All You Need To Know About The Affenpinscher

  • 13/11/2015

While the affenpinscher does bear a similarity to terriers, they are actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer breed which influences their personality completely. The terrier, contrary to popular belief, is not a very sociable dog and shows disdain to other animals; however, the affenpinscher is quite affectionate and very tolerant of others. Originally a dog used to remove vermin from a home, this dog is now owned as a companion pet for adults. This article will provide some information on this particular type of dog examining its appearance, any health concerns, and its overall personality.

The Appearance

This canine is a rather small animal standing at only 10 inches and weighing approximately 9 pounds. The affenpinscher has medium length fur and is available in different colors, although the most common coat color is black. The coat is commonly shaggy and very coarse or wirey giving the animal a 'devil may care' look; however, it should be noted that the hair on the face is longer and provides a very cheeky impression. This dog has been described as a square dog with a box-shaped body and very broad chest. The head has a pronounced square structure with a very short nose and docked, erect ears. It is often the case that the hair is quite curly and only adds to the disheveled appearance.

The Health Concerns

All animals have a susceptibility to health problems, and in the canine world the pureblood puppy has an even higher risk to detrimental medical conditions. Due to the short nose, the affenpinscher can suffer from respiratory problems, particularly in warm climates. Their bones are also quite weak and this animal is prone to bone fractures and breaks. This can be a problem as the bone may not heal quickly and when healed may have an abnormal shape. This can add to the problem of hip dysplasia which is a condition where the thighbone does not fit into the hip joint. Hip dysplasia can lead to arthritis and lameness.

The Personality

To meet their cheeky exterior, the affenpinscher is a busy, inquisitive and active dog. While they are keen to remain active and are quite sociable, this dog will not make a very good pet for young children. Despite their affectionate nature, the affenpinscher can become authoritarian if not trained and can display aggressive behavior to those who do not respond to his pack leader temperament.

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