The Affenpinscher is a tiny terrier type of the Miniature and Toy Dog Breeds.
Considered one of the non-shedding dog breeds and non-allergenic dog breeds.
Called the “Monkey Dog” because of it’s monkey-like expression.
Origin was in Germany. Bred to catch rats. Affe means monkey in German.
Great mouser and watchdog.
Became housepet in 18th century
Admitted to AKC in 1936
First entered into the Westminster Dog Show in 1938.
At Westminster Dog Show – has won 1st one time, 2nd one time, 3rd one time and 4th three times.
Lifespan 10-12 years
7-9 pounds 11″ at shoulders
Shaggy, long coat that is all over the place
Black or gray in color
Fun-loving, playful, affectionate toward family members, but protective, active, stubborn, confident and curious.
Can be difficult to housebreak.
Becomes bored easily; constant training helps keep them busy.
Has a sense of humor.
Will guard their food and toys.
Tends not to back down from larger dogs or strangers.
Not particulary recommended for very young children because they tend to be territorial towards their toys and food.
Affenpinscher Special Needs:
Needs to be kept busy as they tend to bore easily. Provide plenty of quality dog toys and play and exercize time.
Sensitive to extreme cold.
Affenpinscher Potential Health Issues:
No major health problems