The toy dog, Affenpinscher, is reminiscent of a terrier, with wiry fur. It has exceptional intelligence and is quite friendly to household members, either humans or animals.Back in the days this strong dog breed was used to hunt vermin. Referred to by the french as “mustachioed little devil,” the mischievous Affenpinscher has lengthy eyebrows and pronounced beards.
How it looks
There’s something serious but comical about how the Affenpinscher looks. This is because of their eyebrows, which are rather long, and beards, which are rather pronounced. This dog’s coat is typically rough, and measures at least an inch throughout its body, except for that covering the chest, legs, stomach, and neck, which are usually longer.
The Affenpinscher’s coat’s evolutionary purpose is vermin and weather protection. Meanwhile, this dog’s torso is squarish and well-proportioned, housing a sturdy and compact bone structure. Though smaller than your regular terrier working dog, the Affenpinscher is physically active and is equipped with enough nimbleness and toughness to hunt mice and rats.
This dog walks with lightness and confidence.
How it behaves
If you are prone to raising more than one canine at a time, you can’t go wrong with t.he Affenpinscher. This dog is quite amiable toward their fellow canine, as well as to their human family as well.
Considered a terrier “monkey”, the Affenpinscher is prone to behaving like one. It is brash and inquisitive, stubborn and hyper-active. It likes to bark and climb.
How to care for an Affenpinscher
This dog requires a lot of physical exercise. These may include indoor play times and regular walk outdoors. The Affenpinscher cannot survive as an outdoor dog, this despite their love of outdoor plays and activities.
Comb the Affenpinscher’s coat at least twice per week and have it groomed at least once within a three-month duration.
The Affenpinscher’s health
The average lifespan of this dog is between 12 and 14 long years. As far as dog lifespans go, that’s a fairly impressive number. The Affenpinscher is highly susceptible to diseases such as corneal ulcers, patellar luxation, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), respiratory problems, and open fontanel.
Bear in mind, however, that these conditions only occur when the dog is not properly taken care of.
It is not entirely clear where the Affenpinscher originates. However, its likeness has been seen in sketches of Dutch artists for as early as the 15th century. Come the 17th century, this dog breed became popular in Europe’s central region, where it was used to track vermin. Along this time it was also a favorite to German dog owners, who used it to keep stables and kitchens rodent-free.
Just because the Affenpinscher is not as popular as other dog breeds, it does not mean that it is not worthy of a dog lover’s care and favor. In fact, if you want to go against the grain, choosing this dog might just become your source of newfound joy and excitement. Goofy looking as it is, this dog is nonetheless adorable.
Most importantly, the Affenpinscher is fiercely loyal to its owner.