The Affenpinscher is a lovable and devoted breed of toy canine. Originating in Germany, the Affenpinscher's name means 'monkey-like terrier', due to its mischievous personality and facial features. These small and sturdy canines have a coarse, wiry coat and bushy eyebrows that make them look a bit like miniature lions. Their admirable courage and bold, fearless nature mean that these dogs are often underestimated in terms of size and breed.
Training and Care
Affenpinschers are intelligent and eager to please, making them an ideal breed of dog for novice owners. They will require a moderate amount of physical activity and enjoy a host of activities such as agility or ‘self-play’. Socialization should also be a key component in your training regime so that they can learn the basics such as recall, housebreaking, and dealing with strangers.
Diet and Nutrition
Affenpinschers should receive a balanced diet full of healthy proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It is important to feed them appropriate amounts as they can easily gain weight. As with most small breeds, puppy foods may be necessary, as they provide the necessary elevated energy and nutrient requirements.
Despite their toy size, Affenpinschers tend to have few health problems beyond those typically occurring in smaller breeds. The most common concern is luxating patellas, which is when the kneecap slips out of place. In extreme cases, reconstructive surgery may be necessary.
The Affenpinscher breed has been around since at least the 17th century in Germany. Often used as a rat catcher by farmers, they eventually moved into the homes of many affluent German families as kept companions. In 1936, these little dogs were recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Where to Buy or Adopt
Affenpinschers can be found in both pet shops and rescue organizations. When looking to purchase a puppy, always make sure you are familiar with the seller or breeder you are buying from. Adopting an Affenpinscher from a rescue organization may cost up to $400 depending on the location and organization you select.