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About Affenpinscher DogsAbout Affenpinscher Dogs

Affenpinscher dogs originated in the 17th century Germany and are one of the most ancient of the Toy Breeds or little dogs. “Afffe” is German for Monkey and Affenpinschers are known as a “Monkey Terrier” because they often have monkey-like expression on their face. In France they are known as the “little devil with a mustache”.

Affenpinscher Dogs had a significant influence in the development of several smaller rough-coated dogs in continental Europe, including the Miniature Schnauzers and the Brussels Griffon breeds.

Affenpinscher Dogs arrived in the United States sometime in the mid 1930's, and they were first recognized as an official breed by the AKC in 1936.Affenpinschers were originally created to be ratters – little dogs that removed rodents from stables, granaries, and kitchens. Today, their primary function is that of an amiable companion. They are generally a quiet dog, but are quick-witted, highly inquisitive, have a fearless demeanor and will not back down regardless of the size of a potential threat. This “little dog syndrome” is not recommended around very small children as they can also be quite territorial about their toys or food and can get very animated when threatened or attacked.


Affenpinschers Dogs are most closely compared to the terrier breed. They differ from terriers, however, in that they are actually more closely related to the pinscher-schnauzer dog breed. They weigh between 6.5 to 13.2 pounds and stands 9 to 12 inches tall.

Their coats are shaggy over their heads and shoulders, forming a mane; but a shorter coat over their back and hind quarters. Their harsh coat must never be clipped short as this can ruin it for many years.Their coats serve as protection in more extreme weather conditions.

Affenpinschers are typically black, however, they are also found in grey, silver, red, black and tan, and a mixture of red, brown, black and white hairs called belge. They are a low-shedding dog, however frequent grooming reduces the amount of hair in their environments.

Affenpinschers tend to live an average of 11 years, a bit less than most breeds their size.They do not do well in hot weather climates due to their very short faces. Sometimes breathing problems may arise, so they must be kept in an air conditioned home.

Sometimes Affenpinscher Dogs can be difficult to housebreak and need consistent, varied, and firm training, as they have a very strong personality. They are a very loyal breed, but are also active, curious, and sometimes stubborn. They can also be fun-loving, playful and protective, making them a very loyal dog.

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