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    7 Fun Facts About Affenpinscher - Westminster's Winning Breed

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    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.