Alfred Brehm wrote about him: "The dog must be considered one of the best. It is a lively and entertaining animal, devoted to man in the highest degree, cajoling and caressing its friends and very well-behaved in fighting with other dogs." The Affenpinscher.
The Affenpinscher belongs to group 2, section 1 according to FCI standard. These are the Pinscher and Schnauzer.
The Affenpinscher is a small dog. It grows 25 to 30 cm high and weighs 4 to 6 kg.
He can 12 to 15 years grow old.
The Affenpinscher has a rough black coat with black undercoat. His breed loses rather few hairs. The coat is stringy and dense. The single hair is hard. The hair on the head stands out radially around the face. Around the eyes grow bushy brows of spiky hair. He has a pronounced beard. This gives him the characteristic face.
The snout of the monkey pinscher is short. The upper jaw is also shortened. Thus, the Affenpinscher has a pre-bite. This means that the lower incisors are in front of the upper ones. But when the muzzle is closed, the teeth should not be visible. He does not have breathing problems like the Pug.
The bridge of the nose of the monkey pinscher is straight. His ears are set high. He carries them turned forward. His whole face looks flat because of the short muzzle and the pre-bite. His eyes are round and large.
The Affenpinscher is small and compactly built. Height and length are approximately the same. This means that he is built square. The profile is straight and slopes only slightly to the rear.
The tail is curved as a saber or sickle tail. The legs are strong and well muscled.
In character, the Affenpinscher is contradictory. On the one hand it is playful and adaptable. Therefore, he gets along well with children or other pets. On the other hand he is undaunted and a good guard to the outside. He vigorously defends his family and their property.
The Affenpinscher will look for a primary caregiver. He would do anything for them. He is very intelligent and gets bored easily. He always needs Variety. Because it is also still very persistent, it also needs much movement.
He can be very effervescent or also stubborn be and is in any case a small personality.
The right food
From the point of view of nutrition, your Affenpinscher is not problematic. Mostly these small dogs have no allergies or intolerances. With the food you should pay attention to high quality wet or dry food grasp. With dry food, the individual chunks should be mouth-friendly.
You can also use the feed prepare yourself. It is advisable to consult a nutritionist to ensure that your four-legged friend receives a balanced diet.
Especially with dry food, make sure that your Affenpinscher always has enough Fresh water has available!
With pleasure you can also give your Affenpinscher healthy treats give. Especially during training, treats will be a good help for you. However, you should subtract the amount from the food.
The amount of food depends on age, weight and activity. Some dogs are prone to obesity. Therefore, pay attention to the calorie consumption.
To keep the teeth clean, you can regularly clean it with Chews pamper. There is a large selection of them in the trade. Also, the chews should be adapted to the snout of your monkey pinscher. By the way, chewing snacks are also a good occupation for the bored dog.
It's best to give your Affenpinscher a rest before and after eating.
Your Affenpinscher is a robust, small dog. Nevertheless, he needs some care.
Especially the shaggy fur must be two or three times a week, first brushed through with a brush, and then combed with a metal comb. It's best to get your Affenpinscher used to this procedure as a puppy.
Twice a year you should trim the fur. Also, the hair around the eyes should be trimmed regularly to keep his eyes clear.
The Affenpinscher has a ton of energy. Besides, he gets bored quickly. Therefore he needs much movement and employment. In the type of employment he is very adaptable. You can just as well go hiking with him as do agility or just go to a lively dog group.
The education of the monkey pinscher is on the one hand unproblematic. He is intelligent, willing and learns quickly. On the other hand, he notices every inconsistency and weakness and exploits them. He cannot stand boredom and monotony. So you will have to be absolutely consistent in education and announcements.
The Affenpinscher is actually very compatible, but Rather suspicious of strangers. Towards other dogs he can become a little megalomaniac. That is why a good education is especially important with him.
Your Affenpinscher is not particularly demanding. You need a leash, a collar or Tableware, Bowls and a Dog bed or dog basket. For the small dog is a Transport box also recommended.
For his coat you should use a Brush, metal comb acquire as well as possibly a Tick Pliers. A joy you make him with toy, which challenges his intellect. There is a whole range of them to buy in stores.
Origin & History
The Affenpinscher is supposed to come from the south german room originate. In any case, he has a long history. Pinscher and Schnauzer used to run with the carters. Therefore, they have an indestructible constitution. At night they guarded the goods. Therefore they are good guard dogs.
Dogs that look similar to today's Affenpinscher have been around for a very long time. There is a painting by Jan van Eyck called 'The Arnolfini Wedding'. It is from 1434 and it shows a dog that looks like an Affenpinscher. Also from Albrecht Dürer there are pictures of monkey pinschers.
For a long time, dogs like the Affenpinscher were considered 'Rattler' bred. They were mainly to hunt mice and rats. They were not dogs for the nobility. They lived rather with the simple people. Therefore, now they still have their hunting instinct and indestructible health.
The first entry of a monkey pincher dates from 1879. Around 1900, Affenpinscher came into fashion. They came in many colors. White markings were also allowed.
Today, only a pure black coat with black undercoat is allowed.
The German Pinscher-Schnauzer Club 1895 is today responsible for the Affenpinscher and its breeding. It sets the breed standards worldwide.
The Affenpinscher is a very rare breed. In Germany there are 20 to 30 puppies per year.