With a name like Affenpinscher (monkey-terrier), you know theres some colorful history....
There are paintings dating back to the 15th century that show dogs who bear a striking resemblance to the modern Affenpinscher, who are probably the breeds ancestors. (But how anyone got them to sit still long enough to draft a painting is lost in the sands of time.)
However, these dogs were definitely around in 17th century Germany. At that stage, the Affenpinscher was a bit larger, and they busied themselves hunting rats and other pests in stables and kitchens. Given the breed's propensity for climbing and mischief-making, its a definite possibility that more than one Affenpinscher helped themselves to a reward from the kitchen counter for a job well done when the cooks back was turned.
Time went on, and the breed became a star choice as a noblewomans lap dog, dodging the hard life of a working dog and plying their trade as entertainers instead. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936, they are a rare dog, both in the US and abroad. Affenpinscher puppies are the perfect choice for mischievous people who dare to be different. Learn more about your local Affenpinscher rescue and Affenpinscher breeders in our breeder directory!