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The Affenpinscher is a terrier-looking toy dog, which word actually translates to Monkey Terrier in German. Originally bred as ratters in homes and stables, today the Affens moved up in status becoming ladies’ companions. The Affen has a scruffy look with its moustache and beard, hence “Monkey Dog.” It weighs 6 to 13 pounds and stands 23 to 30 centimetres tall. Although Affens are small, much like a perpetual baby, they are one of the fiercest terrier dogs filled with spunk and personality. The lifespan of Affens is between 12 and 14 years.
Are you thinking of getting an Affenpinscher? Here is a brief background of this delightful monkey-faced dog.
Interestingly, the Affenpinscher is one of the oldest breeds of toy dogs, originating in Germany in the 17th century. The name is a German word that means Monkey Terrier. This breed was developed to get rid of rodents in kitchens, stables, stores, and granaries. The breed became popular in the UK and USA during the 1950s.
The Affen may be described as a terrier-looking toy dog but it is actually part pinscher-schnauzer. It typically weighs 6 to 13 pounds and stands 23 to 30 centimetres tall. The breed is described in France as “Diablotin Moustachu,” which means moustached little devil. It has a domed skull with short muzzle and ears. The standard colour should be black but grey shading is acceptable.
Its hair is wiry in nature. It has shaggier hair at the head and shoulder part, and short coat at the back and hind. To keep a fluffy and softer coat, regular brushing, as well as clipping and trimming are required. Affens are included on the hypoallergenic category and shedding is very minimal.
The rest is basic grooming such as trimming the nails every few weeks. Since small breeds are prone to gum disease, don’t forget to brush the teeth regularly for good oral health. Also check for any signs of inflammation like redness and other abnormalities. Make sure to check with a veterinarian if you find something not normal.
This nosey toy dog is often described as amusing yet serious. It is a very playful and comical pooch who also loves attention. It is loving and loyal to its owners and generally gets along with other dogs. Some people misread its adorable monkey-like appearance as soft. However, it does not back down from threats of strangers or larger animals. It can be territorial when it comes to food and toys so it is not recommended for homes with small children.
The Affenpinscher is confident, intelligent and easy to train. Nevertheless, like most toy dogs, Affens tend to be difficult to housebreak as they are quick and sneaky. This can also be attributed to its willful and stubborn nature. They hate being left alone for long periods of time and can suffer from separation anxiety.
Like humans, each dog is unique regardless of its predisposed temperament know on its breed. Dogs or puppies who have experienced abuse will not behave the same way as those who have been raised in a loving family. Among the most significant factors that will determine a dog’s temperament are its environment, training and socialisation.
A typical serving for an adult Affenpinscher is 1/4 to 1/2 cup of excellent quality dry dog food per day. It is worth noting that the amount of food depends on your dog’s age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. Aside from the basic nutritional needs of its breed, you need to consider its needs based on its individual characteristics.
Typical calorie needs of adult Affenpinschers per day:
As a small dog with a fast metabolism, frequent small feedings are ideal for Affenpinschers. This encourages chewing given that this breed is prone to dental problems because of its small mouth. While it may enjoy eating vegetables and fruits, meat should make up at least 80% of its diet. Choose high-quality small-breed dog food specifically designed with vital nutrients and smaller kibbles. It should contain calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth. For a healthy coat, incorporate Omega-3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Including foods with probiotics like yogurt and cheese can promote a healthy digestive tract.
This toy dog is generally healthy but is predisposed to certain health risks usually related to its legs or hips. This includes Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, and Legg-Perthes. Some would also have heart murmurs, digestive problems and dental issues. The average life span of Affens is between 12 and 14 years.
As moderately active dogs, they require little exercise such as short brisk walks or free time in the backyard. Supervise exercise time because this tiny dog won’t back down from other bigger animals. Always make sure to take your pooch to the vet for regular check-ups to ensure its optimum health.
The price of the puppy is simply the first expense in the typical dog budget. For a well-bred pedigree Affen puppy, it will cost you around £450 – £600. Quality dog food, dog supplies and equipment, grooming costs and veterinary care (health maintenance) will add up to £600 – £1000 every year. This estimate does not include pet insurance and expenses incurred for special vet treatments and procedures. Thus, it is important to assess yourself if you can afford to support a canine addition to the family.
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