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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 7- 9 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Curly    Fur Color: Black, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden


Life Expectancy: About 10 to 16 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Affenpinscher is a smaller version of a working terrier and therefore is not a delicate dog. It originated in Germany in the 16th century, and the Affenpinscher name is derived from the German affe (ape, monkey) and Pinscher (terrier) because of its monkey-like expression. Their strong character and sporting instinct made this breed particularly useful to kill rats and mice in kitchens and on farms. Extremely intelligent and affection with people their naturally scruffy-looks makes them appealing and is often considered the “class clown”. You can also visit the American Kennel Club website for more Affenpinscher dog breed information.


Black, gray, silver, red, black-and-tan, or beige.


The coat of the Affenpinscher is dense and shaggy, which is coarse and harsh. It is approximately 1 inch in length on the shoulders and body. Is head, neck, chest, stomach, and legs have a longer and less harsh coat.


The Affenpinscher has a terrier-like personality, they are a combination of charm and spunk, but unlike most terriers, they tend to get along with other dogs and pets especially when they are raised with them. They possess observation and thinking process, and can display sensitivity and gentleness. They are annoyingly playful, affectionate and amusing. The Affenpinscher are not recommended for very young children as this breed has a tendency to guard and protect their food and toys, however this friendly little dog enjoys being with its family. A mark of its terrier blood is the tendency for the Affenpinscher to become hyper excited, they will become aggressive and fearless toward anything or anyone they perceive as a threat and it may unwisely challenge large dogs and other large animals.


The Affenpinscher requires minimal grooming, brushing and combing weekly is a must. Occasionally stray hairs can grow in the corners of the eyes and cause irritation, they should be removed immediately. Do not clip is harsh coat to short because this will ruin it for many years. These dogs are sensitive to temperature extremes and like any short-nosed breed; the Affenpinscher may suffer from respiratory problems in hot weather. Its tiny size and fearless nature can lead to broken bones and teeth and may require special care.


Not particularly trainable the Affenpinscher require firmness and consistency, and may be difficult to housetrain. The crate training method can be recommended for this breed. The Affenpinschers are capable of astonishing agility and learn commands very quickly, but do not respond to repetition, make sure there is some variety in the training.


The Affenpinscher are excellent companion for those whose physical activities are limited. Although active and energetic is recommended for apartment life because their exercise needs can be met with indoor play sessions on a regular basis. They also enjoy a chance to run, so a small garden or yard would be ideal and supplemented by slightly longer walks at the weekends.

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