The Affenpinscher dates back to the seventeenth century and is German in origin. The name is derived from the German Affe (ape,monkey). He is ancestral to the Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon) Miniature Schnauzer(Common nickname is “Monkey Dog”).
Larger dogs of the Affenpinscher type have been known since about 1600. They were about 12 to 13 inches, and came in colors of gray, fawn, black and tan, gray and tan, and also red. White feet and chest were also common. The breed was created to be a ratter, working to remove rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables.
The Affenpinscher has harsh rough coat and a monkey-like expression. Its coat is shaggier over the head and shoulders forming a mane, with shorter coat over the back and hind quarters. It is harsh and wiry in texture. The FCI and UK breed standards specifies that the coat must be black, but the AKC also allows gray, silver, red, black and tan, and belge (not beige; belge is a mixture of red, black and white hairs);other clubs have their own lists of acceptable colours, with black being the preference.
Affenpinschers has a similar look of terriers.They are very much different from terriers, however, in that they are actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer subgroup of group 2 in the FCI classification. They are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are alsofun-loving and playful. The breed is confident, lively, affectionate towards family members and also very protective of them. This loyal little dog enjoys being with its family. It needs consistent, firm training because some can be quite difficult to housebreak. The training should be varied because the dog can easily become bored.
They are not recommended for very small children, they can become very territorial when it comes to their toys and food, This dog is mostly quiet but can become very excited if attacked or threatened and shows no fear toward any aggressor. It is best suited for a family who likes a show and has a sense of humor.
A small sample of Affenpinschers in a UK survey had a median lifespan which is a typical lifespan for a purebred dog, but a bit lower than most breeds of their size. The most common causes of death were old age (24%), urologic (19%), and “combinations” (14%).
The Affenpinscher can get hip dysplasia. As with many small breeds of dog they are prone to collapsed trachea, which is best avoided by walking the dog with a harness instead of a collar. Cataracts are occasionally reported.
The Affenpinscher is good for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. These dogs are sensitive to temperature extremes. Overly warm living conditions are damaging to the coat. Although it is an energetic and active little dog, a lot of its exercise needs can be met with indoor play, like all dogs, the Affenpinschers should be taken for daily walks to fulfill it’s canine instinct to walk. It will also enjoy a chance to run around outside in a wide open-space.
Coat is rough & thick and needs to be groomed two to three times a week because of their 1 inch coat. They have a very high activity level and a average to high learning rate. They are not good guard dogs , but can be good watchdogs.
The height of the Affenpinscher is about 9.5 to 11 inches (24 to 28 cm.),and the weight is 7 to 9 pounds (3 to 3.5 kg.).The life span of the Affenpinschers is 11 to 12 years. The litter size usually range from 2 to 3 puppies.
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Classification and breed standards:
FCI: Group 2 Section 1 #186 Stds
AKC: Toy Stds
ANKC: Group 1 – (Toys) Stds
CKC: Group 5 – (Toys) Stds
KC (UK): Toy Stds
NZKC: Toy Stds
UKC: Companion Breeds Stds
FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI is not a registry and does not issue any pedigree)
AKC = American Kennel Club
KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
CKC = Canadian Kennel Club
ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
NKC = National Kennel Club
NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club
CKC = Continental Kennel Club
APRI = American Pet Registry Inc.
ACR = American Canine Registry
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