Overview of Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher, aka 'monkey terrier’, is a famously amusing toy breed from Germany that got its name because of its scruffy 'Ewok' or 'monkey-like’ appearance. In France, the breed is nicknamed the "Diablotin Moustachu" (mustached little devil), so it is no surprise that iconic French paintings like Renoir's 'Luncheon of the Boating Party' feature this quirky little dog. Generally weighing between 7-10 lbs, their coat comes in black and tan, silver-gray, red, or a combination of these colors, but the most popular is solid black. Originally bred to chase out rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables, these days, the Affenpinscher is turning heads with their looks and personality instead!
Personality of Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher is spunkier than most other toy breeds. Courageous, bold, and often high-strung, this little dog is a bit of a busybody and can be suspicious of strangers and try to appear intimidating by getting rowdy and out of control. This behavior might seem comical, but socialization is key to teaching them good manners! Their small stature makes them ideal apartment dogs, but due to their high intelligence, they need at least 2 brisk walks a day. Affenpinschers would do well with other pets, especially if raised with them, but like most terriers, this little pup is sensitive and does not take kindly to being teased, so they are happiest in a home without children.
Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Affenpinscher
Eye Issues: Monkey terriers can inherit or develop a number of different eye conditions, some of which may cause blindness and can be very uncomfortable if left untreated.
Recommendations for Eye Issues in Affenpinscher Dogs:
- Ey Eas for Dogs - Helps to soothe uncomfortable eye infections and can restore eye health.
Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS): Is not a disease per se - a brachycephalic dog is any doggo with a shorter upper jaw and nasal cavity like Affenpinschers. Their short noses can cause problems in their breathing, especially in hot weather.
Recommendations for BOAS in Affenpinscher Dogs:
- Resp-Aid for dogs - Helps relieve shortness of breath and supports healthy breathing.
Hip Dysplasia: An inherited disease in Affenpinschers that causes the hip joints to form improperly and can lead to arthritis.
- Hip Dysplasia Kit - Helps reduce inflammation, joint discomfort and can improve overall well-being