Affenpinschers are a small, fairly uncommon breed of dog that is believed to have been developed to eradicate vermin on farms in Germany in the 1600s. They are characterized by large eyes and round, somewhat flat faces with long, wiry fur that is arranged to resemble eyebrows and a beard. They are sometimes referred to as Monkey Dogs as well, partially due to their appearance and partially due to the entertaining antics that they are known for. While they are small dogs they are also energetic and intelligent and giving them entertaining activities to occupy their time will help to keep them healthy and balanced.
While these dogs may be known as Monkey Dogs due to their comical and playful demeanor, they were not bred to be companion animals, but rather as an efficient and effective means of pest control. The Affenpinscher breed was designed to hunt down and eliminate rodents, and other vermin and part of this job entailed locating the tiny invaders, in barns, near silos, and in homes. Searching for prey is a natural instinct for most Affenpinschers and creating a fun treasure hunt for your canine companion will use their own natural instincts in order to work their minds as well as their bodies
Affenpinschers have been given the nickname of Monkey Dog both because they look a little like a monkey due to their round, slightly flattened faces, large eyes, and distinctive facial furnishings as well as for their entertaining and comical behavior. The combination can make for a very photogenic canine with a tendency to thrive in the spotlight. One way to take advantage of this little dog’s desire to be the center of attention is to let them get their desire by staging a photo shoot centered around your pup. While there are many fantastic professional pet photographers available, you can also choose to do a more casual shoot on your own and still have a great time.
Affenpinschers are very clever little canines and although they can be a touch difficult when it comes to housetraining and willfulness is not uncommon, they are usually quite talented at learning new commands quickly and retaining the information. Affenpinschers, like many other small, protective dogs, are somewhat prone to becoming anxious and bossy if not given enough direction and some form of obedience training is essential not only for your peace of mind, but for theirs as well. Competitive obedience training will not only improve your bond with your dog, but will also help your dog to put their intelligence and energy to good use.
Affenpinscher breed dogs tend to be especially energetic and sprightly making them excellent candidates for agility training and competition.
Affenpinschers are not classified as terriers, but they were originally developed with the intent to hunt and kill rodents and vermin, some of which went to ground. Earthdog trials are courses that are set up specifically to test a canine’s ability to track and pursue smaller animals that go to ground.
One of the services that these canines originally provided was that of pest control, a job that required a great deal of energy and problem-solving ability, as a result, Affenpinscher's are very energetic little dogs with very active minds. They also frequently utilize their paws to manipulate objects, giving them an advantage when attempting to solve more complicated canine puzzles.
An Affenpinscher breed dog doesn’t generally take up a lot of room, but they do require a great deal of affection and activity each day in order to remain balanced and healthy. While these dogs are typically outgoing and comical, they are also capable of being clever or fierce when the situation calls for it.