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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The Affenpinscher is a toy breed. They are funny, quiet, playful, and with unique "monkey-like" faces, Affenpinschers tend to make nice house pets.

Here are the characteristics of the Affenpinscher breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Affenpinschers' Behavior

Recommended for: house pets

Affenpinschers tend to be very playful and loyal. Also, they are usually quiet. However, they also tend to respond vehemently to any aggression or threat.

Remember that breed only provides a general descriptions as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Affenpinscher Physical Characteristics

* Special characteristic: "monkey-like" face
* Size: small, about 9 1/2-11 1/2 inches tall; about the size of a terrier
* Coat: dense, rough hair about 1" long, possibly shorter in the back and longer on the head, neck, chest, stomach, and legs.
* Color: Black, gray, silver, red, black-and-tan, or belge.
* Eyes: round, dark, with black rims.
* Ears: Cropped to a point.
* Skull: round/domed
* Muzzle: short, about as long as the space between the eyes
* Nose: black and straight
* Tail: small tail set high that stands out over the back of the dog while he or she is moving

Affenpinscher Origins and History

Country/Region of Origin: Germany

Original purpose: To kill rodents in kitchens and on farms.

Name: The name Affenpinscher comes from Germany and means "monkey-like terrier."

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