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Affenpinscher Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Affenpinscher is a small, terrier-like dog famous for its monkey-like expression. The skull is domed with a short muzzle and an undershot or level bite. The small ears are small and stand erect when cropped - erect, semi-erect or drop when uncropped. The eyes are round, dark and gleaming, and enhance the monkey-like expression. The body is small and proportional to the head, with a bit of tuckup and a slight curve of the croup. The tail is carried erect and can be docked to 1 2 or left natural. The coat is rough, dense and of moderate length for such a small dog. Coloring can be black, silver, gray, black and tan, red or beige; dogs that have a coat color other than black may still have a black mask. Despite the Affenpinschers facetious personality, its gait is notably confident and serious.

Affenpinscher Fast Facts

12 - 14 years
17th century
7 - 9 lb
7 - 9 lb
9.5 - 11.5"
9.5 - 11.5"
Affenpincher, Affenpincer, or Afenpinscher.


Small and spunky, the Affenpinscher is the only breed that goes by the name monkey....

The Germans chose the word Affen, monkey, to describe this clownish little dog; the French call it diablotin moustachu, mustachioed little devil. Both names are quite accurate. Owing to its terrier roots, this little devil is bold, scrappy and tenacious; it never shies away from action or a fight, and is quite brave for its size. But the Affenpinscher also has a clownish side, its monkey half, and is sure to amuse its family with its crazy antics. The dog loves to play, climb, and get into trouble. The Affen is also fairly sociable and gets along well with children and other pets, which sets it apart from your typical terrier. The Affenpinscher is the perfect pet for anyone that likes to laugh and wants a dog that will always find a way to brighten your day.

Caring For a Affenpinscher

The Affenpinschers exercise requirements are fairly high compared to most Toy breeds....

Generally, the dog can fulfill its exercise needs with an indoor or backyard game, or a short walk, but it needs this exercise everyday or it will become hyperactive and obnoxious. The Affenpinscher has modest resistance to both heat and cold, and may have trouble keeping itself cool on hot days this breed absolutely cannot live outside. The Affenpinschers coat needs regular attention, including a biweekly brushing as well as shaping every 3 4 months; a non-show dogs coat can be clipped, but show dogs should be stripped. The Affenpinscher is a healthy breed, and has few documented hereditary health problems. Occasionally, one will see patellar luxation, breathing problems and corneal ulcers in the breed.

Affenpinscher History

Breed History

Taking its name from the German Affen and Pinscher, literally meaning monkey terrier, the Affenpinscher is among the oldest of the Toy breeds....

Paintings from the 15th century depict dogs that resemble the Affenpinscher and that were most likely the breed's ancestors. The breed as we know it today, however, first took shape in early 17th century Germany. These dogs were a bit bigger than the Affenpinscher we see today, and were originally used to kill rats and other vermin in kitchens and stables. As time passed, the Affenpinscher became increasingly popular as a noblewomans lapdog and companion rather than a common working dog, and it was subsequently bred down in size. Further refinement came through crosses with the Silky Pinscher, the German Pinscher and the Pug.The feisty little Affenpinscher went on to serve as the blueprint for several other toy breeds, including the Brussels Griffon, which would one day usurp the Affenpinschers comfortable position as an aristocratic lapdog. Since that time, the Affenpinscher has never regained its former popularity. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. To this day it remains very rare both in the United States and abroad.