The Affenpinscher is a little friendly pet. Here is your informative A-list of Affenpinscher. The nickname of Affenpinscher is monkey dog. This Affenpinscher dog breed was originated from Germany in the 17th century. They were descended from the Brussels Griffon and Miniature Schnauzer. The dog name was derived from German language and it means Monkey Terrier. Affenpinschers were used to be as farm dog and kept in the stables; they were good in catching rats. They were also known as Ratting Terrier. The Affenpinscher became smaller size over the years. The Affenpinscher was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936. Today, Affenpisncher is one of the popular family pet around the world.

Facts about Affenpinscher

  • Temperament – The Affenpinscher is adventurous, alert, confident, courageous, inquisitive, loyal, loving, playful and quick-witted. The Affen has a terrier personality. They are affectionate with family and they can get along with other pets. We need to teach young children how to handle properly with this dog breed; Affenpinschers are possessive over their belongings. They have natural protective instincts and it makes them a wonderful watch dog. They will reserve with strangers. They enjoy outdoor activities and they need a confident owner. Early socialization and obedience training is essential for Affenpinscher puppies.
  • Appearance – The Affenpinscher has a compact and small medium-boned body. They have a round head and they come with a pair of medium-sized dark eyes. The longer fur can be found on their face and they have a monkey-like appearance. The ears are either standing erect or droop a little. They have a black short nose. The muzzle is short and the short neck is arched. The chest is in medium deep and the ribs are moderately sprung. They have slender legs and the small feet are compact with black pads and nails. The front legs and hind legs are straight when viewed from any direction. The tail is usually set high and curls over the back. They have a dense shaggy coat as Shih Tzu. The longer hair can be found on the head, chest, neck, legs and stomach.

Here are some Affenpinscher pictures

Affenpinscher Breed Information

Size Small
Height 25-38 cm (male and female)
Weight 3 -4 kg (male and female)
Colour Black, grey, sliver or black and tan
Group Toy Breed Dog
Life Span 12 -15 years
Litter Size Average 1 – 3 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed. Let them romp or play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Weekly brushing and combing is needed. This breed is light shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Average

The common health issue for Affenpinscher is prone to slipped stifle, open fontanel and respiratory problems in warm climates.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Affenpinscher from Affenpinscher rescue or look for Affenpinscher for sale from Affenpinscher breeders.