Description & History

The Pinscher/Schnauzer group which includes the Pinscher, the miniature Pinscher and all three Schnauzer breeds, also has the Affenpinscher as a member. It is a German breed whose history dates back to the fifteenth century.

Created from working terriers, they made their first appearance as a distinct breed in 1856.

The Affenpinscher is also called "Monkey Dog" and "Monkey Terrier" because of its expression which resembles that of a monkey. In German, Affe means 'monkey'.

Sturdy and alert, the Affenpinscher is no weakling. His strong character and sporting instincts made him particularly useful in destroying rats and mice.

It is a breed which adapts easily to town or country living. If they live in rural surroundings they are not averse to being taken for long walks. On the other hand, if they live in a flat or town house they are quite content with a minimum of exercise.

They are loyal and affectionate companions, but they do demand a lot of personal attention; in fact, they are quick to show disapproval if ignored by their owners!

The Affenpinscher is considered to be naturally obedient and therefore requires very little training.

Rosamund Walters.

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