Affenpinscher

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Group: Toy

Size: 7 to 10 pounds

Colors: black, gray, silver, red, black and tan, beige

Health problems: Brachycephalic syndrome, patellar luxation

Life span: Up to 12 years.

Affenpinschers are one of the oldest dog breeds still seen today. Originally from Germany, their name translates to “monkey terrier.” (Their faces resemble monkeys.) Affenpinschers were originally bred as a large dog that was used to hunt rats. Over the years Affenpinschers have been bred down to the “toy” size, but their hunting instincts remain.

Frequent grooming is required for their course, shaggy coat. (This can be achieved with regular brushing and the occasional trip to the groomer.)

Affenpinschers are curious and intelligent, yet also stubborn and feisty. Consistent obedience training and proper socialization is extremely beneficial for these cuties. A daily walk can help to expend their moderate energy level, Make it a short walk; their stubby faces can lead to breathing difficulties.

Affenpinschers have big personalities that are crammed into small dogs. They are independent with a soft side. They form close bonds and will serve as a protector. If your Affenpinscher has problems with children or other pets, proper socialization will be needed to keep the peace in your household.

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