Regular brushing and occasional trips to the groomer keep the dense, harsh coat looking its best
Affenpinschers have a fun-loving, sometimes mischievous, personality. Their intelligence, appearance and attitude make them a good house pet, but children should always be taught how to properly handle the dog. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment. They are very active indoors and most of their exercise needs can be met with indoor play, but they enjoy daily walks. Their wiry coat should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed twice a year.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. Affenpinschers are a small breed and may have a lifespan well into their teens.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Brushing this breed can be accomplished with a soft bristle ‘slicker’ brush and a metal-toothed ‘greyhound’ comb. If you should find mats on your dog, pull them apart with your fingers versus the comb. Affenpinschers are low-shedding dogs with little smell. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Affenpinschers are somewhat active. They need brisk walks, to make new friends, and plenty of play which will satisfy exercise needs. They are very active indoors and most of their exercise needs can be met with indoor play, but they enjoy daily walks. Like many toy breeds, Affenpinschers can be challenging to housebreak. Both diligence and patience are required. It is highly recommended that Affenpinscher puppies be crate trained. Your commitment and hard work will determine your success. Affenpinschers can be dominant little dogs, so puppy kindergarten training also is recommended. Affenpinschers respond best to positive training methods; the current clicker training or training with food works well. Affenpinschers are quick to learn and are successful in obedience and agility, as well as in the conformation show ring. Numerous books are available on crate training, puppy training and formal training.
You probably have selected a veterinarian to care for your Affenpinscher. Follow the vet’s instructions on regular inoculations, nutrition and any special problems you may encounter. Responsible breeders who health test their dogs can reduce the likelihood of inherited diseases.
Affenpinschers can be subject to hip dysplasia or slipping of the knees in the hind legs (luxating patellae), both hereditary conditions. In some instances eye problems and heart defects have occurred in the breed. See your veterinarian at the first symptom of any irregularity in gait, vision or stamina.