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This mischievous and adventurous dog breed is known as ‘monkey terrier’, and for good reason. The Affenpinscher not only has a fun-loving and playful personality, he’s also known to climb. Throughout history he was a good vermin-catcher, and he’s very good with other family pets and dogs. He’s a busy dog, with his compact square-like build he’s not a dainty or delicate breed.
The Affenpinscher is a good choice for an apartment, and he does make a good family pet, but children especially need to be taught how to handle him. His facial hair and beard give him a comical look, which coincides with his personality and his entertaining temperament.
Take your Affenpinscher for a walk on a leash or play with him in the yard and you’ll satisfy his exercise needs nicely.Although he has a ball in the outdoors, he is not suited for living in a dog house. He’s a family pet.
Shaping of pets only requires clipping, but if your dog is for showing you’ll need to have him stripped. Be sure to brush his coat at least three times a week and shaped every three months.
The Affenpinscher is one the oldest toy dogs in history, dating back to the 1600s when they were a popular mouse-catcher and companion to ladies. His name is derived from monkey terrier, and he has earned the title. Even early on the 1700s he was known as ‘little devil with a moustache’.
They were later bred with pugs, German pinschers and silky pinschers, and he was even the model for other toy breeds. He was originally the most popular in Germany, and although the AKC recognized his breed in 1936, he is still one of the more rare toy dogs in the world.