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Affenpinscher dogs originated\r\nin the 17th century Germany and are one of the most ancient of the\r\nToy Breeds or little dogs. "Afffe" is German for Monkey and Affenpinschers are known\r\nas a "Monkey Terrier" because they often have monkey-like expression on their\r\nface. In France they are known as the "little devil with a mustache".

\r\n\r\nAffenpinscher Dogs had a\r\nsignificant influence in the development of several smaller rough-coated dogs\r\nin continental Europe, including the Miniature\r\nSchnauzers and the Brussels Griffon breeds.

\r\n\r\nAffenpinscher Dogs\r\narrived in the United States sometime in the mid 1930's, and they were first\r\nrecognized as an official breed by the AKC in 1936.Affenpinschers\r\nwere originally created to be ratters - little dogs that removed rodents from\r\nstables, granaries, and kitchens. Today, their primary function is\r\nthat of an amiable companion. They are\r\ngenerally a quiet dog, but are quick-witted, highly inquisitive, have a\r\nfearless demeanor and will not back down regardless of the size of a potential\r\nthreat. This “little dog syndrome” is not recommended around very small\r\nchildren as they can also be quite territorial about their toys or food and can\r\nget very animated when threatened or attacked.


\r\n\r\nAffenpinschers Dogs are most\r\nclosely compared to the terrier breed. They differ from terriers, however, in\r\nthat they are actually more closely related to the pinscher-schnauzer dog\r\nbreed. They weigh between 6.5 to 13.2 pounds and stands 9 to 12 inches tall.

\r\n\r\nTheir coats are shaggy over\r\ntheir heads and shoulders, forming a mane; but a shorter coat over their back\r\nand hind quarters. Their harsh coat must never be clipped short as this can\r\nruin it for many years.Their coats\r\nserve as protection in more extreme weather conditions.

\r\n\r\nAffenpinschers are typically\r\nblack, however, they are also found in grey, silver, red, black and tan, and a\r\nmixture of red, brown, black and white hairs called belge. They are a\r\nlow-shedding dog, however frequent grooming reduces the amount of hair in their\r\nenvironments.

\r\n\r\nAffenpinschers tend to live\r\nan average of 11 years, a bit less than most breeds their size.They do not do well in hot weather climates\r\ndue to their very short faces. Sometimes breathing problems may arise, so they\r\nmust be kept in an air conditioned home.

\r\n\r\nSometimes Affenpinscher Dogs\r\ncan be difficult to housebreak and need consistent, varied, and firm training,\r\nas they have a very strong personality. They are a very loyal breed, but are\r\nalso active, curious, and sometimes stubborn. They can also be fun-loving,\r\nplayful and protective, making them a very loyal dog. \r\n\r\n

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