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======= There are nearly 100 FAQ's available for this group. For a complete listing of these, get the "Complete List of RPD FAQs". This article is posted bimonthly in rec.pets.dogs, and is available via anonymous ftp to rtfm.mit.edu under pub/usenet/news.answers/dogs-faq/faq-list, via the Web at http://www.zmall.com/pet_talk/dog-faqs/lists/faq-list.html, or via email by sending your message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with send usenet/news.answers/dogs-faq/faq-list in the body of the message. This article is Copyright 1997 by the Author(s) listed below. It may be freely distributed on the Internet in its entirety without alteration provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may NOT reside at another website (use links, please) other than the URL listed above without the permission of the Author(s). This article may not be sold for profit nor incorporated in other documents without he Author(s)'s permission and is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty. ========== Affenpinschers Author Kimberly Andresen, hrthst19@nfi.com Disclaimer 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 Copyright 1996 by Kimberly Andresen; all rights reserved. This FAQ may be reproduced for educational and not-for-profit activities. You may not copy this text in whole or part to another web site. Feel free to link this FAQ to your web site, in order to foster education in an effective manner. _________________________________________________________________ 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". Drawbacks 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 _Affen-What?_ 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. _________________________________________________________________ Resources Rescue 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, fmkaffen@ix.netcom.com. 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., (914)834-9029 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: LISTSERV@apple.ease.lsoft.com 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: http://earth.myriad.net/dogs/breeds/affenpinscher.html. This is some Affen artwort which can be ordered: http://www.primenet.com/~doggied/affen.html This is a listing located at Cyber-Pet: http://www.cyberpet.com/cyberdog/breed/affen/affen.htm This is page is in German, but it's got a nice clip-art of an Affen: http://gudmund.vgs.no/~toregl/hunder/affenpin.htm This video company offers tapes from national Specialties in the years '93 thru '95: http://www.cyberpet.com/dogvideo/#SEC1 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, hrthst19@nfi.com