Affenpinscher or Monkey Pinscher Breed Origins and Caracteristics

This ancient breed of small dogs was born in Germany. The Affenpinscher was represented for the first time in 1434 by the Flemish painter Van Eyck and Durero who painted it too. The Affenpinscher reminds us of the Belgian pinscher. But this has a convex forehead and the jaws are very smaller. The breed was about to disappear at the turn of the century since it is confused with the miniature schnauzer. The dogs of the same origin receive different names according to the type of jaw: all the ones which lower jaw is prominent are called Affenpinscher, while the ones that have the jaws scissor-like are the miniature schnauzer. Gradually the German breeders rescued the breed and have raised another pure breed. The color poses some problems, and it has taken thirty years to eliminate the undesirable characteristics and obtain a more uniform color. Many dogs are black with a tan patch, but others can have a straw-color, they can be reddish, gray or with patches. Until 1917, 40% of the black specimens were not recorded but in 1931 90% have already been registered and in 1940 97% was registered. Until 1946, the desired 100% was not registered.

It is said that the Affenpinscher is a mix of intrepidity, toughness, good behavior and funny seriousness. This dog can behave suddenly with fury or rage and face any enemy. But it will always keep a great union with its master.

Size: 25-28 cm. Weight: 4 kg maximum. Colors: black (1). The head hair is typical. The eyebrows and the crown around the eyes are rough and may stand on ends. Over the chin, the cheeks and on top of the head, the hair is rough and long (2). These features make it look like a monkey that is why it is called monkey pinscher or monkey dog. The tail is cut at the height of the third vertebra. The ears, which are kept straight, are cut (3). The ears that have not been cut at the tip have a V shape (4). Beyond these details, which is really important is the general aspect; the different features are less important.

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