|The Affenpinscher is a
happy combination of charm and pluck. A small dog with
stamina, agility, and great courage, yet upon occasion
displays sensitivity and gentleness. Unusually
intelligent an quick to learn, the Affen possesses a
thinking process one can only observe with disbelief.
It is fair to warn a
prospective Affen owner that this breed often possesses
a "big dog in a small body" mentality. This boldness
makes it necessary to be cautious that your little
"Rottweiler wannabe" does not inadvertently provoke an
attack by a large dog. It is this same bold attitude,
however, that also make them such a joy to own.
The Affen is a model dog
with which to travel. They adjust readily to changing
circumstances. They are clean and require a minimum
amount of grooming. These little dogs are alert and
ready at all times to protect their owner, his home and
The Affen takes himself
very seriously, which, together with his high rate of
intelligence and desire to please, accounts for his
being such a tractable and obedient little fellow.
The Affen has a great
many endearing little traits that you seldom find in
other breeds. He will toss his toys in the air for long
periods of time, walk on his back legs, looking like an
organ grinder's monkey, tucking his tail beneath him and
sitting on his spine with back legs extended. Covering
all of the Affen's charming characteristics would take
too long, but talk to Affen owners and you soon will
discover why they say "Bet you can't own just one!"