An Affenpinscher will do well with a nutritionally balanced, premium dog food that is appropriately suited for their age, size, and level of activity.
Sticking to a feeding schedule is suggested, as opposed to free feeding, to avoid overeating and unhealthy weight gain. Meal portions should also be appropriate for the dog’s age and activity level.
Always make sure that there is always plenty of clean drinking water available for them to stay properly hydrated.
The Affenpinscher requires a moderate amount of grooming to keep them looking and feeling their best.
Brushing their coat twice a week should do well to keep their coat free of loose hairs and debris. Pull apart any mats or tangles in their fur with your fingers.
The hair on their head can hang down to their face, obscuring their vision. This hair can be brushed forward and then an inverted V shape can be cut to keep most of the hair out of their eyes. The hair on the bridge of the nose should also be trimmed to keep the hair out of their eyes.
Regularly trimming their nails will be important to making sure they are comfortable when they run and play, as well as to mitigate the risk of injury.
Brush their teeth several times per week, if not daily, to help them avoid any tooth or gum problems.
Affenpinschers are little dogs, so they can get along well in a small home or apartment, but despite their size they still have the need for moderate exercise every day.
One or two brisk walks, and opportunities to play with their owners or some doggy toys will make sure that these lovable pups get the workout they need to stay happy and healthy.
Be sure to use a leash whenever taking them out and about. Even the best of dogs can succumb to their urge to explore farther than they should when left to run free.
These brave and tenacious dogs are easier to train that people might tell you. Though they have a strong independent will of their own and can sometimes act stubbornly, they are very smart dogs who can learn rather quickly if given the right incentive.
Affection, positivity, and if that fails, snacks, can be just the incentive they need to do well in training. Try keeping training sessions short at first and make sure they have an element of fun to them to keep your Affenpinscher engaged and having a good time.
Socializing these pups early on will also help them to grow into more well rounded adults who will be easier to train, as well as helping them to form healthy behaviors around other people and animals.