Friday, March 4, 2011


Affenpinschers were originally farm dogs who were kept in barns and stables to control the rats (hence their former name, “ratting terriers”). They were then bred to a smaller size and trained to become the household mouser. Today, the Affenpinscher still remains one of the most agile dogs, and they perform well in the increasingly popular sport, Agility. Their protective and aggressive nature also make them good watch dogs, especially for apartment owners who can not keep larger dogs. 

Affenpinscher Personality The Affen is a very curious and mischievous dog, and is better suited to owners who want an active pet (and can take their antics with a sense of humor). Affenpinschers are intelligent, but bore very quickly, making it more difficult to teach complex commands. Some affens may even be hard to housebreak. However, firm and consistent discipline is needed, especially as this dog can be very aggressive. The Affenpinscher is not a good pet for families with young children. 

Exercise Needs This active dog gets all its exercise needs just by playing indoors. Psychologically, however, Affens may need an occasional short walk outside to satisfy their curiosity and desire to explore. Living Conditions The Affen’s small size makes them ideal for those who live in apartments or small homes without a yard. However, they are uncomfortable in very warm environments (as a general rule, temperature should be below 75 degrees F).

Grooming Requirements The Affenpinscher's coat needs to be brushed and combed once a week, and hair around the eyes should be trimmed to avoid irritation. Observe for, and immediately correct, any hair that grows into the corners of the eyes. Never clip the coat short to avoid ruining its shape. Affens do not shed. Health Issues The Affen is one of the healthiest breeds with no known serious genetic problems. It may occasionally suffer respiratory problems in hot weather, common among short-nose dogs.

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