A Committed New Owner of Affenpinscher

  • 16/08/2012

By now you should understand what makes the Affenpinscher a most unique and special dog, one that you feel may fit nicely into your family and lifestyle. If you have researched breeders, you should be able to recognize a knowledgeable and responsible Affenpinscher breeder who cares not only about his pups but also about what kind of owner you will be. If you have completed the final step in your new journey, you have found an Affenpinscher litter, or possibly two, of quality Affenpinscher pups.

A visit with the puppies and their breeder should be an education in itself. Breed research, breeder selection and puppy visitation are very important aspects of finding the puppy of your dreams. Beyond that, these things also lay the foundation for a successful future with your pup. As we've mentioned, Affenpinscher puppy personalities within each litter vary, from the shy and easygoing puppy to the one who is dominant and assertive, with most pups falling somewhere in between. By spending time with the Affenpinscher puppies you will be able to recognize certain behaviors and what these behaviors indicate about each pup's temperament. Which type of pup will complement your family dynamics is best determined by observing the Affenpinscher puppies in action within their "pack" and seeing which one appeals to you most. Your breeder's expertise and recommendations are valuable. Although you may fall in love with a bold and brassy male, the breeder may suggest that another pup would be best for you. The breeder's experience in rearing Affenpinscher pups and matching their temperaments with appropriate humans offers the best assurance that your Affenpinscher pup will meet your needs and expectations. The type of puppy that you select is just as important as your decision that the Affenpinscher is the breed for you.

Your Affenpinscher puppy is a living sentient being that will be dependent on you for basic survival for his entire life. Beyond the basics of survival--food, water, shelter and protection--he needs much, much more. The new pup needs love, nurturing and a proper canine education to mold him into a responsible, well-behaved canine citizen. Your Affenpinscher's health and good manners will need consistent monitoring and regular "tuneups," so your job as a responsible dog owner will be ongoing throughout every stage of his life. If you are not prepared to accept these responsibilities and commit to them for upwards of the next decade, then you are not prepared to own a dog of any breed.

Remember that owning an Affenpinscher is a serious commitment that should not be undertaken lightly. A dog is a living thing that is not disposable. If you have any doubts about whether this is the right breed for you, or if you are not willing to provide a caring home for your pet for his entire lifetime, do not buy the dog. Remember, the Affenpinscher can live to be 15 years of age, so this is no short-term commitment. Nevertheless, unforeseen circumstances do occur. It is therefore appropriate to ask what the breeder would do if for some extraordinary reason you were unable to provide a home for your Affenpinscher in the future. Most responsible breeders will be willing to help you find a loving home for a dog they have bred, but this does not mean that you should back out of your commitment to your dog except in the most extenuating circumstances.

Although the responsibilities of owning a dog may at times tax your patience, the joy of living with your Affenpinscher far outweighs the workload, and a well-mannered adult dog is worth your time and effort. Before your very eyes, your new charge will grow up to be your most loyal friend, amusing you and devoted to you unconditionally.

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