affenpinscherAnother name (s): Monkey Griffon, Monkey Terrier, Zwergaffen
Group: Pinschers, Schnauzers, Molossoids and Swiss Mountain Dogs
Section: Pinscher and Schnauzer Type
Physical characteristics of the affenpinscher
affenpinscher breed dog
Coat: thick and rough.
Color: Brown or black spots or stripes are permitted, but uniform black is the most desirable.
Size: 25 to 30 cm for the male and 25 to 30 cm for the female
Weight: 4 to 6 kg for the male and 4 to 6 kg for the female.
Origins and history:
Portraits of the affenpinscher appear in 16th-century German paintings when he was considered both a pet and a rat hunter. The first draft standard dates from 1908, the first official standard from 1913.
Character and skills:
Although the name "Monkey Terrier" comes from the appearance of its snout, it is somehow simian even in its attitudes: for example, it uses its front legs a lot to catch its natural prey, rats (but also any small toy). Americans call him "a cheeky little thug"; very close to his family, he knows how to be gentle and affectionate, but also very stubborn. As a good Terrier, he is brave and fearless. So he's a good watchdog.
Its small size allows it to adapt perfectly to apartment life. However, as he is a lively and rustic dog, he will be happy to be able to run in a garden.
Affenpinscher has predispositions to certain diseases: persistence of arterial duct, patella dislocation, Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease or aseptic necrosis of the femoral head)
Average life expectancy: about 15 years
Remarks and advice:
The Affenpinscher is a rather delicate dog, subject to intestinal problems. It loses a lot of hair during molting periods, during which a salt-rich diet is recommended. The coat should be brushed quite frequently. It is not a recommended breed when you have children, because some people do not like them.
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