Affenpinscher dog

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The Affenpinscher is thought to be one of the oldest toyDog breeds, appearing in Germany during the 17th century. Although the Affenpinscher then was bigger than the Dog we know today, it is thought that the ancestors of these Dogs were around much earlier, being depicted in paintings as early as the 15th century. The Affenpinscher was first bred and kept as a form of pest control in kitchens and stables, as these active Terriers proved effective at keeping rat numbers down. By the late 1800s, the breed was fully established in southern Germany and was a favoured Dog of the rich and famous. The Affenpinscher was imported in the USA after the second world war, where today, more Affenpinschers exist than anywhere else in the world combined.

Name:

Affenpinscher

Origin:

Germany

Group:

Dog

Average Size (H):

25cm (10in)

Average Weight:

3.6kg (8lbs)

Average Life Span:

12 years

Average Litter Size:

3

Type:

Terrier

Colour:

Black, Grey

Temperament:

Alert and inquisitive

Training:

Medium

Distinctive Features:

Dark wiry-haired body and dark eyes

 



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