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Affenpinscher Dog Breed Information

The Affenpinscher originated during the 1600′s in Germany as a small vermin hunter. While this little dog makes a great hunter for small creatures, it also is an excellent family companion because they enjoy entertaining and make great lap warmers. Although this little dog breed enjoys the outdoors, they cannot live outside.

Although considered a smaller dog breed, the Affenpinscher tends to act and think as if it were a larger dog breed. They make great watchdogs because of their bark; however they do not make very good protective dogs because they lack that ability due to their size. Excellent canine companions for those who live in the city, those with children, and even seniors, this bold little dog enjoys a good bout of exercise whether it is a good long walk or a vigorous game with a toy.

Weighing about seven to eight pounds and being ten to fifteen inches in height on average, both males and females tend to be about the same size.  The life expectancy of the Affenpinscher is about ten to twelve years and their litter sizes tend to be quick smell, ranging from one to three puppies at a time.

The Affenpinscher dog breed has a few common health problems associated with its breed. While not are all prone to these conditions, the Affenpinscher tends to be susceptible to corneal dystrophy, patellar luxation, bone fractures, open fontanel, respiratory issues, and patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA. Just like with most other dog breeds, it is important to provide your dog with adequate exercise, a healthy diet, and dog insurance to reduce any problems and veterinarian costs.

Corneal dystrophy is a condition that the Affenpinscher dog breed is susceptible to and it is characterized as a group of eye disorders. This inherited eye disorder occurs in the cornea of the eye and if causes cloudiness or opacity. A type of white or gray crystalline deposit appears on the cornea and causes blurred vision for the dog, resulting in blindness. This slow but progressive corneal condition is not curable or irreversible; however medications are available to treat the progression symptoms of the condition. Eye surgery may be an option but it depends what your veterinarian says because it may cause a higher risk of blindness.

Heather Rey is a pet lover and internet journalist that strives to provide the best care possible for her pets. For pet-related information, visit this pet insurance site.

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