About the Breed:
Relatively frequent grooming is necessary for this breed's coarse, rough coat. This primarily consist of regular brushing, but the breed might benefit from occasional trips to a professional groomer. In general, the Affenpinscher's coat is shaggy but not unkempt in appearance.
The Affenpinscher is a curious and intelligent dog that can have a stubborn and feisty streak. Firm and consistent obedience training and proper socialization are absolutely essential. This will help you and your dog to be happier as well as fine-tune the breed's natural talents as a loyal watchdog and hunter.
Though not considered hyperactive, Affenpinschers have a fair amount of energy and should receive routine exercise. Plan a daily walk at the very least for the health of your dog. This will help your dog to burn energy and better focus. However, the breed can possible overheat due to its short, stubby nose and potential airway problems, so use caution.
Overall, the Affenpinscher has an independent spirit blended with a soft side. This breed will closely bond with it's owner and act as both protector and companion. In general, some Affenpinschers may not be ideal matches for children or other pets, but training and socialization can sometimes change this. Either way, they make lovely pets for many people - especially those who like little dogs with big personalities.
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