AFFENPINSCHER Dog

A monkey expression and the whiskers introduce the Mustached Little Devil, the Affenpinscher.

The adult Affenpinscher is distinguished for its lively expression similar to a monkey, its great mustache, furry eyebrows and hair strands. It should be balanced and compact; ideally it should be between 25 and 30 cm at the withers, in essence it is a square dog (the females are slightly longer than the males). The head should not be too big in relation to the body; the dark, full and round eyes should also be proportionate to the head and not bulge. The bite must be overshot, without showing lower teeth or the tongue with the mouth closed. The Affenpinscher comes in a variety of colors, usually black, grey, silver, black and tan and red. For the FCI, solid black color, admitting dark brown or grey patches. The longer hair is usually lighter than the coat, and also black masks are found. The coat should be dense and hard, approximately 2.5 cm long.
 
WHO IS a Affenpinscher dog FOR

The Affenpinschers are fun little dogs. Similar to monkeys in more than one way, the Affenpinscher prefers to play with older children, but with appropriate supervision it can get along with smaller children. They are too delicate for rough handing. Check that its tricks don’t include too much jumping, since its little legs are delicate. The Affenpinschers are small happy and brave dogs that are never scared of defending themselves or their own. They are probably well considered barkers; they are good guardians and enjoy domestic life. If they are taught to be silent when necessary since they are small, the adult can be quieter. 
 
Affenpinscher dog DEVELOPMENT         
   
A robust toy dog, the Affenpinscher is balanced and compact, usually black. Observe the mother’s coat texture (very hard and rigid) when choosing a puppy from a litter.
 
Affenpinscher puppies weigh between 85 and 140 grams when born, reaching 3.5 to 4 kg when adult. According to the AKC the tail is docked on the fifth day from birth, creating a tail of approximately one centimeter. The ear cropping, optional, is usually done at 16 weeks. Currently these practices are banned in many countries. When selecting an Affenpinscher, avoid fragile and too small puppies. The breeders place the adolescence beginning at 12 weeks, ending at 12 months. Adolescents eat well, and can eat too much if they are not controlled. Permanent teeth begin to grow around the fifth or sixth month. If the coat is not fixed, the change to adult hair begins around 18 months. The adolescent coat can have gray shading. Testicles should have descended by the fourth month, although sometimes one is retained longer. The females have their first heat between 8 to 14 months. 
 
HEALTH of a Affenpinscher Dog

After a few weeks, Affenpinschers are ungraceful but irresistible.
Perhaps the biggest problem is broken bones, due to the reduced size and happy nature of the Affenpinscher.  Kneecap dislocation is a known problem, and breeders should discard this problem through X – rays. Soft eye care can help prevent corneal ulcers, which can be troublesome. Breeders are concerned of Legg-Perthes disease incidence (femur head degeneration in bacteria or other agent absence, cause of the disease). As in other toy breeds, there is an incidence of hydrocephalic puppies and heart problems in small puppies. Open fontanels are also an issue (soft areas in the center of the head). It is a very active breed, which due to its small size requires supervised exercise. Grooming requires some “stripping”, which should be started since it is young. It is usually recommended that a professional groomer or breeder demonstrates the procedure several times, until you are able to perform it yourself. Except for some delicate specimens, the breed has no special requirements, and can live up to 10 to 11 years.