Origin Germany
Classification Toy
Height 25-38cm / 10-15in
Weight 3-4kg / 7-9lb
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Exercise Low
Easily Trainable Medium
Watchdog Good
Good with Children Yes
Good with Other Animals Yes
Indoor / Outdoor Living Indoor
Grooming Twice weekly
Feeding Normal diet
Size Small

Affenpinscher Description

The Affenpinscher is a small dog with a shaggy coat; it has a rounded head with prominent round eyes that are dark in colour. It acquired the nickname ‘Monkey Dog’ due to its monkey like expressions. Its body is quite square in shape with the length of the body being slightly longer than the height of the body. It has a blunt muzzle and long, wiry looking facial hair. The jaw is undershot and therefore protrudes below the dog’s short muzzle. The neck is fairly short and arched; the limbs are well boned and straight. The Affenpinscher’s tail is carried high. It is most commonly observed in black but colour variations also include silver, grey, brown and black with tan.

Affenpinscher Character

What the Affenpinscher lacks in stature it certainly makes up for in its character. It is very similar to a terrier and is always exceptionally busy, playful, mischievous and confident. Affenpinschers are very alert little dogs making them the perfect watchdog, they are also very intelligent but couple this with their stubborn, independent side and you have a dog that can be tricky to train. They require a firm but kind hand. The breed does not appreciate temperature extremes and needs to be kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Affenpinschers are very loyal dogs and are perfect for the family with slightly older children due to them being fairly possessive over their toys and food, making them unsuitable for very young children. Although their exercise level is low Affenpinschers enjoy a lot of interaction and ball chasing games played indoors.

Please note: This is only a guide.

You must contact a breeder club, read relevant literature and even contact vets to understand the full requirements of this breed.

Please ensure your lifestyle, home and family are suited to this particular breed and you fully understand the requirements needed to give the dog the life it deserves.