Affenpinscher

Popularity
136

Breed Information

Affen
Affie
Monkey Dog

Germany

Toy

Small

Dog

12-14 years

10 - 15 inches (25 - 38 cm)

7-8 pounds (3-3.36kg)

Black
Black & Tan
Belge
Red
Gray

Overview

The affenpinscher is square-proportioned, compact and sturdy, with medium bone. It is a smaller version of a working terrier, and as such is not a delicate dog. This is an active, tough dog that is agile enough to catch and dispatch rats and mice. Its gait is light, sound and confident. The affenpinscher has a monkeylike facial expression with long eyebrows and beard, which lends it an air of comic seriousness. This breed's rough coat is about 1 inch long on its body and somewhat longer on its head, neck, chest, stomach and legs. The coat type provided protection from vermin and harsh conditions.

The affenpinscher lives up to its name - "monkey terrier" - in both looks and actions. A terrier at heart, it is busy, inquisitive, bold and stubborn, but it also loves to monkey around, being playful and mischievous. It tends to bark and even climb. Unlike most terriers, it is fairly good with other dogs and pets. This little dog is best with a family that likes entertainment and has a very good sense of humor.

History

The Affenpinscher originated in Germany, with examples of the breed dating back to the seventeenth century. The name "Affenpinscher" is derived from the German word for monkey ('Affe'). Affenpinschers were established to hunt and eliminate rodents, leading to their high activity level and energetic demeanor.

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability
Apartment Friendly
Barking Tendencies
Occassional
Cat Friendly
Child Friendly
Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.
Dog Friendly
Exercise Needs
Grooming
High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog&#39,s coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance.
Health Issues
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence
Ranking: #37
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly
Trainability
Moderately Easy Training: Training won&#39,t require too much attention and effort, though it won&#39,t be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability