The Affenpinscher, also referred to as the Monkey Dog, is a small breed dog from Germany that makes a great house pet that was actually initially a farm dog. It typically grows to about 10 inches tall and weighs between 7 and 8 pounds. This breed comes in a variety of coat colors including black, gray, red, black and tan, silver and beige. The ears are often cropped and the tail is normally docked. If cared for properly they can live up to 15 years.
This breed is very intelligent, affectionate and loyal. However, it is not the best pet to have if you have very small children. This dog has been bred to be a vermin hunter. It gets along with other pets and it a relatively quite toy dog to have. Make sure to do a lot of leash training before moving to any sort of off leash training.
To care for the Affenpinscher you will need to use a dog brush that is designed for wiry hair to brush its coat at least three times a week. You will also need to make sure that you clean its ears, teeth and trim its nails once a week. This breed makes a great pet for small homes or apartments because it requires little exercise. However, they are an active breed that will need a safe place to play.
The Affenpinscher will often get along fine with other pets, especially if they are raised together. In training they need firmness but also a lot of variety so as to not get bored. Make sure to always challenge them mentally.