Dog Breeds


Group: Toy Group
Origin: Germany
Height: 9-1/2 to 11-1/2 in.
Size: Very small
Weight: 6 to 9 lbs.
Availability: Difficult to find
Talents: Watchdog, agility, and performing tricks


The Affenpinscher is a small dog with a harsh, shaggy coat, and longer hair all over the face. This dog is square-bodied, with a deep chest and round head with a well-defined stop. The lower jaw is generally slightly undershot, protruding below the dog’s short nose. The dog’s teeth and tongue should not show when his mouth is closed. The black eyes are prominent and rounded, but should not bulge or protrude. The rims of the eyes are black. The hairy ears are pointed and erect when cropped, but may be left natural, in which case, they might be erect, semi-erect, or dropped. The tail may be natural or docked to 1 or 2 in.; it is carried erect. The coat is usually black or dark gray, but tan and red (with or without a black mask) are also acceptable. A small white patch on the chest is acceptable. The preferred height is 9-1/2 to 11-1/2 in. The Affenpinscher is described as having a “neat but shaggy” appearance, with a monkey-like face.


Named “monkey dog” because of his monkey-like facial structure and expression, this feisty toy terrier originated in Germany. The name Affenpinscher actually means “monkey-like terrier.” At first a farm dog and ratter, probably larger in size, the Affenpinscher was miniaturized and became a house pet during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Today the affenpinscher is primarily a companion dog.


Children: Not recommended for children
Friendliness: Loves everyone
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Independence: Moderately dependent on people
Dominance: Moderate
Other Pets: Generally good with other pets
Combativeness: Can be a bit aggressive toward other dogs
Noise: Likes to bark
Indoors: Very active indoors
Owner: Good for novice owners


Terrier-like personality. Fiery little dog, courageous, and confident—a fearless defender. Very affectionate and amusing. Playful and inquisitive. Loyal. Enjoys being with his family. Needs consistent, firm training. Some are difficult to housebreak.


Grooming: Regular grooming needed
Trimming and Stripping: Occasional trimming or stripping needed
Coat: Medium coat
Shedding: Very light
Docking/Cropping: The ears are customarily cropped, and the tail is customarily docked.
Exercise: Moderate exercise needed
Jogging: A poor jogging companion
Apartments: Good for apartment living
Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard
Climate: Prefers cool climates
Longevity: Average 11 to 13 years

High five to all Affenpinscher lover out there!

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