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Affenshire History

The origin of the name “Affens” is uncertain, but may be related to “Affent.” The origin of “Affensi” is unclear, but it may have come from “Affe” (“monkey” or “ape”). The history of the affenschaundl (“a cloak with sleeves”) dates back to the 18th century, when women’s long, full peasant skirts were called “a affen”. The affenschiessen, or “blessing of the affen,” was a typical ritual on Holy Thursday. The affen was worn as a cloak over the dress, and was tied around the waist with a “Koppel” (a kind of belt). As the skirt was rolled up, the affen-skirt was tied up with strings, and then let down over the shoulders and the arms, where it formed the sleeves. The affenschiessen was a way of symbolizing the sacrifice of Jesus, who “laid aside his garments”. The affenschiessen was a kind of prayer, and the meaning of the affenschiessen was explained by the priest. On Holy Thursday, the affenschiessen was an important custom. On that day, the affen-cloak was used as a symbol of the Last Supper. The affenschiessen symbolized that Jesus was poor and clothed in rags, and that his

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Affenshire Physical Characteristics

The Affenshied is a medium-level small breed that typically stands between 18 and 24 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs between 40 and 60 lbs. They have a large, thick, and fluffy white coat that covers their entire body. They have a thick, short tail that curls over their back and a wrinkly face. They have large, round eyes and a curly, long beard.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Fawn, Blue, Red, Gray, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 4 – 9 lbs

Female Weight Range: 4 – 9 lbs

Affenshire Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Affenshire Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Shunt, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Bronchitis, Cataracts, Allergies

Affenshire Temperament and Behaviour

The Affenshire dog breed is a loyal and loving companion. They are known for their playful nature and their affectionate dispositions. They are also intelligent and can be trained easily. They are good with children and other pets.

Affenshire Activity Requirements

Affenshire Terriers are a short-legged terrier that originated in Scotland. They are loyal, lively, and fun-loving. Their small size makes them perfect for families who live in apartments and smaller homes. While Affenshire Terriers are not the most high-energy breed, they do need a moderate amount of exercise and mental stimulation. Regular walks, time spent playing in the yard, and games of tug are all great ways to keep your Affenshire healthy and happy. If you are looking for a fun, small dog that enjoys being very active, the Affenshire Terrier may be the right fit. While they don’t require a ton of exercise, they do need to spend time with their owners.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Affenshire is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Affenshire is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Affenshire is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Affenshire is part of the Unclassified group.

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