Originally from Germany, the Affenpinscher’s bloodline can be traced back to the Belgian Griffon and Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon). The name has been derived from the German words affe ("ape", "monkey") and pinscher ("terrier"), due to its monkey-like and comical face. It is believed that during the initial stages, the Affenpinscher was raised as a farm dog for catching rodents. And during that period the dog was supposedly much larger in size. The Affenpinscher became a household pet during the 18th and 19th centuries when this breed of dog was miniaturized.
The Affenpinscher is a small dog with a square-body, and a monkey like face. It has a ruff and wiry-haired coat. This breed of dog has long hairs all over the face. The Affenpinscher usually has a black, silver, red, gray, black and tan, or beige colored coat. Most adult Affenpinschers can weigh around 7-8 pounds and grow up to a height of 10-15 inches.
black, gray, black and tan, red, silver and belge (mix of red, black and white hairs). Some white hairs and small white patches on the chest are acceptable.
Exhibiting a terrier like character, this breed of dog will get along with other dogs and pets if properly socialized from an early stage itself. This breed of dog is quiet active, playful, mischievous and stubborn. The Affenpinschers may not get along with young children. This breed of dog can get very excited when provoked.
Generally a very healthy breed of dog, Affenpinschers should be groomed regularly to prevent skin and coat problems. Some of the other common health concerns the Affenpinschers are prone to includes bone fractures, eye ulcers and infections, teeth problems, and respiratory problems.
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