The newest (and cutest) dog breed in the spotlight is the affenpinscher. When Banana Joe was crowned best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday, the whole world was asking, "What is that funny-looking little thing?" This toy breed is marked by its scruffy, monkey-like face, so it's no surprise that affenpinscher literally translates to "monkey terrier" in German. If you're considering adding an affenpinscher to your family, you'll want to consider some pros and cons.
At an average weight of seven to 10 pounds, this little dog has a big heart and even bigger character. According to this Dogs 101: Affenpinscher video on Animal Planet, "The affenpinscher is spunky times 10." They are extremely playful, adventurous, intelligent, and even a little mischievous. Because of their small stature, they make perfect indoor dogs and travel well, but they can also be easily injured due to their size. Affenpinschers are also prone to ailments, including eye, teeth, hip, joint, thyroid, and heart disease, which could rack up a high vet bill. And maybe because they're so spunky, these little fellas can be difficult to housebreak.
Whether or not you're in the market for a new pet, we've culled some pics of this peculiarly cute dog for you to pore over. Click on and get to know the affenpinscher.
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