The Affenpinscher is one of the Toy breeds. He is somewhat terrier-like in his character, often lively and full of mischief. He makes a suitable companion dog and can adapt to most home environments. He has a rough, harsh textured coat which needs frequent grooming. He needs regular daily exercise.
Inbreeding coefficient – COI
(should be as low as possible)
The breed average COI is 9.7%
Health and welfare problems due to conformation
(body shape and physical characteristics)
- Due to the extremely short nose of the Affenpinscher the breed is prone to Brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome (BOAS). This causes upper airway obstruction, respiratory distress, and exercise intolerance.
BVA/KC Health Schemes: http://www.bva.co.uk/chs
- Hip dysplasia: breed mean score 17.8 (parents should be lower)
- Chiari malformation Syringomyelia (CMSM)
DNA tests available
Unofficial (breed club) schemes
Breed scheme – patella testing
Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents (or check the KC’s health test results finder). If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.
Other diseases reported
(for which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)
- Patellar luxation (slipping knee-cap)
- Umbilical hernia
- Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushings disease)
- Trachea/windpipe disorder
- Acute kidney failure