The Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher

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The Affenpinscher was originally bred to keep stables and shops free of rodents. They are believed to date back to the 15th centurey, but don't show up in historical records until the 19th century.  They were bred to be smaller than they originally were, making them a popular comapnion for ladies due to affectionate nature and ability to keep rodents out of the house. Their numbers decreased during WW I, but they became a popular companion again during WW II. 

Affenpinschers have two nicknames that are very telling about their personalities. The first comes from France and means mustachioed little devil. The second is monkey dogs, in part because of their apish looks. The affenpinscher is a comedic performer at heart. They love attention and affection, and owners often find themselves laughing at their Affen's antics. 

Affen's make great watch dogs as they will always protect their family. They're extremely loyal and think they're bigger than they really are. This can cause them to take on dogs twice their size and not back down in the face of danger. They have great dexterity in their front                                                                             paws and are often seen gripping toys.

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