quick and Interesting Facts about the Affenpinscher
- Affenpinschers are one of the oldest breeds of dog still in existence today.
- Affenpinschers are known for their playful and mischievous personalities, and they make great family pets.
- They typically weigh between 7 and 11 pounds, and stand about 9-10 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Affenpinscher is covered with long, wiry, coarse fur that can be black, gray, silver, tan or red in color.
- The Affenpinscher has a small body and head, with a short muzzle and ears. Its eyebrows are bushy, its eyes black and protruding, and its lower lip hangs down. Its tail is short and erect.
- The Affenpinscher was bred to catch rats and mice in Germany and Central Europe.
- The German word for “Affenpinscher” means monkey-like dog, which is referring to the fact that its face closely resembles a monkey’s expression.
- The Affenpinscher is an active dog that loves to play, explore and be curious. They can be stubborn at times, but they generally get along well with other dogs and cats in the household (especially if they are raised together).
- The Affenpinscher is not prone to excess noise, but if it detects an intruder, its bark will be loud enough to alert the whole neighborhood. Additionally, this breed makes for an excellent watchdog.
- Although small in size, the Affenpinscher does not hesitate to fight with larger animals and dogs when it becomes over excited at the sight of potential threats. It may take some time to calm down afterwards, however this breed is very loyal and protective.
- The Affenpinscher is an intelligent breed of dog that can be easily trained. They are known for walking on their hind legs and performing funny tricks, which is why they are sometimes used as therapy dogs.
- The Affenpinscher breed usually has litters of three per year. When they are born, the puppies cannot see and need their mother for everything.
- The Affenpinscher was utilized in the breeding of other popular dog breeds, including but not limited to: Brussels Griffon, smooth haired German Pinscher and German Silky Pinscher.
- Affenpinscher has an average lifespan of 12 years.