Affen Border Terrier

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7-15 lbs
10-16"
Europe
Affen Terrier

Affen Border Terriers are a small breed dog that are a mix of the Affenpinscher and Border Terrier. These strong willed dogs are one of the more sturdier breeds of the Terrier and are often characteristized as playful, intelligent and loyal companions. They often present to be 10 to 14 inches, with short-medium length coarse, wiry fur and a “monkey-like” face. They often are of moderate maintenance and require training and mental stimulation in order to prevent behavioral issues from arising.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Affenpinscher, Border Terrier

Affen Border Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 13-20 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Affen Border Terrier Breed History

The Affenpinscher is a small breed of Terrier dogs often referred to as “Monkey-faced” due to their short muzzle and large eyes.  These dogs originated in Germany during the 16th to 17th century as ratting dogs where they spent most of their time living in farm homes and sheds, hunting down rats. The Affenpinscher has been said to have been created through breeds imported from Asia (unknown) and other Terrier breeds. Border Terriers are another group of small Terriers that originated at the border between England and Scotland, in an area known as ‘Border Country’. These sturdy Terriers were used by farmers to ward off and control the fox population. During the 19th century, the Border Terrier began taking part  in the fox hunting sport where their main purpose was directed to chasing foxes down holes. It is believed that due to its heritage, the Border Terrier tends to be one of the more popular breeds in the United Kingdom. However, both Affenpinschers and Border Terriers are recognized by the  American Kennel Club where as the Affen Border Terrier is currently only recognized by the Dog Registry of America.

Affen Border Terrier Breed Appearance

Affen Border Terriers come in shades of black, brown, tan with markings, and occasionally, mixtures of colors. Coats tend to be medium length and are often coarse and wiry. These dogs tend to have a short muzzle and the body is comprised of medium-sized bones. Eyes tend to be wide and alert, and ears may either be upright, partially flopped down at the tips, or completely flopped down. Legs tend to be short and muscular and paws are compact. Tail’s are sickle in shaped and are often quite thick at the base. Overall, the Affen Border Terrier is a small well-built, sturdy dog and is often not as delicate as compared to other small dog breeds. 

Affen Border Terrier Breed Maintenance

Affen Border Terriers have short-medium length coats and require a moderate level of grooming. This includes brushing out tangles and mats with bristle brushes, trimming fur around the ears, eyes and foot pads. Ear cleaning, teeth cleaning, and nail trimming should be done on a regular basis as well. Bathing is dependent on the owner's preference, however as a general rule of thumb, dogs can be washed once a month. Use grooming time as an opportunity to bond with your Affen Border Terrier; keeping him looking good and feeling healthy will also give him practise at sitting still when necessary.

Affen Border Terrier Temperament

The Affen Border Terrier is a strong willed dog who can be quite stubborn and difficult to manage if not trained well. However, they tend to be very energetic, playful dogs that require mental stimulation and moderate activity. When around younger children and larger pets, they need to be monitored as they may nip if hurt by children or other animals. When around strangers, they may bark and will be cautious. Affen Terriers are loyal companions who often bond well with owners and have a tendency to please. Thus, training your Affen Terrier will not be difficult if started young.

Affen Border Terrier Activity Requirements

Affen Border Terriers are energetic dogs that may get bored easily if not placed in a stimulating environment. Ideally these dogs do require 45 minutes of daily activity which can be provided as walks, runs or play times with other dogs. Due to their small size, Affen Border Terriers are able to thrive in warm apartments and small homes. A back yard is a suitable environment for the Affen Border Terrier to release some of his energy, although supervision is a must. His natural instinct may find him planning an escape if he gets the desire to chase or hunt.

Affen Border Terrier Owner Experiences