|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Toy Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 1)|
|Contact:||Mrs Marilyn Warren|
Background Believed to have originated in Germany, Affenpinscher translates as "Monkey Terrier" which describes this little dog very well. In the farmlands of Germany they survived on hunting rats and mice and so protected the farmers supply of winter food. A very old breed, with paintings dating back to the 1820s. In the 1850s two small breeds appeared, rough coat being the Affenpinscher and smooth coat, the Miniature Pinscher. The two World Wars on the Continent made the breed almost disappear however it is now emerging again thanks to some dedicated people. Average lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Affenpinschers life expectancy ranges between 10 and 14 years of age.
Breed personality/characteristics/temperament The Affenpinscher is a quaint, comical dog, loves company, and loves to show off to their owners, eager to please, having no vice, placid and usually quiet. It will only bark if something very unusual is happening within its territory. An even natured dog Affenpinschers are devoted to the people who own them and not at all interested in folk they do not know. Being a small dog they can be carried anywhere their owners wish and this they love very much as they are eager to please and love their own family and areas. They are not really happy in a kennel but will adapt. Compatibility with other pets They will mix with other dogs with no aggression. Remember he is a scruffy urchin who hunted rats and mice originally.
Care requirements The Affenpinscher needs little grooming, a comb and/or brush regularly and a bath now and then, only trimming its hair around feet and cutting of toenails, but they prefer the scruffy look. This helps with the hair around the face hence the popular name "Monkey Dog". Ideal owner/s Ideal owners are people who have small back yards and are willing to take them for walks. Once you have an Affenpinscher, this is a breed that will finish up owning you and not you owning them.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Affenpinscher and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your state controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.