Affenpinscher: Breed Information

affenpinscher breed information

Affenpinscher, also known as monkey terrier, is a breed of dog of the family of the pinschers. Their name comes from the German word Affe, which means monkey.

Find out more about the Affenpinscher Dog Breed in this post. 

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affenpinscher breed information

Affenpinscher Breed Summary

Group: Toy/ Companion Dog

Country of Origin:  Germany

Weight: 6.5-13.2 pounds (2.9-6 Kg)

Height: 9 – 12 inches (23-30 cm)

Color: Pure black with a black undercoat

Amount of shedding: Low

Lifespan: 12-14 years


This monkey-like appearance dog is German in origin. The breed is the ancestor from the Griffon Bruxellois and Miniature Schnauzer.  Affenpinscher used to hunt rats in homes and farms. Its size downed over the years, but its instinct remains.


This dog has a big personality. He is an active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn dog. He gets along well with other dogs and other pets but doesn’t like hamsters and gerbils.  This breed enjoys being with his family but does not enjoy being hugged, squeezed, or chased.

 Even though he is a loyal and loving dog, he is very territorial so they are not recommended for homes with small children.

General Appearance

The Affenpinscher is a rough-haired, small dog with a monkey-like expression.  Its body coat is harsh and dense, with thick eyebrows, and the hair on its head is hard and messy.


The affenpinscher’s wiry coat needs overall grooming twice a week, and a trimming every few months.


The Affenpinscher is an ideal dog for small spaces.  The breed is moderately active, and he needs exercise. A quick walk twice a day can be enough.


The recommended amount of food is ¼ to ½ cups of quality dry dog food, divided into two meals a day. This amount varies by the dog’s size, age, and activity level, and will change throughout its lifespan.

Common Health problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Cataracts
  • Urologic problems

Curious Facts about the Affenpinscher

  • The Affenpinscher is a rare breed
  • They hunt rats and other small pets
  • In German Affenpinscher means monkey dog
  • The French describe the affenpinscher as the “diablotin moustachu” or “mustached little devil” (Source-Hillpets).

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