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Friday, October 8, 2010

Affenpinscher Information


Everything about Affenpinscher






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General Description


(Affen) The Affenpinscher is an undersized, friendly-faced relative of the terrier. The breed features a thick coat of fur that occurs in longer, beard-like tufts around the face and neck. Despite the Affenpinscher’s small stature, he is not a delicate dog. Affenpinschers boast square-shaped bodies and stout, strong limbs. They are a very well-boned breed with short, arched necks and deep chests. Affenpinschers have round, prominent eyes with a wise, owl-like expression and short, upturned noses. The breed’s tails are usually docked to about two-thirds of their natural size. Their ears are regularly cropped so that they are pointed and stand upright. The Affenpinscher’s coat is typically black or dark gray in color, but tan and red coats are also considered acceptable.
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Character

The Affenpinscher’s personality is very similar to that of a typical terrier. Unlike most terriers, however, Affenpinschers are more inclined to socialize and get along with other pets. Affenpinschers are persistent, curious, and extremely playful by nature. They have a mischievous streak, but they are quick-witted and responsive to commands. Some Affenpinschers might be difficult to housebreak, but other than that, they are a breed that’s comparatively easy to train. Because of their animated personality and propensity to become bored, Affenpinschers like variety in their daily routines. While Affenpinschers are very loving pets and enjoy being with their families, they are not recommended for families with small children. This is because Affenpinschers frequently guard their food and are protective of their toys. Instinctually courageous and confident, Affenpinschers might foolishly challenge a large animal or get overly excited when threatened. They are a dog that does best with a family that will appreciate their humorous antics.
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Size

10-15 inches
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Weight

7-8 pounds
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General Health

Like most other short-nosed breeds, Affenpinschers may be prone to some respiratory problems in warm weather. Some are also more likely to get fractures and slipped stifle. Overall, the Affenpinscher is a dog with very few major health concerns. The average life span of an Affenpinscher is 10-12 years. The breed does not require exercise, as they can keep fit by playing indoors. They do enjoy walks in mild temperatures. Affenpinschers average 1-3 puppies per litter.

The average Affenpinscher litter is larger. Most are between 3 to 8, with an average of 5.

Some Affenpinschers may have heavy eye discharge.
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History

The Affenpinscher’s exact origination is unknown. A relative of the Brussels Griffon and somehow linked to the terrier, it’s probable that the Affenpinscher came about in Germany. The breed is derived from a farm dog that was probably much larger in size. Originally, the Affenpinscher was a house pet used to catch rats and alert their owners of intruders. To this day, Affenpinschers make excellent watchdogs.

The Affenpinscher is one of the oldest of the toy breeds. They are known as The Black Devil because of their mischief ways.
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Maintenance

Affenpinshers’ coats should be regularly brushed and combed. Do not clip their hair, as it can severely damage the coat. An Affenpinscher’s fur may require plucking, but usually this is done by professionals. Hairs can sometimes grow in the corners of an Affenpinscher’s eyes, and these hairs should be removed immediately to avoid irritation. Affenpinschers are considered non shedding dogs, but some loose hair may accumulate around the house.
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Ideal Environment

Affenpinschers do well in any environment. They don’t need a yard, and they will do just fine in an apartment. They are very playful indoors. Hot weather conditions can wreak havoc on an Affenpinscher’s coat and make it more difficult for them to breathe properly.

Affenpinschers love to play outside and like to dig. They are not as likely to get into mischief if they get to run and play several in the yard.

10 comments:

  1. i hate small dogs
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  2. nice info, you should do some bigger dogs, too ^^

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  3. I would love to see some info on Huskies, I really want one of those.

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  4. @zygg today i will make the post about Huskies

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  5. Cute little buggers... i actually never heard of this breed...

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  6. i love small dogs, we had a dachshund in the past

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  7. This dog is perfect for compay and friendship:)
    Is inteligent and smart:) and cute :)
    like Huskies :)

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