Living in an apartment in a big city like Chicago but long for a pet/companion dog for your pre-teen child? The Memphis Dog Coach, says, “Affenpinschers are your best bet as these are intelligent, playful but fiercely loyal dogs whose needs can be easily met in a big city like Chicago.”
Affenpinschers as a breed, trace their origins back to 17th century Germany. These dogs are a toy breed, often likened to terriers. The dogs came much before the Brussels Griffon and they are often called monkey dogs (affe in German is ape) quite possibly because of their antics and their fearless curiosity in exploring things and places! Small built (9- 12 inches), these dogs were originally bred as ratters or mice hunters. The average litter size is 2 puppy dogs and the normal lifespan is about 12 years.
This little dog has been aptly named “mustached little devil” in France. This dog has wiry hair, usually longer in the head, eyebrows and beard, which frame the face giving him an intelligent endearing look. The hair of the dog, may be shorter on the rear and tail. The tail and ears may be docked. The natural tail is set high and carried erect. The length of the body is proportional to its height, giving it a square appearance. The female dog is usually longer. These dogs have a moderate tolerance to heat and cold.
For their size, they need a lot of exercise – walks in Chicago city or a game in the backyard of your home in Chicago. Common colors of Affenspinschers in Chicago are silver, black, gray, tan, red and beige. Affens, as these dogs are often referred to, are usually friendly, curious, independent, fearless against other aggressive animals and fiercely loyal and protective of their owners. Spunky and bold, these dogs make ideal companions for a walk or a day at the beach. This dog loves to play, fetch, chase and climb and generally have a good time making owner’s laugh with his antics.
The dog‘s mouser genes make him quite dexterous with his forepaws, whether handling a toy or a prey. This dog loves to show off, too, which makes him a lively companion. While this dog might be pint sized, he sure has a mind of his own. He can, at times be stubborn and a little difficult to housebreak.
The dog‘s fierce bark can, at times, provoke an attack from larger dogs. The dog may not be the ideal pet if you have other pets from the rodent family (hamsters, hedgehogs) as his ratter’s instincts run deep. Though each dog has his own personality, Affens generally tend to be a little possessive of their toys and may not be ideal pets if you have very small children. The dog‘s slight build also makes them susceptible to injury from children stepping on them or sitting on them or dropping them.
Sturdy little independent dogs, Affenpinschers make ideal travel companions whether your Chicago or any city for that matter. These dogs crave affection and they are quite sociable. Taking them out as puppy dogs, letting them get used to new places and new people makes it easy for them to deal with their territorial instincts and makes them lively travel companions in Chicago and other cities.