Description of Affenpinscher dogs Like most other short-nosed breeds, Affenpinschers may be prone to some respiratory problems in warm weather. Some are also more likely to get fractures and slipped stifle. Overall, the Affenpinscher is a dog with very few major health concerns. The average life span of an Affenpinscher is 10-12 years. The breed does not require exercise, as they can keep fit by playing indoors. They do enjoy walks in mild temperatures. Affenpinschers average 1-3 puppies per litter.The average Affenpinscher litter is larger. Most are between 3 to 8, with an average of 5.Some Affenpinschers may have heavy eye discharge.Most are prone to Brachcephalic Syndrome and Patellar Luxation.
The Affenpinscher’s exact origination is Germany. Belonging to the Toy Group
, the Affenpinscher is one of the oldest known toy breeds. With a distinctive mustached muzzle, the Affenpinscher origin is clouded in uncertainty. Seen in Dutch paintings from the fifteenth century, this tiny breed adorned many a noble man and noble lady’s lap. Bred to kill rodents, this tiny dog is a formidable hunter and tireless tracker for anything rodent-sized found in his home. The breed is now found worldwide, but enjoys the most popularity in Germany. The AKC formally acknowledged the breed in 1936. The breed is derived from a farm dog that was probably much larger in size. Originally, the Affenpinscher was a house pet used to catch rats and alert their owners of intruders. To this day, Affenpinschers make excellent watchdogs.
The Affenpinscher is one of the oldest of the toy breeds. They are known as The Black Devil because of their mischief ways.
Height: 10-15 inches (25-38 cm.) Weight: 7-8 pounds (3-3.36 kg.)
There are no major concerns, although some are prone to fractures and slipped stifle. Occasionally seen are PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), and open fontanel. Like any short-nosed breed, the Affenpinscher may suffer from respiratory problems in hot weather.
Care and grooming
Affenpinshers’ coats should be regularly brushed and combed. Do not clip their hair, as it can severely damage the coat. An Affenpinscher’s fur may require plucking, but usually this is done by professionals. Hairs can sometimes grow in the corners of an Affenpinscher’s eyes, and these hairs should be removed immediately to avoid irritation. Affenpinschers are considered non shedding dogs, but some loose hair may accumulate around the house.
10 to 12 yr
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