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The affenpinscher is a small dog with a harsh and shaggy coat and a monkeylike expression; hence the German name affen which means monkey
It has a compact and square body and round head with rounded eyes and a short nose.
It has a remarkable inner beauty and a clovn-like attitude that will charm most people. When a friendship with an affen is achieved youíll have a faithful friend for life.

The affenpinscher should have a shoulder height of between 25 and 30 cm. Itís weight may vary, but is often somewhere in between 3,5-6 kg.
An affenpinscher doesní demand much exercise, but it will still very much appreciate a stroll or a wee hike every now and then and a larger sized garden to play in.
The Norwegian affenpinscher is often seen at shows, but itís eagerness and quickness to learn also makes it suitable for obedience and agility.
Itís been said that thereís no need to keep an affenpinscher on a leach, it will
follow itís owner everywhere. But it is a very curios dog and when discovering something exciting on the other side of the road it is very unlikely to stop and look for cars so it is recommended to keep a leach on it.


History:
The affenpinscher is a very old German breed. It was seen portrayed in a painting by Albrecht Durer and Jan van Eyck as early as the 1400ís.
It is related to and has played a vital part in the breeding history of Griffons, miniature pinschers and miniature schnauzers.
In the German studbook during the 1870ís and 80ís, short, long and rough coated miniature pinschers.
In the original standard the affenpinscher was descried as ďein kleiner Teufel voll Gift und GalleĒ meaning ďitís a little devil full of poison and gallĒ towards the people it did not know. It may have been like that once, but today itís a known as a social dog, a good companion and guard dog (try sneaking in to a house full of affenpinschers).
The breed was registered for the first time in Germany in 1879 and was finally Ďestablishedí in 1913.
It was originally used to catch rats, which indicates that itís a curious, brave, eager and quick dog.

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Today:
Despite the fact that the breed is rumoured to be one of the oldest toy breeds there are very few of them today.
At the end of 2001 there were only approximately 50 registered in Norway. At the moment, in 2013 there is about a 300 of them scattered across the country.
Most affenpinscher owners in Norway bought their first dog from Sweden; there have been some English and Finnish imports as well.
When mating we have also brought in some American and German affenpinscher-blood.

We are noticing, with much joy that the interest for affenpinschers has increased the last couple of years and our wish for the future is that even more people discover this amazing dog with all itís endearing quirks and lovely appearance.