The Affenpinscher originated from Germany and was used on farms for hunting vermin. Because of their small size they made good companions and were favored over larger dogs by people living in the cities. They were used in the house and the barn to get rid of mice, and were also used as entertainment because they were considered to be funny dogs.
Affenpinschers were also excellent travelers and were able to adapt to change very easily.
The breeding of these dogs was discontinued with the beginning of World War II. In the 1950’s the breeding was revived but they are still a fairly rare breed, even today.
Affenpinschers are known for their monkey-like face and their many unusual facial expressions. Even though they are small in size they are very athletic and are good hunting dogs.
The head of an Affenpinscher is round in shape and there is a very noticeable stop between the eyes and the muzzle.
Their nose is very distinguished and their hair grows away from the nose with a beard around the mouth. The eyes are round and are black in color.
Their wiry coat is thick and rough, and is relatively easy to care for as long as it is kept clipped. They are considered to be hypoallergenic. Although the color black comes to mind when thinking of an Affenpinscher, they actually come in a variety of colors; black, tan, grey, silver, red, and beige.
Personality and Temperament
The Affenpinscher is a terrier-like toy pinscher with a lot of energy and curiosity. They are playful, fun-loving, and adventurous, and stubborn.
The Affenpinscher likes its own space and generally will become excitable if approached by unfamiliar people or dogs. They can be very territorial and can be very possessive of their food, toys and bedding. Generally, many Affenpinschers become quite aggressive if they feel that their space is being invaded by others.
They are very good watch dogs, and are very protective of their family. In spite of their small size, they show no fear when confronting an aggressor. They are most intuitive when meeting new people for the first time.
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As long as they are socialized early enough, they can be extremely good company. However, Affenpinscher puppies may not do well with small children; they are fearful of loud noises and playful children that may react too harshly towards it. Even though the Affenpinscher is a good family dog and is very loyal to its owners, it is mostly good around older children that know how to handle this type of breed.
Affenpinschers will get along very well with other pets, when introduced to them as a puppy.
This type of dog does not do well if left alone for long periods; they prefer to be around people most of the day. And of course, like most dogs, it’s recommended that you avoid teasing Affenpinschers as this could cause a negative effect in their behavior.
The Affenpinscher can be extremely stubborn and will have temper tantrums if not trained properly. Giving into their tantrums is not wise, as this breed is highly intelligent and will quickly learn to use their tantrums to manipulate their owners and get their way. However, they will do well, and become a fun and loyal companion, if patiently trained.