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By Jerry Welsh

A dog breed that originated in Germany during the 17th century was made famous by its monkey-like expression. The dog gained the nickname Monkey Dog. In France, breed enthusiasts lovingly call the dog Diablotin Moustachu which means mustached little devil. This dog was primarily developed to be a rodent catcher. During the early years of the breed’s existence, these dogs are commonly seen in barns, in stables, granaries and in kitchens keeping these places free of rodents.

This breed though apart from showing an extraordinary intelligence is noted to be affectionate and to have a clownish nature. If you want a dog that will amuse you with its funny and crazy antics, the Affenpinscher is definitely the right dog for you.

An Affenpinscher would take advantage of every opportunity to catch people’s attention by showing off. Would it be any wonder if the lowly rat catcher that curls up in barns would become highly valued pets that use the owners lap as a place to rest. An Affenpinscher though has a cunning side. The sly dog has what it takes to wrap the owners around its little fingers. The dog is small in size but big in personality as it can easily compel the family to give in to its wishes. An Affenpinscher certainly makes a wonderful and ideal family companion but owners have to be aware of the dog’s domineering personality.

It would never be wise to spoil this pet as the dog can become a small tyrant. An Affenpinscher that cannot have its way will be in a huff all day. The dog is small but it will attack if teased by strangers. Affection and correct training methods will turn this spunky little devil into a lovable toy-like pet that will be the joy of the family.

The Affenpinschers is listed as one of the toy breeds. This breed would be an ideal choice for an owner living in an apartment. Potential owner though has to realize that not like other toy breeds, an Affenpinscher has considerable exercise requirements. This breed must be allowed to exercise daily. Bear in mind, in spite of the size, the dog is very active. An Affenpinscher, apart from being cuddly is also an affectionate pet thus it is not surprising for an owner to carry and cuddle the dog constantly. A bored and inactive Affenpinscher will become a horrible destructive pet. Well trained and well cared for, the Affenpinscher will be an ideal home companion

Want to find out more about Affenpinschers – The Monkey Dog. Learn about the appearance, personality, care, history and origin of this breed at Sarah’s Dogs.

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