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Older Children


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Novice Owners

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Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Affenpinscher Temperament, Pictures and Dog Breed Information

Affenpinscher Breed Notes

Affenpinscher Temperament:  

Affenpinchers have a unique personality and robust physical appearance, being known for their terrier-like hunting ability's, impressive athletic qualities as well as having an almost monkey-like face and amazing array of expressions.

“Affen’s” are true people dogs, and love to be actively involved in what is going on in the family. Playful at heart, the Affenpinscher loves to find mischievous things to do, both for the amusement  the family and to keep themselves occupied.

The Affenpinscher temperament is quite terrier like and they possess many of the same personality traits, for example, unlike most ‘Toy’ dog breeds Affens wont just accept anyone willy-nilly preferring to be with their family,

Grooming: The Affenpinscher's naturally wiry type coat requires regular grooming to keep tangles from developing. A wire brush or good quality pin brush, as well as a wide tooth metal comb are usually all the supplies that are required. It is important to brush the Affenpinscher at least every other day to keep the shaggy coat free from tangles.

They are considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Exercise The Affenpinscher is a moderately active dog that does require regular exercise. They can be exercised in relatively small areas, and will play indoors just as well as out. In general, Affenpinschers love to get outdoors to run and play. They are natural climbers, and seem to want to explore all of the area they are allowed to run in.

Health Problems The Affenpinscher  has a number of health  issues the concerning eyes, teeth joints  thyroid and heart most serious being Legg Perthes disease and  PDA ( Patent ductus arteriosis ).

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Children Like many of the terriers, this dog is rather protective of food and possessions such as toys, bedding and bones. They are a good family dog but do best with older children . You might like to check out some other dog breeds that are good with children especially if you have youngsters.

Protection: Although a small dog, the Affenpinscher is a loyal and protective breed that will bark very loudly when he or she feels threatened or thinks that the family or property needs protecting. They can be very fierce, even in the face of much larger dogs or strangers  trying to come into their yard or territory.

Training This dog is very easy to train, but does require constant change in their routine to prevent boredom and non-compliance. The breed is very quick at learning complex tricks and routines, and they really love a challenge. They do not do well when left alone for long periods of time, and should always be around people more than left alone. House training can be a challenge with this dog.

The Perfect Affenpinscher Owner

Is confident who enjoys the independent and wilful nature of this lively little dog and has plenty of time for play and activities.

Not Recommended For: Small children, easy house breaking, those wanting a refined mild mannered toy dog

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. Why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different types of small dog breeds.

The Affenpinscher temperament is  Busy, Curious, Pushy, Alert And Adventurous

Affenpinschers or “Monkey Dogs” are one of the oldest toy breeds and are believed to have originated from any number of small terrier type dogs which were adept at dispatching rats, and were abundant in Central Europe during 17th Century. In Germany they seem to have graduated from getting rid of rats in the kitchens and stables of large houses to being ladies lap-dogs. As such they would kill mice in the home,warm their mistresses' laps as well as amuse  the household with their comical antics.

Known as the Affenpinscher in Germany, (affen meaning monkey and pinscher meaning terrier) and more aptly diablotin moustachu or “moustached little devil” in France The breed was recognised by the AKC in 1936.

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 The American Kennel Club and Others

…”Affenpinchers are curious, playful and a bit bossy, tweaking cat’s tails and climbing eagerly (even six-foot fences!)They form their own opinions and can be stubborn…

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match