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Alternative Name

The Affenpinscher is affectionately known as the "Monkey Dog" or the "Moustached Little Devil."

Basic Info

Weighing in at a dainty 7 to 8 pounds (3-4 kg) and standing no taller than 11 inches (24-28 cm) at the withers, the Affenpinscher boasts a distinctive monkey-like expression. Its coat is rough and harsh, with a shaggier mane over the head and shoulders, transitioning into shorter fur over the back and hindquarters. While the FCI and UK breed standards stipulate a black coat, the AKC permits gray, silver, red, black and tan, and beige. Various clubs may have their own approved colorations, with black being the preferred choice.

Health While the Affenpinscher is generally healthy, like many breeds, it has predispositions to certain diseases, both genetic and otherwise. Luxating patellas are a common issue. Other known problems include legg-calve-perthes, patent ductus arteriosus, and hip dysplasia. Due to its small size, collapsed trachea is also a concern, which can be mitigated by using a harness instead of a collar during walks.

Behavior

Affenpinschers may share a terrier-like appearance, but they belong to the pinscher-schnauzer subgroup (group 2) in the FCI classification. They often get along well with other dogs and pets. These active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn dogs are also fun-loving and playful. They exhibit confidence, liveliness, and affection toward family members while being protective. This loyal breed enjoys family companionship but requires consistent, firm training, as housebreaking can be a challenge. Their training should be diverse to prevent boredom. Affenpinschers can be territorial about their toys and food, so they may not be the best choice for very small children. Despite their small size, they fearlessly defend against threats and are well-suited to families with a sense of humor who enjoy a show.

Origin

Germany

History

The Affenpinscher is of German origin, dating back to the 17th century. Its name is derived from the German word "affe," meaning "ape" or "monkey." Early Affenpinschers were slightly larger, around 12 to 13 inches, and came in various colors including gray, black, fawn, black and tan, gray and tan, and red, often with white markings on their feet and chest. These dogs were bred as skilled rat hunters, tasked with removing rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables. The Affenpinscher is considered an ancestor of the Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon) and Miniature Schnauzer breeds.