Breed Spotlight: Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a toy terrier whose history dates back to the 17th century. It was originally bred in Central Europe, primarily in Germany, with the purpose of controlling the mouse population. This dog breed is now known as a small companion and house dog for adults. Its name translates to “monkey dog” from German. Avid Star Wars fans say that the face of an Affenpinscher looks like an Ewok.
Because the Affenpinscher’s hair is wiry and sheds very little, this dog breed is known to be hypoallergenic. This little terrier stands no taller than one foot and weighs between 6-13 pounds. An extremely healthy breed, this rare dog does not have health problems specific to its breed.
Its most common and preferred color is black but it also comes in black/tan, silver-grey, red, and a combination of those colors. The Affenpinscher is typically not recommended for homes with young children because he has a low tolerance for hugged or chased, and will not hesitate to bite. This canine does, however, get along well with other dogs but not with pets such as hamsters and gerbils. Having been bred as a “ratter”, the temptation to make those pets prey is too great. This prey instinct also makes them playful, and a breed that may require extra-durable dog toys.
Pet parents of Affenpinschers say that this is a large dog in a small dog’s body. A fearless watchdog, it is loyal and affectionate to its own family. The antics of this dog are highly entertaining, but this breed can be difficult to train due to stubbornness and an innate desire to be in charge.
The breed has seen a bump in popularity due to a growing presence at the Westminster Dog Show. As with many breeds, it is wise to consult with a pet parent who currently lives with the breed. It may be the perfect pet for you, but it is important to understand the commitment of living with an Affenpinscher.

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