The Affenpinscher (Affen for short) was originally bred for the purpose of hunting vermin, both in the home and in shops. Nowadays, Affens make for a fun-sized companion, and has proven to be a breed particularly popular with ladies. As is the case with many toy dog breeds, Affens can be difficult to housetrain, and as such regular training throughout their early development is key in ensuring they grow up with a favourable temperament. Predominantly black in colour, the Affenpinscher is notorious for its monkey-like expression, leading it to be considered one of the most mischievous canine breeds. Despite this cheeky nature and their diminutive size, Affens are extremely loving and protective of their owners.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Although small and often affectionate, Affens are a rather territorial breed and as such are not recommended for families with young children. Affens are ideal for apartment living, their size allowing them to live comfortably in relatively small environments. They do of course require daily exercise as they are moderately active dogs, a short walk in the backyard each day usually enough to fulfil their needs. Due to their history as ratters, Affens do not do well with other pets that may fall into this category (hamsters, ferrets, mice etc.), their primal instinct being to hunt and kill these animals.
Common Health Issues
Patellar Luxation, Legg-Perthes Disease, Hip Dysplasia, Heart Murmurs.