The Affenpinscher Dog

The Affenpinscher dog breed is a terrier like breed with long course hair.

They are good apartment dogs and can live about 10 to 12 years. They require minimal maintenance, a brushing once a week. The affenpinscher sheds very little if at all.


The Affenpinscher breed standard for weight is 7 to 8 pounds (3-4 kg) and not to exceed 10.25 inches (26-27 cm) in height at the withers. This dog has has bushy eyebrows and shaggy hair which makes it look almost like a monkey. The coat is harsh and wiry with a medium length. The referred color of the Affenpinscher is black with other acceptible colors being tan, red, and dark grey.


The Affenpinscher is an old European bred dog that is related to the terrier as well as the Brussels Griffon. It is belived the Affenpinscher’s original use was as a ratter and that the dog was much larger than it is today. As was the norm in Europe, it was eventually bred down to the current size.


These dogs are playful and inquisitive and make good apartment dogs since they can meet their exercise needs with indoor play. Like most small dogs, Affenpinschers require obedience training but also learn quickly and are quite smart. Affenpinschers do get along with children and other animals, but tend to protect their food and toys so care should be taken in this area.