Affenpinscher Dog Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics

Height and Weight:
Height: 10 to 15 inches
Weight: 7 to 8 pounds

Description:
Originating in Germany, the name Affenpinscher means monkey-like terrier, which suits them well since they are fond of "monkeying" around. They were originally bred to keep rodents out of kitchens, granaries, and stables. Affenpinschers are balanced, small dogs with a harsh, shaggy coat, and long hair all over their faces. They are a toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor make them good house pets. Since They are a smaller version of a working terrier, they are by no means a fragile dog but are rather sturdy. They are very active, bold, inquisitive and stubborn, but they are also playful and mischievous. They are a lively sharp-witted little dog that is also courageous, confident and strong.

Temperament:
Affenpinschers are alert and inquisitive, busy, bold and stubborn. At the same time, they love to play and can be quite mischievous. They are lively and sharp-witted, confident and courageous. Unlike most terriers, they get along with other dogs and pets, especially when raised with them. They are very affectionate and amusing. They are friendly little dogs who enjoy being with their family. They display great loyalty and affection towards their owners and friends. They are fearless defenders and can become vehemently excited when threatened or attacked, and they are fearless towards aggressors.

Coat and Color:
Affenpinschers have dense hair, that is rough, harsh, and about one inch in length on the shoulders and body. It may be shorter on the rear and tail. Head, neck, chest, stomach, and legs have a longer, less harsh coat.

Colors include black, gray, silver, red, black and tan, or beige

Care:
Their harsh coat should be brushed weekly, but never cut short. This can ruin the coat for years. If hair grows in the corners of the eyes and causes irritation, then it should be clipped. They shed very little to not at all.

Because they are energetic and active little dogs, their exercise needs can be met with indoor play. If they are played with on a regular basis, They will be happy. They do, however, enjoy walks and playing in larger open areas.

Living Requirements:
Because they are active inside, they make good apartment dogs and don't have a need for a yard. They should, however, be taken for walks for more exercise and family time. They are sensitive to temperature extremes, and living conditions that are too warm may damage the coat.

Training:
They are very intelligent dogs who learn well. They need consistent, firm training. They can also become bored with training, so make sure you vary it often. Find here the list of easily trainable dogs you may like.

Health and Life Span:
The average lifespan is 10 to 12 years.

Overall they are very healthy dogs. They some can be more prone to fractures. Like all short-nosed breeds, they can have respiratory problems in hot weather.
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