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Affenpinscher Dog Breed Essential Tips

Jun 10, 2008
AffenPincher is a relatively small dog breed known for its playfulness and curiosity. This breed originally comes from Germany, and is very old. They look similar to apes, and are therefore sometimes also called "Monkey Dogs". You can see this appearing trait mostly in their faces, and not much otherwise. The dog eventually split into two breeds as well, one smaller version labelled AffenPincher and the other bigger more full-sized one named DwarfSchnauzer. Both names are as you might hear German. The last-named surprisingly holds the word dwarf in it, despite its size which is, compared to the other one, not very small at all. You can find carvings of this dog breed drawn on blocks of wood as early as the 14th century, and it's much older than that. The breed was first recorded in Germany 1879. Their full origins are unknown, but the story has it that a man named L'beck was the first to systematically start breeding this race in Germany. The breed was created to hunt mice indoors, and this was a task that during this time was very important in most households, so the breed quickly gained popularity as well.

The first World Wars devastating effects on German Society left a big mark in the history of this dog breed, and there are still today very few left in the world. Overall this breed fits nicely as a regular pet, a friend. Even though it can sometimes be very angry and quick-tempered it has a warm heart and is as kind as it looks. It's also a very down-to-earth dog and it lives its days as if each one were the last. It's well aware of its importance, it is easy to train, and it's very loyal. Its fur is thick and long and covers even most of its face. It has bushy eyebrows and often also an impressive beard. The colour is usually pitch black, but can be a multitude of different colours such as grey, red, orange, silver and white. The original breed, however, is only black. This breed has a lifespan of approximately 14 years, which is more than most breeds.

In many ways the AffenPincher is a great choice for people who have not previously owned any dogs. It doesn't require much "maintenance" and it's very intelligent. Once it's been accustomed to you it will follow you wherever you go and bark loudly if anyone else tries to get near. Even though it may sound a lot at times, it's not dangerous at all. It's great with children, likes to walk occasionally and it is still considered as popular today as it was before, despite not serving the same functions now as it did then.
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