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By Drew Sire

So you have decided you want to get a new dog but you do not want a big, mean, aggressive guard dog. You do not want a canine that requires unlimited time in the exercise yard. You don’t even want a new buddy that looks like a dog. “Cuteness” is the number one criteria you are using. Well do I have a dog for you…the Affenpinscher…better known to most people as “The Monkey Dog.” These little bundles of fur are too cute for their own good.

Love at first sight

Most people fall in love at first sight with this adorable little monkey dog. Thought to be one of the earliest “toy” breeds, the Affenpinscher was originally bred as a rat dog in Germany, though its true origins have gone the way of the dodo bird.

The term “monkey dog” comes from its monkey-like appearance. Also, the Affenpinscher can entertain itself for hours at a time like a monkey. It is not unusual to see the little wire-haired scoundrel throwing a ball up in the air and catching it for hours at a time. This is the perfect breed of dog for the busy, working stiff who simply wants someone to talk to when he gets home from a 25-hour workday.

Training Your Little Monkey

Even though the Affenpinscher is easily entertained, training the little devils can sometimes be a little challenging. Housetraining the Affenpinscher, like most toy breeds, can be the most frustrating of tasks. Because they are so independent, they do not require your constant attention, which of course will lead to more than their fair share of “little accidents.” Crate training and a huge helping or owner patience are required. As long as you can keep your frustration in check and keep a diligent eye on the little guy, your new carpet will soon be accident-free.

Affenpinschers also respond best to “positive training,” meaning a reward for good behavior rather than screaming for bad behavior works best. Puppy kindergarten in the first few months is also recommended to stave off that little independent streak. A well-trained Affenpinscher is the best little buddy you will ever have.

Health Concerns for the Affenpinscher

Hereditary conditions of any kind should be of great concern to new Affenpinscher owners. Due to the limited gene pool for the breed, hip dysplasia and other problems should be considered. A constant vigil over any symptoms should be the new Affenpinschers creed and daily practice.

But even with the possible health concerns and numerous “little accidents” the new owner is almost guaranteed to deal with, the little devils will almost assuredly win over your heart. As a matter of fact, the official motto of the Affenpinscher Club of America is “Bet you can’t own just one.”

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The Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer

by Sidy Boy

Sam and Simon The Miniature Schnauzer is derived from the Standard Schnauzer and is said to have come from mixing Affenpinchers and Poodles with small Standards. The Mini’s were exhibited as a distinct breed as early as 1899, and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926.

Miniature Schnauzers should be no less than 12 inches in height, and no more than 14 inches. They are sturdily built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height with plenty of bone. The weight should range between 14 to 18 pounds depending on height.

Schnauzers may be several colors. Salt and Pepper is the most common, though blacks and black & Silvers are being seen in increasing numbers. Their “Show Coat” differs from their “Pet Coat.” The show coat is a thick wiry coat, which is obtained through stripping the dog-pulling the hair out with a stripping knife. The pet coat is a much softer clipped coat. The breed has a soft undercoat, and if the dog is clipped, in time only the undercoat will remain. Pet owners are not recommended to try for a show coat on their dogs-not only is it very expensive to have done ($150+ each time), but it may be very difficult to find a groomer who is knowledgeable enough about the breed to do it. Having your pet clipped is best, and this should be done on a regular basis. The grooming schedule for a Miniature Schnauzer is normally every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on their hair growth. They will need to be combed and brushed in between full groomings to help prevent matting of their furnishings, and especially their beards. Just brushing the dog is not enough- they must be combed as well or their long furnishings will matt.

Miniature Schnauzers are hardy, healthy, intelligent, and fond of children. They were developed as a small farm dog, used as ratters. Their small size has permitted them to adapt easy to city living, though they still do quite well in the country, and can cover a large amount of ground with little tiring. They make wonderful family companions, and are extremely easy to train. They do well not only in conformation events, but also in obedience and agility.

Health concerns in the breed include Urolithiasis which is bladder stones. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which is a degenerative disease of the retinal visual cells which leads to blindness. Cataracts which is Lens opacity that may in part or in total affect one or both eyes. Blindness results when cataracts are complete and in both eyes.

Panosteitis which is a developmental problem associated with too rapid growth. Lameness can occur in one limb or over time in all limbs. Typically the dog will stand with one leg up- a day or so later the dog will hold another leg up. The pain associated with Pano will often switch legs several times. Treatment usually involves resting and sometimes an arthritis type pain medication for a few days. This is not life threatening nor will it affect the dog throughout it’s lifetime.

Other concerns are immune dysfunction’s, heart problems and diabetes. For a full list and description of Miniature Schnauzer health concerns, please click here.

A reputable breeder will screen for inherited health problems and will be able to discuss if there has been any problems in their lines.

NOTICE: Despite what you may see on some websites, the only Miniature Schnauzers recognized by the AKC are blacks, salt and pepper and black and silvers. White Schnauzers (as well as the 3 AKC permitted colors) are recognized by the FCI. As with all breeds, please screen breeders carefully to assure you are getting a healthy, well balanced dog. There are many breeders out there only looking to make some money and will fool you into believing that their dogs are of the proper type. We have personally seen some “badly bred” Schnauzers that barely resemble the breed at all, and you must realize that when they lack one quality, they will most likely lack others- and health and temperament are extremely important qualities! Quality is important- proper structure, health and temperament. I’ve personally seen many illbred dogs who were loaded with health problems, and were noisy, and biters, so please be careful!

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Affenpinscher – The Monkey Dog

Affenpinscher – The Monkey Dog

By Tim Shank

The Affenpinscher is a small 7 to 8 pound dog that usually does not exceed around 10 inches in height. The Affenpinscher has bushy eyebrows and shaggy hair and most often is considered to look somewhat like a monkey. Although this certainly is a dog, you might consider that sometimes it is a monkey by the way that it acts.

Affenpinschers look like terriers but they’re actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer subgroup. The common color of an Affenpinscher is black, although the AKC will allow them to be other colors such as gray, silver, and a combination of black and tan but Black is always preferred.

They are very playful and lively. They get along, generally speaking, with other dogs and pets but they can become excitable around small children so they’re not necessarily recommended as a family pet where small children are around. They often can be territorial when it comes to their food so you might want to take this into consideration as well. That being said Affenpinschers certainly can be a fun pet to own and can provide hours of entertainment.

The breed can date itself back to the 17th century and has European origins. In fact its name is a combination between the German word for monkey and terrier. Originally the breed was a little bit larger than it is now standing about 12 to 13 inches in height, but it had similar colors. Its original purpose was as a ratter, working very hard to to remove rodents from places such as kitchens and stables.

All in all, the Affenpinscher can make a fun and loving pet that can provide hours of fun while it plays and puts on a show for it’s owners. A faithful and loyal breed, the Affenpinscher is a pet to look into having for your family.

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6 Different Dog Breeds You Don’t Know

6 Different Dog Breeds You Don’t Know

By Ispas Marin

Everybody has heard of the basset hound or the beagle. This type of dogs has proved to have many qualities or has been advertised a lot. The influence plays also an important role:if one of my friends. to whom I compete has just bought a pitbull, I should definitely bring about a Tossain. How about the Polish Owczarek Nizinny? i know nothing about it so this shouldn’t be my choice. There are many breeds of dogs left on this planet which prove to have more qualities, yet, are unpopular. This article will present you some of these breeds.

The affenpinscher

This is the smallest dog in the breed which also presented us the schnauzers. The affenpinscher is thought to be the most suitable for a family pet as it is very intelligent, easy to train of a good demeanor. They have a dark fur and have always shown affection to human beings.

The anatolian Shepherd

This dog breed is of a medium size and has proved to be very courageous. This breed is very powerful and loyal and it is used in U.S.A especially for military and hunting purposes.

The basenji

The dogs from this breed are medium sized muscular dogs and are also named the Africa Barkless Dogs. What is funny is that they ever bark because they don’t want to do so as researches have shown they are not mute.They are extremely known in Africa for their hunting skills.They are not suitable as family pets but their aversion to humans can be diminished if they are handled properly from an early age.

The Bouvier des Flandres

This small and steady dog breed is somewhat similar to the terrier one . Their fur is generally in dark shades and they have proved to be very calm. At the beginning they were bred as herders in France but nowadays they are used for police and military purposes, as well as guidance for blind persons.

The central Asian Ovtcharka

The Central Asian Ovtcharka includes only large and muscular dogs. They appear to be very loyal and fearless dogs with strong protective instincts which makes them being used as watchdogs. As any other large dog they have their ears and tail cut from an early age.

The Polish Owczarek Nizinny

This dog is of a medium size muscular dog with a long fur which covers its eyes. It can be used as a family pet, being very loyal, yet they shouldn’t be left alone because they are notorious for the ‘disasters’ they cause in this situation.

All in all what we do know is that many dog breeds are not so famous but they prove to have some qualities which cannot be surpassed. They may be great hunters or family pets; the idea is that we should pay much attention to them as they are really fantastic.

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Article Source: Ispas Marin