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Affenpinschers Information


Although the Affenpinscher is a small breed of dog, less than eleven inches at wither height and weighing from seven to nine pounds, they do not consider them a delicate breed.  They are actually very tough, agile, active dogs, fast enough to catch mice and rats.  Its rough, harsh, wiry coat is shaggy in appearance and longer over the shoulders and head, forming a mane.  The Affenpinscher is a medium boned, squarely built, sturdy, compact small dog with a facial expression some people refer to as monkeylike.  Affenpinschers are silver, beige, red, gray, black, or black and tan in color.   

The Affenpinschers are a great family dog that normally get along well with other animals and dogs.  They are protective of family members and always entertaining but can be a little stubborn, so require ongoing loving discipline and guidance.  Affenpinschers have the heart of a terrier, as they are brazen, curious, obstinate, and fearless but also mischievous, affectionate, and playful.  They are best in a household with older children as they are can be territorial over their food or toys.  Affenpinschers become bored easily so require varied training techniques to hold their interest.  Normally quiet dogs, they show nor fear and become very excited and vocal if threatened or attacked.  

Grooming & Shedding
Affenpinschers shed very little or no hair but do require clipping every two or three months to keep their harsh coats shaped, whereas show dogs require stripping.  A pet owner can learn to clip their dog themselves but only a trained professional should do the required stripping on show dogs.  Their one-inch coat does need regular grooming, so you should comb and brush your Affenpinscher at least three times weekly and more often when necessary.  

German in origin, the Affenpinscher goes back to around sixteen hundred.  The name ‘pinscher’ means terrier while ‘affen’ means monkey and their name comes from the Affenpinscher’s facial appearance.  People in Germany used them to kill mice, rats, and other rodents in their stables, kitchens, and homes.  They used a smaller version of the dog at one time as women’s lap dogs, so they not only entertained and hunted vermin but also kept their mistress’ lap warm.  Although extremely popular in Germany, the American Kennel Club did not recognize the Affenpinscher until 1936.  World War II stifled its popularity and since then this breed of dog is very rare in both Germany and the in America.      

Health Issues 

  • Major Concerns: none
  • Minor Concerns: patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes
  • Occasionally seen: open fontenal, PDA
  • Suggested tests: heart, knee



10-15 inches (25-38 cm)


7-8 pounds (3-3.36 kg)


10-12 years






Yes – with socialization

Young Children


Need exercise space






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