THOUGHTS ON THE BREED: AFFENPINSCHER
DORIS COZART I live at Robson Ranch in Denton, Texas. It is an active senior community. Outside of dogs, I love my wine club and enjoy the gym. I’ve been in dogs more years than I can count. I have been judging over 25 years. I have been fortunate to judge at many prestigious shows, including Westminster KC and AKC Eukanuba. SANDRA LEX I am from Toronto, Ontario. I also enjoy Japanese flower arranging ( Ikenobo school) along with the Toronto Sym- phony. I’ve been in dogs probably more years than I care to remember—showing 50 years and judging 24 years. I am still involved with breeding and showing. PAMELA PEAT I live in Scottsdale, Arizona with my husband David and multiple Affens. I have been in show dogs since 1972. We bred Longhaired Dachshunds until 1997. In 2000, we got our first Affen, Trevor, and have been hooked ever since. I start- ed judging in 1991 and now do 3 groups. JACQUELINE L. STACY My husband Terry and I live in beautiful Chapel Hill, NC surrounded by beautiful trees and delightful Affenpinschers. Besides dogs we love the symphony, theater and sports, all easily accessed here. We are devoted to our family also. I’ve been in dogs since 1954, Terry since 1952. I’ve been showing since 1952 and judging since 1994. BETH SWEIGART I live in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania with Peter Green where we have a small kennel and breed Affens and Norfolks. I have had dogs all my life and have bred first labs then Nor- wich and Norfolks since the mid seventies. I started breed- ing Affens in the mid nineties. I have been an AKC approved since 2006 and I’m approved for the Sporting and Terrier groups and most of the Toys.
1. Describe the breed in three words. DC: Mischievous, delightful and distinctive. SL: Without a doubt: living with little people. JS: Charming, mischievous and delightful. PP: Comical, monkey and Terrier.
2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? DC: Monkey-like expression that includes round, dark eyes and a broad lower jaw; plus sound gait and temperament. SL: Square, up on leg and correct monkey expression. PP: Correct monkey-like expression, square outline, harsh coat and comical, mischievous attitude. JS: Using the Affenpinscher Club of America’s illustrated standard, when breeding, showing or judging we all should follow the bullets that appear on the back cover of the ACA’s illustrated standard in order of importance from top to bottom. These are the priorities of breed type. And are mine. BS: For Affens I think a square outline, the right leg to body proportion and the correct head and expression are most important in judging the breed. 3. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? DC: I am seeing more protruding eyes, it does not give the correct expression. Grooming has become exaggerated. SL: Grooming. We are seeing the breed looking like Toy Poodles in the ring. This is a breed that should have correct coat type without adding all kinds of product to make a hard backcoat. This breed should be shown with a cape, not a ruff. PP: We have become over groomed with too much sculpted coat with excessive product added. Movement is to be “jaunty”, not excessive speed with excessive reach and drive. These are dogs that pounce on their prey—not chase it down! JS: A number of people have commented how impressed they were with “the wonderful reach and drive” of any given Affenpinscher—wrong and wrong again. The proper type Affen possesses moderate angles a short, thick neck and level back. So proper movement is jaunty; also, they should not be delicate in any way. BS: I think the breed is becoming overly groomed and their movement is becoming too generic. That is falling into the temptation for great speed and extension, which is not typical for the breed. 4. Do you think the dogs you see in this breed are better now than they were when you first started judging? Why or why not?
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