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Mon, 19/07/2010 - 2:41am

CHARACTER: The Affenpinscher is an intelligent, fiercely loyal little creature, he gets on well with children and other dogs, but may get upset by strangers. barks often.
CARE: His coat should never be clipped as it can be ruined, may occasionally need plucking from a professional groomer.
ACTIVITY: The breed requires 2 or 3 short walks a day and lots of playtime.

This dog falls in the non-sporting / toy group of dogs. Most Affenpinscher’s are strong headed. The dog responds to training classes and some have placid temperaments. This breed of dog has been around for thousands of years, since 1600. Historically this breed was created to catch rats and founded in Germany. Along with the miniature schnauzer the Affenpinscher was tasked with removing mice and rabbits from farms and stables. This dog needs to be regularly groomed at least twice a week.

The advantage of having this breed of dog is that it is hypoallergenic which means that it is good for those people that suffer from dog allergies. The reason being is that each hair shaft has a series of cycles which means that when one head dies it is replaced with another hair and the length of time for this action to occur is lengthy. In addition, every hair shaft on the dog is grown from a hair follicle which is quite common in most dog breeds.

It is advised if you do suffer from allergies and you are considering this breed to insure that you visit a breeder prior to purchasing the dog to make sure that you are not allergic to the dog saliva. This dog is also associated with companionship.

As part of the smaller breeds weighing around eight to nine pounds, it is important that the dog is exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Each Affenpinscher will have its own character traits and are curious and inquisitive dogs.

Note: This breed along with other toy breeds are in suitable for very young children who may be rough with them. This breed can also get jealous quite easily.

In summary, the affenpinscher makes a great companion and is loving in nature.

* Good for allergy sufferers
* Likes Training
* Toy breed
* Walks at least twice a day
* Not good for small children
* Likes playing
* Likes fuss and attention