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Affenpinscher dog breed is a toy breed with terrier temperament. The breed originated in Germany but specific data about its exact origin is not available as it is one of the oldest toy breeds. German paintings dating back to the 15th century had pictures of dogs resembling Affenpinscher dogs.

These dogs are believed to have descended from Brussels Griffon breed dogs. In earlier times, these small yet sturdy dogs were kept in homes and at farms to get rid of rodents. These adorable little dogs were also kept as affectionate and entertaining family pets.


Physical Appearance

Bushy eyebrows, shaggy hair coat and an overall monkey-like facial structure and expression best describe the physical appearance of an Affenpinscher dog. The hair on face is usually longer than hair on the rest of the body.

They have large eyes that are round in shape and dark in color. The bite is slightly undershot with the lower jaw broad enough for the lower teeth to be even and straight. Activities like tail docking and ear cropping can be undertaken, however, they are not allowed in certain countries.

Color: Black is the most common color in these dogs. They are also available in black and tan, silver, grey and red colors.
Height: The average height of Affenpinscher dog breed is around 10 to 15 inches.
Weight: Both male as well as female Affenpinschers usually weigh about 7 to 8 pounds.


Health Problems

Affenpinscher dog breed is not considered suitable for hot weather. Extremely warm environment tends to cause respiratory problems in these dogs. Plus, these dogs are also susceptible to Patellar Luxation, Fractures, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Open Fontanel and other related health issues.

Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of these dogs is around 10 to 12 years.


Grooming Requirements

The harsh and wiry hair coat with a slightly curly undercoat requires regular brushing and combing about once or twice in a week’s time. As these dogs shed almost little to no hair, they need to be hand plucked or hand stripped. Clipping the hair coat is usually not recommended as it tends to damage the texture of the hair coat.

Affenpinscher grooming activities also include nail trimming, ear cleaning, eye cleaning, trimming the hair around the corners of the eyes (to avoid eye irritation) and other such activities. All in all, these dogs are easy to maintain as they require minimal grooming.



Affenpinscher temperament is courageous, lively, intelligent, inquisitive, stubborn, mischievous and playful. These dogs are usually friendly with children and compatible with other family pets, especially when introduced properly right at the beginning. They love to please their owners and enjoy their company.

Though characterized by quick learning ability still, due to their stubborn and dominating attitude, Affenpinscher dogs can be a difficult to train. Training methods should emphasize on consistency and firmness, carefully avoiding excessive repetition as these dogs tend to become bored quite easily.

Affenpinscher breed dogs make for good watchdogs. However, they generally like to apply their protective instincts for protecting their food and toys from small children.


Key Points

These lively dogs are fairly active indoors and hence do well in apartment situation even without yard. However, to fulfill their basic activity needs, Affenpinscher dogs need to be taken for walks on a daily basis. They also enjoy playing and running freely in open areas.

Lack of physical and mental stimulation can give rise to behavior problems thereby leading to obsessive barking, climbing and other such irritating activities. Besides, these dogs can not tolerate temperature extremes. Like other small sized dogs, Affenpinscher dogs are also difficult to housebreak.



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