The Affenpinscher’s German name means Monkey-Terrier and refers to the breed’s comical, bewhiskered face and slightly undershot jaw. Another name for this dog is Monkey Pinscher. The original purpose of the Affenpinscher was a vermin hunter, alarm dog and companion. The Affenpinscher is naturally alert and vigilant, which helps him to be an excellent alarm dog. He is lively, cheerful and entertaining. He bonds quickly with his family and is affectionate. He may challenge strangers who come to your door, but will make friends easily if properly introduced as a friend.

The coat of an Affenpinscher is dense, harsh and rough-textured. His category is short-haired breed. His hair is about one inch in length on the shoulder and body, may be shorter on the rear and tail. Very little or no clipping is vital to maintaining the coat and overall appearance of a well-groomed Affenpinscher. Blending shears & stripping knives may be used. The fur can be brushed or combed weekly, but should never be clipped. Pay special attention to the eyes as hair can grow in the corners and cause irritation.


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