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   Kimberly Andresen,
   I am _not_ an expert in this breed, nor do I claim to be. I have not
   yet bred a litter; I, along with my husband, am showing my first two
   dogs in this breed. This FAQ is being written based on my limited
   experience, along with information I have learned along the way. If
   you have any suggestions or corrections, please e-mail me.
   Copyright 1996 by Kimberly Andresen; all rights reserved. This FAQ may
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Table of Contents

     * History of the Affenpinscher
     * Characteristics & Temperament
     * Frequently Asked Aquestions
     * Resources
          + Rescue
History of the Affenpinscher

   Dogs which we might categorize as Affenpinschers today, have appeared
   in German artwork dating back to the 16th century: depicting them as
   ratters and companions. However, as is true of many breeds, there are
   no reliable written records of the breed until the late 19th century.
   At this time, it seems there were two sizes of wire-haired pet
   terriers. A larger, longer muzzled type and a smaller, round-headed,
   shorter muzzled and prominent jaw type. It is fairly certain that the
   larger type later became the Miniature Schnauzer, and the smaller
   became the Affenpinscher.
   In 1902, an attempt was made to write the very first "Affenpinscher
   Breed Standard", by the Berlin Lapdog Club. As a result of the
   standard's vague nature, the Affenpinscher was merely described as
   anything that did not resemble a Miniature Schnauzer. However, by
   1913, the obvious breed differentiation was established, and it was
   generally accepted that the Affenpinscher's jaw should be under-shot.
   The heaviest concentration of Affenpinscher breeding in Germany took
   place in Bavaria, Munich, and Saxony. There was an observed spike in
   Affenpinscher registrations just before World War I, but numbers
   decreased during the War. Affenpinschers enjoyed prosperity in Germany
   from the mid-1920's to the second World War.
   The Affenpinscher was admitted to the American Kennel Club's Stud Book
   in 1936, and a Standard based on the then current German standard was
   adopted. The first Affenpinschers entered in the Stud Book, three
   bitches and one dog, were all German imports owned by Mrs. Bessie
   Mally of Cicero, Illinois. However, it appears that none of the
   pre-World War II Affens contributed to the breed as it exists in the
   US today.
   Today's Affenpinscher can trace its origins back to dogs imported from
   Germany by Mrs. Evelyn Brody, around 1950. One of Mrs. Brody's
   imports, Bub V. Anwander, was the first American Champion of the
   breed. The current AKC standard is maintained by the Affenpinscher
   Club of America.
Characteristics & Temperament

   The Affenpinscher, or "Monkey Terrier", got his name from his unusual
   facial appearance. With large, dark eyes, protruding jaw and lower
   lip, and whiskers sticking out from the face; all enhance the
   "monkey-like" expression.
   However, the Affenpinscher does more than just resemble a monkey. This
   unique breed exhibits calculated dexterity with his forepaws; often
   grappling and tossing toys (or prey).
   The Affenpinscher is a breed of the Toy Group. They range in size from
   9 to 12 inches at the withers, and should weigh approximately 8 to 10
   pounds. The body length should approximately equal the height, giving
   the dog a "box-like" body type. The coat is a wirey, terrier-type
   which requires "stripping".
   The temperament of the Affenpinscher is often described as "comically
   serious". It is said they are "little ruffians with a swagger", also.
   They exhibit a great loyalty to their family and friends, and are
   fearless towards any threat.
   They are typically a quiet breed, but are known for their "terrier
   spark and fire".
   As with any breed, Affenpinschers are all individuals. They all have
   their own personalities and quirks. The traits to be listed below are
   based on _my_ experiences, and should not necessarily be attributed to
   the entire breed. However, they do bear mentioning.
     * Affenpinschers, by virtue of their stubborn terrier attitude, can
       be difficult to housebreak.
     * While it seems they are in the "hypo-allergenic" category, they do
       indeed shed...sometimes profusely.
     * _Some_ Affens do not do well with children.
     * _Some_ Affens will not be compatible with other pets; particularly
       rodents. (Hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rats, mice, etc...) Affens
       were bred as ratters, and their heritage still burns strong in
       their bellies.
     * Affens have a tendency to leap or "fly" from high places.
Frequently Asked Aquestions

     Affenpinscher (af-en-pin-cher)
   _Do they come in colors other than black?_
     Yes. Affens can be black, silver, greay, black and tan, or red.
   _Do they require alot of grooming?_
     Ideally, no. The coat is a wirey, terrier-type that does not
     require frequent brushing or bathing. However, they do need to be
     "stripped" to maintain a healthy coat. This is an easy skill to
     master. It involves pulling the dead, dull hair out...leaving shiny
     new hair behind. The more dilligent you are about keeping your
     Affen stripped, the less shedding you'll have to deal with.
   _How are they with children?_
     Depends. I have an Affen who loves children, and another who is
     less than fond of them. I think it depends on what they were raised
     with, and possibly if they've had a bad experience. (i.e. being
     dropped by a child)
   _C'mon, they're a Toy dog. How sturdy could they be?_
     Very. Affens are a medium boned breed, and very sturdy. Not to say
     you should encourage heavy rough-housing, but a few tumbles never
     stopped a determined Affen.

   The Affenpinscher Club of America's breed rescue contact is Bernadine
   Hills (608)455-1611, Wisconsin.
   _Affenpinscher Friends Foundation_, Breed Rescue Coordinator: Nancy E.
   Holmes, All rescues neutered before placement;
   adoption fee to aid with rescue costs.
  Publications & Media
   Gibbs, D.V. and Jackson, Tobin, 1969, How to Raise and Train an
   Affenpinscher, TFH Publishing, Inc.,245 Cornelison Ave.,Jersey City,
   N.J., 07303
   American Kennel Club, 1985, The Complete Dog Book, 17th Ed.,Howell
   Book House, Inc., 230 Park Ave., N.Y.,N.Y.,22030
   Darling, Tara and Kathy, 1995, In Praise of Dogs, Dogs, Inc.,
   Breed Pamphlet, offered by the Affenpinscher Club of America.
   AKC Affenpinscher Breed Video
  Online Resources
   Affenpinscher E-Mail list:
   To subscribe, send a message to:
   In the subject line, type: no subject
   In the body, type: SUBSCRIBE AFFEN-L First name Last name
   Make sure there is no other text in the body.
   WWW Select-A-Dog offers pictures and breed descriptions. This is the
   Affenpinscher page for this web-site:
   This is some Affen artwort which can be ordered:
   This is a listing located at Cyber-Pet:
   This is page is in German, but it's got a nice clip-art of an Affen:
   This video company offers tapes from national Specialties in the years
   '93 thru '95:
  Affenpinscher Club of America
   Membership is open, but certain requirements must be met. Two club
   members, in good standing, must sponsor you and write letters of
   recommendation on your behalf. You also need to submit a letter,
   detailing your activities in dogs. For more information, and to
   receive an application, contact:
   Affenpinscher Club of America
          c/o Sharon Strempski, Secretary
          2 Tucktaway Lane, Danbury, CT 06810
  Affenpinscher Club of Canada
   Membership is open to anyone owning or interested in affenpinschers,
   their promotion, showing, breeding, love, etc. Right now the fees are
   $15 single $25.00 family membership. If you would like a membership
   application, please contact:
   Affenpinscher Canada
          C/O Sherry Galagan, Secretary
          592 Greene Ave., Winnipeg, Mb, R2K 0M3
  Affenpinscher Friends Foundation, Inc
   This is a national Affenpinscher group dedicated to doing breed
   rescue, genetic research, etc. The official address is:
   Affenpinscher Friends Foundation, Inc
          AFF, Inc, P.O. Box 2123, Southeastern, PA 19399-2123
    Affenpinscher FAQ
    Kimberly Andresen,

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