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The Affenpinscher ("monkey-like terrier”) hails from Central Europe, serving for centuries as a loyal companion and fearless ratter. They are an inquisitive breed (some prefer to say “mischievous”) and highly affectionate toward their owners. At 9-11.5 inches tall, they make an excellent choice for apartment dwellers, as many of their exercise needs can be met indoors. They have a wiry coat that requires regular brushing, and as with all small breeds, children need to be taught how to properly handle them.

Breed Notes: Active, Apartment Dog, Small Breed, Child Warning

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Affenpinscher


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