Affenpinscher (Monkey Dog)
The history of the Affenpinscher is very long. It begins sometimes in the 1600s when the original breed of the current-day toy dog was created. It was relatively larger, but still a domestic animal loved by the ladies. There some theories the very dog is present in some 15th century paintings, but the information on the canvas is not substantial enough.
Although it was preferred by the ladies, the Affenpinscher was initially created in order to keep the levels of pests such as larger insects, mice and rats low. The love for the pet by the nobles and the higher classes of society happened in the 18th-19th centuries. Historically speaking, the USA was one of the last countries to have the breed – it was introduced after the Second World War. However, the Affenpinscher population in the States is larger than the other countries’ combined. One interesting fact is that the current state of these dogs is a result of inter-breeding in Germany during the early years of the 20th century.
As mentioned, the dog’s physical characteristics are no longer the same as they used to be. Being believed to be one of the oldest toy puppies in the world, the Affenpinscher has suffered some changes during the ages. The main change is the smaller size. It is the result of the mass-breeding that occurred during the war when the puppy was cross-bred with other small species such as the Brussels Griffon leading to the change in size. Otherwise, the wiry and coarse fur, which is either black or gray, the small ears and the short muzzle, its small dark eyes – everything is important for the distinction of a true Affenpinscher.”
Another feature that makes this breed stands out if the protruding lower lip. It is very curious that the original German name of the breed was not the same as the one we are familiar with nowadays. It was first named Zwergaffenpinscher. This translates to “little monkey-dog” and is one of the many remarks on the monkey-like appearance, created by the specific position of the lower lip.
As a member of the pinscher-schnauzer canine family and although it visual similarities with the terriers, the Affenpinscher is not anything like a terrier when it comes to it behaviour. These puppies are joyful and very active and love to play and run around. They get along with humans as well as with other pets as long as it brings them fun moments. The Affenpinscher is also very curious and likes to stick its nose everywhere. One negative side is actually a side effect of the loyalty of the pet – they are jealous and overprotective of their owners. Specific for the Affenpinscher are no serious health issues. The only problem that is present in the most of the individuals is the presence of bruises, scratches and other similar purely physical wounds caused by its rather active and playful spirit.
Caring for an Affenpinscher can be a hard job – they are adventurous and fun, but to tend to make a mess. When they are born they are blind and literally unable to care for themselves. Thus, having a pregnant female and caring for her babies would be also quite a heavy role. Thankfully, the litters are not that large with just a couple of puppies in each.