Affenpinscher dogs originated in the 17th
century Germany and are one of the most ancient of the Toy Breeds or little
dogs. “Affe” is German for Monkey and Affenpinschers are known as a “Monkey
Terrier” because they often have monkey-like expression on their face. In
France they are known as the “little devil with a mustache”.
Affenpinscher Dogs had a significant influence in the development of
several smaller rough-coated dogs in continental Europe, including the Miniature Schnauzers and the Brussels Griffon breeds.
Affenpinscher Dogs arrived in the United States sometime in
the mid 1930's, and they were first recognized as an official breed by the AKC
in 1936.Affenpinschers were originally created to be ratters – little dogs that
removed rodents from stables, granaries, and kitchens. Today, their primary function is that of
an amiable companion. They are generally
a quiet dog, but are quick-witted, highly inquisitive, have a fearless demeanor
and will not back down regardless of the size of a potential threat. This
“little dog syndrome” is not recommended around very small children as they can
also be quite territorial about their toys or food and can get very animated
when threatened or attacked.
Affenpinschers Dogs are most closely
compared to the terrier breed. They differ from terriers, however, in that they
are actually more closely related to the pinscher-schnauzer dog breed. They
weigh between 6.5 to 13.2 pounds and stands 9 to 12 inches tall.
Their coats are shaggy over their heads
and shoulders, forming a mane; but a shorter coat over their back and hind
quarters. Their harsh coat must never be clipped short as this can ruin it for
many years.Their coats serve as
protection in more extreme weather conditions.
Affenpinschers are typically black,
however, they are also found in grey, silver, red, black and tan, and a mixture
of red, brown, black and white hairs called belge. They are a low-shedding dog,
however frequent grooming reduces the amount of hair in their environments.
Affenpinschers tend to live an average of
11 years, a bit less than most breeds their size. They do not do well in hot weather climates
due to their very short faces. Sometimes breathing problems may arise, so they
must be kept in an air conditioned home.
Sometimes Affenpinscher Dogs can be
difficult to housebreak and need consistent, varied, and firm training, as they
have a very strong personality. They are a very loyal breed, but are also
active, curious, and sometimes stubborn. They can also be fun-loving, playful
and protective, making them a very loyal dog.