Dog Breeds Starting With B
The Affenpinscher (A) is one of the most popular dog breeds in Europe. They are known for their friendly nature and love of people. Their size makes them very playful and they make excellent guard dogs.
They have been bred since ancient times for hunting purposes, but today they do not only serve as companions for humans, but also provide food for other animals such as goats or rabbits.
Affenpinchers are usually medium sized dogs and weigh between 20-30 pounds. They have short legs, long bodies and large heads. Their coats are thick and curly, making them look like a giant rabbit.
Their eyes are dark brown, while their noses are pointed. The ears may be straight or slightly curved. The nose is sometimes covered with hair called “lappet” which is used to keep out flies and other insects.
Their coloration varies from light grey to black, and they have several spots on their body. Their coat tends to be longer than average, so it’s common for them to stand up when walking. The skin around the eyes is smooth and shiny.
The underside of the tail is white.
In some cases, the fur on the back of their necks is white. In others, it’s a lighter shade of blue or even pinkish-red. The hair on the top of their head is usually sparse.
Personality: The affectionate and friendly nature of the affenpinscher make them great family pets. They are energetic and playful, and are very good with children.
Affenpinschers are natural entertainers, and will do almost anything for attention. They have a habit of clowning around, making funny faces, dancing about and doing silly things. This is often combined with loud vocalizations to amplify the humor.
Do not be fooled by their silly antics, as they are very territorial. They will become very serious when faced with a threat and have no problem warning people away from their space. While they may get along with children and other pets, the affenpinscher’s strong predatory instincts make them prone to chase after fast moving objects.
HISTORY: The affenpinscher’s origins are not entirely known. It is believed that they were bred in Germany, though the exact location is unknown. They are also known as “poor man’s terrier,” since they served to protect lower class families from rats, mice and other pests.
Poor families could not afford to keep a larger dog, so the affenpinscher became popular among them. It is also believed that they were bred as a result of crossing a terrier with a pinscher.
Affenpinschers made their first appearance in American in the late 1800s when they became popular among circus performers, who took them on tour around the nation. They are still used by some circus performers to this day.
The affenpinscher was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 and the United Kennel Club in 1936. Today, they are the 65th most popular dog breed in the United States, though they rank much lower in other parts of the world.
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