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Affenpinscher Breed Profile


With their cute monkey-like expression, Affenpinschers are playful, mischievous little dogs that are very adaptable to changing conditions. This non-shedding, small dog is ideal for apartment and condo living making them nice companions for the elderly. They also do well with families with older, respectful children.


Origin:             Germany
Utilization:      Companion
Registration:   AKC Toy Group
Size:                Small
Height:            9 1/2-11 1/2 inches
Weight:           7-9 pounds
Lifespan:         12-14 years
Shedding:        None if groomed regularly
Colors:             Black, red & black, tan
                        & beige

Affenpinscher Links:

 Affenpinscher Gifts
 Affenpinscher Rescue Group
 Affenpinscher Club Of America

Affenpinscher Breed Facts:

Grooming:   The non-shedding, shaggy coat of an Affenpinscher will need weekly brushings and grooming every 3 months.

Social Skills:   This little dog gets along with other dogs and household pets.

Personality:   Very devoted to its owner, Affenpinschers are very playful and affectionate. They possess a "big dog' in a little body attitude and are a very agile, terrier-like dog; curious, fearless, mischievous and playful. Generally quiet, they are fearless towards any aggressor.

Children:   Very good with older, respectful children.

Housing:   Very active, but easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. Ideal for apartment and condo living. Make nice companions for the elderly.

Exercise:   Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.

Training:   Intelligent. Trains easily - begin early training.

Health:   Hip displaysia, patellar luxation. More information on Affenpinscher inherited health disorders.

History:   Affenpinschers have an origin from Germany and are known as a 'Schnauzer' ratter-type of dog whose purpose was to hunt and kill rats.

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