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The Westminster Champion: All About the Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher editedWith a big win for the Toy breed, Banana Joe representing the Affenpinscher, many families will be looking at this breed as a potential family member. Having a breed win Best In Show at Westminster is a double-edged sword.

It is wonderful to have people exposed to a different and unusual breed. The national parent club and responsible breeders do panic a bit though. The Affenpinscher Club of America promotes the health, care and responsible custodianship of their beloved breed. With a spurt of popularity, fears of increased puppy mill activity show up. Expect to be thoroughly questioned by a reputable breeder if an Affenpinscher is in your future, but don’t be put off by this. Most breeders just want to protect their dogs.

Affenpinschers are known as the “monkey dog” for their cute faces. They have a wash and wear coat, which requires minimal care, but a slicker brush and a comb are helpful. Regular coat care will keep your Affen cute in appearance and comfortable. As with many Toy breeds, you need to stay on top of dental care. Plan on regular tooth brushings, providing dental chews and using dental sprays as needed.

While Affenpinschers are small and cute, they can be independent, downright stubborn and clever at avoiding what you want them to do. Patience and persistence are two virtues you will need to train your little monkey dog. You will need to be clever yourself to outsmart these dogs!

Some Affenpinschers love children but others do not. Many breeders hesitate to place toy dogs with a family with small children due to fear of injury to the dog. An Affenpinscher pup running and playing with a group of children could easily get hurt if a child stumbles and falls on him. This breed should always be supervised if around children to keep the dog safe.

In general, Affenpinschers are healthy dogs, but there are some genetic conditions to be aware of. Reputable breeders will have tested their dogs used for breeding and can provide clearances for eyes and patellars (kneecaps) as well as hip clearances.

An Affenpinscher could be the perfect dog for your family if you do your homework and have the right situation for one of these Toy dogs.

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  • Donna L. Drake February 18, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Perfect little dog!! I’d love one of these cuties & honestly I never heard of this breed until this showing. Happy for your big win – you & your little guy did a great job of showing!

  • phyllis February 24, 2013, 3:11 pm

    I just adopted an Affie…not knowing it was a pure bred devil…I LOVE her and yes can handle her stubbornness…She is sweet to kids, cats, bunnies, dogs and humans. Does not love pigs. I remember the Affie winner’s trainer saying “You don’t train an Affenpinscher, you befriend one”…True! She does have a cherry eye which I aim to correct with ointment before a surgery option…Though she arrived with a bum eye but with a great disposition.

  • Veda546 February 26, 2013, 2:39 pm

    I have a beautiful little Affen boy! He is the love of my life and smarter than most dogs I have had! They are very active and need lots of stimulation to be happy! They get bored easily which is one thing you don’t want! If they are bored, they will “find” things to play with and it may end up being something you treasure! My Affen is tan and black and I believe that color is the most striking of all! Actually the “tan” is a blonde and the black is the face, beard, and tip of the tail. Gorgeous to say the least! I do alot of grooming on him! The coat is really thick and cotton-like if not stripped. I thin mine out with thinning shears. He mats very easily! (Just a warning here!) LOTS of grooming! I brush daily! He is a clown, lover, and my “son”. I only wish I had known about Affens years ago! I would never have considered any other breed. We do not have children and are retired, so we have plenty of time to devote to him and our other babies. You need to give them plenty of time and attention! If you don’t have the time, don’t get an Affen.

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