The Affenpinscher is a rough-coated little dog standing between 9 ½ to 11 ½ inches at the withers. Pinscher means terrier in German and this little dog is a lively representative of this group.
It is an old breed developed in Central Europe for ratting in the 17th Century. At that time it was a small dog found in stores, barns, stables, and kitchens. Ladies kept them in their boudoirs to keep the rats away. They were bred down in size and recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936 in the toy group.
They are good house pets, but children must be taught how to handle them. They are active and need a job. Because they are a toy breed they do not need much room. But, as all dogs, they need daily walks.
For those people interested in adopting an Affenpinscher you can contact Affenpinscher Rescue in Wisconsin at http://affenpinscher.rescueme.org/Wisconsin for information. Another place to find this breed is on the Internet this is one link http://dogbreedersgallery.com/dog-breeds-from-a-z/affenpinscher/affenpinscherAin-wisconsin or you can find a breed through the AKC.
Purebred cats are also good pets. The Purebred Registry is a good resource for information. The first breed on their list is the Abbyssinian, a silky coated cat that needs little maintenance. They are medium sized and love to be in contact with their owners. Before you know it, they will have you well trained.
This breed was first recorded in 1871. It is said that it was brought to England from Ethiopia. Recent genetic testing tells the origin of the cat off the coast of India. For more information about this breed go to the American Cat Fanciers Association they have a list of breeders.
Purebred dogs and cats add another activity to the family routine, they can be shown in pointed competition and for those owners who want to take the time and effort these pets may be bred.