Affenpinscher Dog Breed Information

Affenpinscher Quick Facts
Breed Group:

Origen: Germany, France
Nickname: Monkey-Terrier
Weight: 7-9 lbs
Height: 9-11.5 inches
Color(s): Black, gray, silver, or black and tan

Affenpinscher Appearance

The Affenpinscher is a balanced, wiry- shaggy haired terrier whose intelligence and demeanor make it a good house pet. Originating in Germany, the name Affenpinscher means: "monkey-like terrier”. It’s a sturdy, compact dog with medium bone, not delicate in any way. His Weigh between 7 to 9 pounds (3-4 kg) and not exceeding 11 inches (24-30 cm) in height. The Affenpinscher has harsh rough coat and a monkey-like expression (Affe means monkey in German). It is harsh and wiry in texture, their coat is usually black, but they also come in gray, silver, red or tan.

Affenpinscher Temperament

General demeanor is game alert, and inquisitive with great loyalty and affection toward its master and friends. The breed is generally quiet, but can become vehemently excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless toward any aggressor. It needs consistent, firm training because some can be quite difficult to housebreak. The training should be varied because the dog can easily become bored. The Affenpinscher has a terrier like personality. Affenpinschers are somewhat territorial when it comes to their toys and food, so they are not recommended for very small children. It is best suited for a family who likes a show and has a sense of humor.

Is Affenpinscher the Right Dog Breed for You?

Affenpinschers have a fun-loving, sometimes mischievous, personality. Their intelligence, appearance and attitude make them a good house pet, but children should always be taught how to properly handle the dog. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment. They are very active indoors and most of their exercise needs can be met with indoor play, but they enjoy daily walks.

Affenpinscher Mortality

A small sample of Affenpinschers in a UK survey had a median lifespan of 11.4 years, which is a typical lifespan for a purebred dog, but a bit lower than most breeds of their size. The most common causes of death were old age (24%), urologic (19%), and "combinations" (14%).Some are prone to fractures, slipped stifle, pda, open fontanel and respiratory problems in hot weather.

Affenpinscher Health problems

The Affenpinscher is prone to hip dysplasia. As with many small breeds of dog they are prone to collapsed trachea, which is best avoided by walking the dog with a harness instead of a collar. Cataracts are occasionally reported.

Affenpinscher Care and Grooming

Affenpinshers adjust well to apartment life, but need regular exercise. They can get their exercise indoors by playing with their toys and their owners. They really burst with energy outdoors and is recommended that they take regular walks. They enjoy wide open spaces, and with their inquisitive nature, will naturally burn off their energy. You should brush the coat once or twice a week to keep in good condition. Brushing also helps to keep the coat looking tidy. For show dogs the coat may need to be stripped every few months, where the dead coat is stripped off. The coat may also require some clipping to keep in looking its best.

Affenpinscher Shedding

Affenpinschers often appears on lists of dogs that allegedly do not shed .However, every hair shaft in the dog coat grows from a hair follicle. Each shaft has a cycle of growing, then dying and being replaced by another shaft. When the hair shaft dies, the hair is shed. The length of time of the growing and shedding cycle varies by breed, age, and by whether the dog is an inside or outside dog.