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The Monkey Dog – Affenpinscher

Thursday, May 30th, 2013


The Affenpinscher (“Monkey Terrier,” in German) is a small dog, classified in the toy group, well known for its impish nature and wiry coat. The Affenpinscher typically comes in shades of beige, black, black and silver–and occasionally shades of red.

A brief history of the Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is considered to be one of the more historical or ancient dogs in the toy group. The breed originated in Central Europe and can be traced at least as far back as the 17th century. These types of small terriers were originally used in the stables or farms, where they were unofficial ‘ratters,’ who caught mice and other rodents. As toy dogs became more popular among the aristocracy, the Affenpinscher became house companions and continued to catch rodents–this time, however, in the boudoir instead of the stables.

Dog breeder historians believe that the Affenpinscher has had the most influence on the development of similar breeds of small, toy-sized dogs with rough, wiry coats; such as the miniature schnauzer and Brussels griffon.


The Affenpinscher is a small dog which typically between 9 1/2 and 11 1/2 inches in height at the shoulder; and between eight and 10 pounds at at a healthy adult weight. The Affenpinscher has round eyes, usually black, which do no protrude or bulge unlike other dogs in the toy group.Personality wise, the Affenpinscher is well known for its impish and mischievous behavior. They are intelligent dogs with distinctive personalities that make them an excellent choice for becoming a house pet; they can also be excellent family pets, if trained well, but they are not recommended for homes with small children because of their territorial tendencies. Because of their small size, they are a good choice for people living in apartments or smaller homes, as most of their exercise needs can be met indoors. a healthy adult weight. The Affenpinscher h

The coat of the Affenpinscher is typically short, wiry and coarse; colors are typically dark, such as full-black and full-brown coats, although the breed has also been known to have multi-colored coats as well. Some Affenpinschers even have red coats, although these are somewhat uncommon.

Did you know? Trivia

  • Munich, Germany became the center of Affenpinscher breeding in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Affenpinschers were bred down from larger terrier dogs so that they would be able to live in stables and farmhouses to catch rats and other pests.\
  • The dog has many nicknames, including: “The Imp Dog,” “The devil with the small mustache,” “The Monkey Dog,” and “Rat Catcher.”
  • The Affenpinscher is prone to hip dysplasiawhich is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can lead to arthritis and other complications.
  • They are notoriously territorial and may react with excitement and aggression if they feel threatened; for this reason, they are considered excellent watchdogs.
  • A common misconception about Affenpinschers is that they do not shed—although their hair tends to shed less than breeds of a similar size, they do in fact shed their wiry hair like all dogs do.