Have you ever heard of an Affenpinscher? You are not alone. Here is some information about this purebred dog. The Affenpinscher is a wiry-haired toy dog whose demeanor and intelligence make it a good house pet. It originated from Germany to rid kitchens, granaries, and stables of rodents.

Here are seven facts about the Affenpinscher:

  1. Also Known As

This dog breed is also known as Affen, Affie, African Terrier, Monkey Dog, and Monkey Terrier.

  1. Susceptible to Health Problems

Since it is a pure breed, the Affenpinscher is more susceptible to some health problems than other breeds. Affenpinscher’s are prone to hip dysplasia, which is a painful and unpleasant condition that can cause lameness in dogs. They are also more susceptible to collapsed tracheas. Let your veterinarian monitor your dog for warning signs of these health issues.

  1. Confused as a Terrier

People often confuse the Affenpinscher for the terrier breed. An Affenpinscher is actually a Pinscher, which refers to a number of related breeds that were used for fighting, ratting, and guarding. Other Pinscher breeds include the Miniature Pinscher, Doberman, and German Pinscher.

  1. Ancestral to the Griffon Bruxellois

The Affenpinscher was one of the breeds used to create the Griffon Bruxellois, which is also a Brussels Griffon.

  1. Black Coat Color

The most common color of the Affenpinscher breed is a black coat. Their other coat colors include silver, red, tan, and beige, which is a very recognizable mix of red, brown, black, and white hairs.

  1. Miniature Schnauzer Family

The Affenpinscher is also ancestral to the Miniature Schnauzer, which should be recognizable to a fair number of people because of their bushy beards. This is a characteristic that it shares with other Schnauzers, which can grow their beards so long as the hair around their noses is permitted to grow out.

  1. Personality Traits

Generally speaking, Affenpinschers are confident dogs. Unfortunately, this is something that can sometimes turn into willfulness, thus making training them that much more challenging. On top of this, Affenpinschers need a varied training routine to produce the best results and keep boredom away. Some breeders say that they are not good with very young children. Some dogs are more territorial than others. The Affenpinscher tends to be a territorial creature when it comes to their food as well as their toys. Due to this, they are not necessarily a good fit for families with very young children, who might not be able to deal with these tendencies very well. Affenpinschers are very interesting because they are little dogs with big personalities.

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Affenpinscher dog. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming, and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.