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Affenpinscher
Wonderful toy breed full of delightful energy and a Terrier spirit.  Ideal for the person that wants a charming companion.  It is important to heavily socialize and to avoid to overly indulge as it is not good for their health or temperament.
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General Information
Group(s): Toy Height: 9-11 1/2 inches
Weight: 9-12 pounds Longevity: usually into the teens
Colors: black, gray, silver, black/tan, red with some accents; minimal white Coat type: dense, rough and harsh about 1 inch long
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Big dog in a small dog body. Terrier appearance, bold with balanced body neither delicate nor ponderous. Unique head and rough coat encourage the highly unusual "monkey-like" expression.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: rather high
General Nature: intelligent and entertaining but also bold to the point of fearlessness
  with Children: generally good when handled appropriately, as a Toy Dog, very small children not advisable
  with other pets: generally good but again, bold fearlessness can lead to issues
  with dogs: generally good but bold, fearlessness could lead to issues
Socialization requirements: relatively high to avoid the tyrannical behavior of the indulged or fearfulness of the insecure
Ideal home characteristics: one that can protect this character from his own boldness as well as appreciate a highly refined sense of humor and intellect
Temperament Notes: Physically an easy to accomodate dog, mentally, would outhink most owners
Training requirement: basic manners including knowledge of off (as in furniture) so as to help establish alpha
Trainer notes:

This bright and vibrant breed is often overlooked as a training partner.  Granted, its diminutive size means that you will be using your back and knees alot to bend down and assist or reward but the rewards are a happy and intriguing worker.  On the other hand, the Affenpinscher's very terrier like attitude will make him a difficult partner for the trainer that feels they can strong arm or bully the dog into a stellar performance.  Instead, the Aff is a natural entertainer and keeping the entire endeavor fun, happy and playful will make it successful in many ways.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: probably prior to the 17th century
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: ratter (stable)
History: Bred down from the stable terrier, the small Affenpinscher became the companion and mice catcher of the house for the ladies' pleasure.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: loss of proper head and coat, oversized
Health Notes: occasionally seen - luxating patellas, PDA, respiratory problems, legge-perthe's
Health Testing: OFA (elbows), CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:

 http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

 

  • How long have you had Affenpinschers?
  • Why do you have 
    Affenpinscher (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Affenpinscher?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Affenpinscher?
  • How would you describe the ideal Affenpinscher home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Affenpinscher?
  • Web Sites:

    http://www.affenrescue.org/- Affenpinscher Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.milouchouchou.com/fiche_race.php?alpha=186- Affenpinscher Standard FCI (International European Kennel Club)

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://affenpinscher.org/code_of_ethics.htm- Affenpinscher Club of America Code of Ethics

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