Here are 7 fun facts about Affenpinscher, Westminster's winning breed.
Banana Joe, a black affenpinscher is the best in show winner at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show. Here are 7 fun facts about the affenpinscher breed:
Number 7 - Affenpinschers were originally bred in Germany during the 17th century as rat and vermin hunters.
Number 6 - Affenpinschers are typically fun loving and entertaining dogs and are described often as comical dogs who like to walk around on their hind legs for fun.
Number 5 - Not all are black. They can also be born with a Tan, Gray, Silver or Red coat.
Number 4 - This breed is generally healthy with no major health concerns and the life expectancy of an affenpinscher is about 12 years.
Number 3 - Affenpinschers are known to be fearless little dogs and will not hesitate to get aggressive with much larger dogs despite their little toy-like stature.
Number 2 - Known to be one of the oldest toy breeds, similar looking lap dogs can be seen in paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Number 1- Once believed to have existed in two sizes, small and large, the toy-like terrier lives on today, whereas the larger dog has become extinct.