The Affenpinscher

The name of this uncommon dog breed means “ape-like” in German. It is one of the oldest dog breeds that appeared in Central Europe. It was mainly kept in stalls and stables in order to hunt rats. Further dilution followed the path of reducing the size of the dog and they were kept at homes for catching mice.

There is no clear opinion about the ancestors of this breed. Some think it was derived from the Brussels griffon, and some consider its origin to be the Miniature Schnauzer. This breed was introduced at an exhibition in Berlin in 1896. Before it was particularly popular in the east and south of Germany and Austria.

Powerfully built Affenpinscher is relatively small in size, and actually looks like a monkey with prominent chin, a mustache and a beard, bushy eyebrows and attentive eyes. The height of the dog is around 23 – 29 cm. While 26 cm is considered ideal. The weight is around 3-5 kg.

This energetic and playful dog is usually very curious. But encountered with a threat or attack behaves fearlessly. They quickly learn and prefer to be in the spotlight. Gets along well with dogs of other breeds, but is afraid of cats.

Affenpinscher can be kept both in a city apartment and a country house. It is necessary to make sure that courtyard is surrounded with a tall fence, as these dogs are good climbers and are able to jump over half a meter fence. This is a very active dog and it needs constant attention. Always keep it on a leash outside as it will strive to attack anyone, regardless of their size.

It can easily take a walk of ten miles and it needs constant exercise. Its main problem is the disease of the musculoskeletal system – limb injuries or joint sprains. Life expectancy is 11 years old, as they grow up rather late – up to two years. To prolong the life of your pet, you need to keep an eye on its weight, and black dogs should be protected from direct sunlight.

Here’s a cool site I’ve discover that helps you choose your dog’s food: Dog Food Selector

Redefining Cute

When someone tells me that dogs are cute, I always imagine puppies. I have always associated puppies with cuteness. Their smallness and baby-like attitude never fail to make an “aww!” escape from my lips.

Of course, there are also adult dogs that I find cute. My general rule of thumb though, is that they should be small just like puppies. Lucky for me, such kinds of dogs exist and they are called miniature dogs.

I’ve always been interested in miniature dog breeds. This is because if my dog grows up, it will of course get bigger in size. However, miniature dog breeds stay puppy-like (size-wise) through the years.

There are lots of miniature pooches. However, miniature dachshund puppies are the cutest. At most, they grow up to be 7 inches tall!

What makes them cute is that despite their short stature, they still have that long back. It might just be me, but the length of their backs seems to be more prominent since their small stature makes their necks and leg shorter.

Colloquially, dachshunds are nicknamed as hotdogs or wieners. As a miniature breed, I can literally put them in a piece of bun and they will be a perfect fit! It’s a whole new way of taking the term “hotdog” literally.

The only difficulty I might face when getting a miniature pet is that I have to pay close attention to it. Due to its size, it will be prone to enter small spaces in the house and get stuck. There is also the possibility of not seeing them at once and accidentally hurting them.

Even though miniature dog breeds are cute, I think they require a lot more responsibility just because of their size. They might also have special needs that might be a hassle for some. Regardless, I still think that it’s worth it to get a miniature breed – just for the reason that they are cute!