Fresh Food for Affenpinschers
A toy breed weighing 7 to 10 pounds, affenpinschers are quintessential big dogs in small bodies. Believed to have origins in Germany (the name means “monkey dog” in German), they were ratters and companion dogs. Today’s affenpinscher has retained its feisty and fearless nature—in France, the affenpinscher is known as “diablotin moustachu,” which translates to “moustached little devil.” Though tiny, they’re intelligent, and protective; they bark at perceived threats and can be territorial. They are content with apartment living and indoor play but need regular exercise, mental stimulation, socialization, and early, ongoing training. Their wiry coats should be brushed and combed regularly, and a professional groomer can shape their facial hair every few months.
A diet of fresh food for your affenpinscher is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with moderate exercise, regular vet care, and a loving companion to monkey around with.
What’s the best dog food for affenpinschers?
A diet of fresh dog food for your affenpinscher contributes to a healthy, active life, and could help stave off some of the ailments common to this breed.
Why fresh is best for your Affenpinschers
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Affenpinschers’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Affenpinschers are prone to joint issues. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact to your affenpinscher.
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs like affenpinschers, who may be prone to dental disease, don’t look to a dried pellet to clean teeth. Kibble is an ultra-processed food—it sticks to teeth, contributing to plaque, and it can contain substances that actually fuel inflammation in the tissues of the body, including the mouth. Eating for dental health means eating for overall health. A fresh, whole-food diet promotes a healthier immune system, which helps ward off dental infections—and it doesn’t stick to teeth.
Know what’s in the bowl
For affenpinschers with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Being even a little overweight can increase your affenpinscher's odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan, tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.
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