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Questions and answers about Affenpinscher temperament, personality, behavior, physical traits and characteristics, feeding, health care, buying, adoption, puppies and adult dogs.

Affenpinscher dog breed

Affenpinscher FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Affenpinscher Dogs

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014



What kind of temperament and personality does the Affenpinscher have?

I give you my honest opinions about Affenpinscher temperament and personality traits and characteristics – positives AND negatives – in my dog breed review, Affenpinscher Temperament and Personality Traits (What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em).


Do crossbred or mixed breed Affenpinschers make good pets?

Many do make good pets, yes, in the right homes. But before you choose ANY purebred, crossbreed, or mixed breed, you need to know what a purebred dog really IS – and what crossbred and mixed breed dogs really are. You might think you know, but I bet you'll be surprised by my articles: The Truth About Purebred Dogs, The Truth About Crossbred Dogs, and The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs.


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Can you help me decide whether the Affenpinscher is the best breed for me?

Yes, I offer personal consultations on choosing the best breed for your family and lifestyle. Learn more about my Dog Breed Consulting Service.


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Do male dogs or female dogs make better pets?

Ah, let the debate begin! Honestly, male Affenpinschers have pros and cons, and female Affenpinschers have pros and cons. Visit Male Dogs versus Female Dogs


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If I just want a dog for a pet, not for showing or breeding, does it matter whether he has AKC registration papers?

First you need to know what registration papers really mean – and don't mean. You might THINK you know, but you might be wrong! Find out the truth about AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?.


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There's an adorable Affenpinscher puppy at the pet shop. The store manager assures me they only buy from responsible breeders. Could this be true?

No. There are no responsible Affenpinscher breeders who would ever place one of their Affenpinscher puppies in a pet shop for resale. To find out more about pet shop puppies, visit Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store.


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How do I find a good Affenpinscher breeder?

It's hard! The sad truth is that the vast majority of people offering Affenpinscher puppies for sale are unknowledgeable, irresponsible, completely clueless – or all of the above. Visit Dog Breeders: How To Find a Good Breeder.


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How do I pick the best Affenpinscher puppy from a litter?

You can do puppy personality tests. Visit How To Choose a Good Puppy.


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I'm interested in adopting a dog rather than buying from a dog breeder. How do I find Affenpinscher dogs for adoption?

You can find Affenpinschers available for adoption from dog rescue groups or from the animal shelter. Visit Adopting a Dog From Rescue and Adopting a Dog From The Animal Shelter.


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I just got a new Affenpinscher. Which pages should I read first?

  • Affenpinscher Health, which includes my advice on feeding, vaccinations, and health care. These pages are very important, because if you start your Affenpinscher puppy off on the wrong foot, he will probably experience health problems later on. Starting off RIGHT is essential!
  • Training Affenpinschers, which includes my advice on respect training, housebreaking, and socialization. Again, you must start your Affenpinscher puppy off on the right foot by teaching him what he needs to know and you must avoid doing the wrong things with him so that he doesn't develop bad habits that will be much harder to fix later on.

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What's a good training schedule for training Affenpinscher puppies? What things should I teach, and when?

Here's the puppy training schedule I use for Affenpinschers: Puppy Training Schedule.


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How do I housebreak my Affenpinscher?

The key to housebreaking your Affenpinscher is confinement, confinement, confinement. Visit Housebreaking Your Puppy or Adult Dog.


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My Affenpinscher has some behavior problems I'd like to solve.

Respect training solves behavior problems much better than obedience training. Visit Respect Training For Puppies and Adult Dogs.


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What's the best dog food for Affenpinschers?

Homemade dog food, i.e. real food. Visit The Best Dog Food For Your Dog. If you can't or won't make a meal for your dog, there are only a few (very few!) commercial dog food brands I recommend – and these MUST be mixed with real food. There is no commercial diet that should be fed to a dog by itself. Learn why in my article, The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Dog.


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I have to take my Affenpinscher to the vet soon for shots. Which vaccinations does he really need?

The schedule of vaccinations that dogs really need has changed dramatically – but unfortunately most vets are not telling you the truth about this, because a good chunk of their income depends on frequent vaccinations. Please don't get any more shots for your Affenpinscher until you've read my article on Puppy Shots and Dog Vaccinations.


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What are the pros and cons of spaying and neutering my Affenpinscher, and when should it be done?

Spaying and neutering are often recommended too early, which can lead to health problems later in life. Visit Spaying Your Female Dog or Neutering Your Male Dog for the straight scoop on the safest (and riskiest) times to spay or neuter.


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My vet doesn't agree with some of the things you've written about health care.

My advice is based on the latest research by veterinary immunologists, and it's the same advice given by most licensed veterinarians who belong to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. If this advice sounds different from what your own veterinarian is telling you, it's a good bet that he or she does not belong to the AHVMA. Visit Think Your Veterinarian's Good? Here's How To Tell.


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I have a question about Affenpinschers that I don't see answered on your web site.

It's probably answered in one of my books: