Affenpinscher

Ease of Training
Shedding
Watchdog
Guard Dog
Popularity
Size

History

  • He's one of the most ancient toy dogs
  • He originated from central Europe in the 17th century from terriers who were kept on farms, stables and homes to kill the rats
  • He was developed in Munich, Germany
  • Affenpinscher means "Monkey Terrier"
  • It's believed he was used as a parent in the development of the Miniature Schnauzer and Brussels Griffon dog breeds

Personality and Behavior

  • He's intelligent, active and playful
  • He's self-confident and takes himself very seriously which can be humorous
  • He's loyal, loving and affectionate to his master and family
  • He's protective of his family
  • He's slow to make friends with strangers and other dogs
  • He will chase any small creature that runs across the ground
  • He can handle long walks and hikes
  • He will fearlessly take on a dog 10 times his size if he's provoked
  • He likes to explore and investigate things
  • He's alert and will bark at the presence of a stranger on his turf making him a great watchdog
  • He can be difficult to housebreak
  • He's very territorial and possessive of his things
  • He's great with children who respect and treat him gently

Training

  • He's easy to train because he learns commands at an above average rate.

Shedding

  • He sheds virtually no hair. You'll be hard-pressed to find a hair in your home! (Good for clean-freaks)

Grooming / Maintenance

  • Option 1: Clip his coat short every few months and then it only needs an occasional brushing.
  • Option 2: Strip his medium-length coat (pluck the dead hairs out) every 6 months and brush it occasionally.

Other varieties

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