Affenpinscher

The Affenspinscher is thought to be one of the oldest toy breeds still in existence. The small dog dates back to France, Germany and Munich. This “monkey-terrier,” as the name translates to, was wildly popular in the 17th century. Had you been able to walk through Central Europe in this time period, you would have found these dogs on farms, in stables, and in stores. The dogs were highly useful as ratters. After some time, these dogs were bred to be even smaller and kept in women's bedrooms. Earning the nickname “little devil with a moustache,” these small dogs chased away mice. Today, the dog is kept as a family companion and a watchdog.

The Affenpinscher is a small, square-proportioned dog that is compact and sturdy. It has a thick, abundant coat that needs regular brushing. Personality: The Affenpinscher is a very active and energetic little dog. It's name means "monkey terrier" in German, and it lives up to his name: It is a playful ball of energy, but can be stubborn and mischievous. They love to make noise and make good watchdogs, but are obviously too small to protect you from real danger. They will try though - they are fearless! Although they don't need long walks, they need to exert energy on a daily basis. They love indoor games that allow them to use their intelligence. They get on well with other dogs, but are usually shy or suspicious of strangers.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Group
Function
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Affen, Affie, Monkey Dog, Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher Build Information

Size
Toy
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
8-10 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Both
Preferred Climate
Moderate Cold

The Affenpinscher is a small, square-proportioned dog that is compact and sturdy. It has a thick, abundant coat that needs regular brushing.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Affenpinscher is a very active and energetic little dog. They love to make noise and make good watchdogs, but are obviously too small to protect you from real danger. They will try though - they are fearless! Although they don't need long walks, they need to exert energy on a daily basis. They love indoor games that allow them to use their intelligence. They get on well with other dogs, but are usually shy or suspicious of strangers.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & Tan Gray Red Silver
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
High Maintenance
Coat Type
Wiry

The Affenspinscher does need a bit of attention to its coat. This dog is not for an owner who does not want to have a dog that needs grooming. The Affenspinscher needs to be professionally groomed twice each year. A groomer will clip your dog's coat and give it a bath for you.

Aside from these grooming appointments, your dog will need to be brushed or combed at least twice each week.

You will need to clip your dog's toenails every month, and its ears will need to be cleaned every two weeks. Care should be taken to clip hair around from the eyes in between grooming to prevent discharge from accumulating.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
No
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
No
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Called the “monkey dog” due to its small, monkey-like face
  • Perfectly suited for apartment life
  • Should be trained with positive rewards and motivation
  • Available in red, black and tan, silver, gray, or black
  • Tenacity is a highly-desired trait

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Common Health Conditions in Affenpinschers

Affenpinschers are a generally healthy breed of dog. These small animals may be prone to patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes Disease, hip dysplasia, and heart murmurs. If you choose to buy a puppy, do so from a responsible breeder. Look for a puppy with parents that have been certified through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for healthy hips and elbows. Your puppy’s parents should also have been certified by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation for healthy eyes. When you purchase a puppy from parents that have been health tested, you are less likely to have an animal with hereditary diseases. Be prepared to face some of these issues if you purchase your puppy from a pet store, a hobby breeder, or a rescue.

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