|Height:||9.5 – 11.5 inches|
|Weight:||7 – 9 pounds,|
|Colors:||black, tan, gray, silver, red|
|AKC recognized in:||1936|
A stunning petite in the canine world, the Affenpinscher is often seen more as an accessory rather than a pet to be loved and cherished. This is of course discouraged as it puts to waste this breeds affectionate and adorable nature.
But seeing it as something to showoff is not so hard to adapt. A simple look at its whimsical and yet adorable monkey-face appearance is really quite a thrill. This makes this dog very popular among ladies and young children. As such, it is placed in the category of 'toy dogs'.
If you are wondering why it is difficultly named in German, it is because the word 'Affen' in German translates to 'monkey' in English, which pretty much befits its facial features.
Adding to the attractiveness of its petite form is its unique coat which is wiry in appearance and rough in texture. And although the UK breed standards and the FCI accepts 'black' as the only official color for this breed, the AKC also acknowledges gray, silver, tan and red.
Also, the fur coat of the Affenpinscher tends to be more pronounced and grow a lot thicker and shaggier around the neck and chest area. This effectively creates a thick mane. Also, the hair grows longer in the facial area, creating what looks like a beard and bangs.
|Ease of Training|
|Friendliness : Children|
|Friendliness: Other Animals|
|Friendliness: Other Pets|
If you have heard of the term 'feisty midget', the description will probably befit the Affenpinscher. You just cannot let its adorable and bubbly cute appearance fool you into thinking that it is meek or shy. This toy dog is quite a pack of surprises!
Small in frame, adorable in appearance and fragile in stature, the Affenpinscher is decidedly very active despite its small size. It will be very playful, it will monkey around, and it will play mischievous tricks. Coupled with its wittiness and high-spirited curiosity, you just got yourself someone to supervise.
To place the Appenpinscher's naturally active and energetic demeanor into order, a firm and consistent obedience training is necessary. Just stay patient because this breed will often test you.
Once it is apparent that you are the one in command and that you are in alpha position, your Affenpinscher will gladly submit and its authoritarian tendency and alpha-complex will subside.
Health and Exercise
Affenpinschers live an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
Despite its quite hairy appearance, owners and would-be owners would be glad to know that the Affenpinscher is not a shedder. In fact, you might just forget that dogs shed because this breed will shed very little or not at all.
But just because you are now free from excessively dealing with fur shedding does not mean its hair will not give you some trouble. As with most show dogs, grooming will need a lot of attention.
For example, the hair can grow too long around the eye area causing some visual problems and even eye infections. Therefore, it is important that your Affenpinscher get its coat trimmed regularly by a professional if you are not trained to do so yourself.
In terms of health, the only serious problem you could be facing may have to do with its small size. Because they may not be seen immediately, they can be prone to accidents.
Also, owners need take note that Appenpinschers are susceptible to extreme temperature conditions. If they are subjected to too much warmth for extended periods of time, their respiratory health could be affected.
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