Joe the Affenpinscher won the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on last night. The first of his breed to win Best in Show. The 5-year-old Affenpinscher's full name is Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, but his handlers just call him Joe.
The breed is German in origin and dates back to the seventeenth century. The name is derived from Affe (ape, monkey). The breed was created to be a ratter, working to remove rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables.
Affenpinschers often get along with other dogs and pets. They are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are also fun-loving and playful. The breed is confident, lively, affectionate towards family members and is also very protective of them. This dog enjoys being with its family. It needs consistent, firm training because some can be quite difficult to housebreak.
Affenpinschers are somewhat territorial when it comes to their toys and food, so they are not recommended for very small children. This dog is mostly quiet but can become very excited if attacked or threatened and shows no fear toward any aggressor. It is best suited for a family who likes a show and has a sense of humor.
I prefer the West Highland Terrier.