Appearance The Affenpinscher is a balanced. wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor make it a good house pet. Originating in Germany, the name Affenpinscher means "monkey-like terrier." The breed was developed to rid the kitchens, granaries and stables of rodents. In France the breed is described as the "Diablotin Moustachu" or the mustached little devil. Both describe the appearance and attitude of this delightful breed. The total overall appearance of the Affenpinscher is more important than any individual characteristic. He is described as having a neat but shaggy appearance.
Temperament General demeanor is game, alert and inquisitive with great loyalty and affection toward its master and friends. The breed is generally quiet, but can become vehemently excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless toward any aggressor.
The Affenpinscher is a happy combination of charm and pluck. A small dog with stamina, agility, and great courage, yet upon occasion displays sensitivity and gentleness. Unusually intelligent an quick to learn, the Affen possesses a thinking process one can only observe with disbelief.
History The breed dates from around year 1420 and was already then portrayed in the paintings of famous painters such as Dürer (1471-1528) and van Eyckl (1390-1441). At the end of 1880's"zwergaffenpinscher" was known in Germany as a family companion and an active guard dog. There are many theories regarding the origin of the Affenpinscher. Some professionals believe that the breed developed from a small, already extinct German terrier. Some people think that the breed is a descendant of a pinscher and others believe it to be a descendant of the miniature snautscher. According to one theory, the Affenpinscher is descended from the Griffon. Like the other snautscher-pinscher breeds Affenpinscher was firstly used as a rat dog and a guard dog. The Affenpinscher received a detailed breed specification in Germany in 1900.
Health The lifespan of the Affenpinscher is around twelve to fourteen years, and this is generally quite a healthy and robust breed. However, there are health problems that can run in lines, and some of the more common ones include heart murmurs, Legg Perthes, luxating patella, and kidney problems.
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