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Affenpinscher

 

     Description

The Affenpinscher (translated from German as Monkey-Terrier) is a peppy dog that has the     face and impish nature of a monkey. This wire-haired terrier-like breed acts like a bigger dog as he proudly struts around. The coat of an Affenpinscher is usually black, but they also come in gray, silver, red, beige black and tan

      Origin

One of the most ancient of toy dogs, the Affenpinscher originated in Central Europe, where they earned the nickname "little devil with a moustache." During the 17th century, small terriers were frequently kept around stables, on farms, in stores, or in homes where they were used as rodent control.

      Compatibility

Affenpinschers have a fun-loving, sometimes mischievous, personality. Their intelligence, appearance and attitude make them a good house pet, but children should always be taught how to properly handle the dog. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment. They are very active indoors and most of their exercise needs can be met with indoor play, but they enjoy daily walks. Their wiry coat should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed twice a year.

      Health

The Affenpinscher, which has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years, has a tendency to suffer from minor diseases like Patella Luxation (kneecap dislocation) and corneal ulcers (inflammation or worse, an infective condition of the cornea). Respiratory difficulties, Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA- congenital disorder in the heart)), and open fontanel (soft spot atop the skull) are sometimes seen in this breed as well. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may run knee and cardiac tests on the dog.

 

Sources:

American Kennel Club: Dog Breeds – Breeds Matter: https://www.akc.org/breeds/index.cfm

Wikipedia.org : Corneal ulcer-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corneal_ulcer

Wikipedia.org :  Patella luxation-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxating_patella

Wikipedia.org : Patent ductus arteriosus- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ductus_arteriosus 

Pawnation.com: Breeds- http://www.pawnation.com/dogs/breeds/affenpinscher