Dog Breed Profiles

Affenpinscher

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Dog Breed Group
Toy Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany in the 1600's to hunt rodents 
Life Expectancy
14 - 15 years 
Color
Usually Black, but can be black/tan, red, gray and other 
Coat
Short and Wiry, with bushy eyebrows and a beard 
Exercise Needs
Low. Requires very little exercise. Walks or access to a secured yard where he can play for hours. 
Temperament
General demeanor is tame, alert, and inquisitive with great loyalty and affection toward its master and friends. The breed is ge 
Good with Children
Yes, will get along well with children but is not recommended for families with small children. 
Grooming Needs
Brushing two to three times a week. Ear, tooth, and nail care are required weekly. 
Average Size - Male (in)
9 - 11.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
9 - 11.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
7 - 8 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
7 - 8 
Health Issues
Usually very healthy. Good grooming will prevent skin and coat problems. He has fine bones and should never jump off of furniturv
Living Conditions
Apartment or country, great companion for people with limited physical activity. 

Breed Description

Very little historical material on this breed exists. The breed was developed in Germany as revealed by his name. He was slightly larger in size than is currently the case and was used as a ratter in stables and on farms. Some say that it is the ancestor of the Brussels griffon, although there is no proof of this. With their similarities it is possible that they are related.He was once a prized possession of royalty and made his way into a few paintings by Old Masters. The affenpinscher stands 26 cm (10 inches) or less and weighs 3 to 3.5 kg (7 to 8 pounds). A sturdily built, terrier-like dog, it has small, erect ears, round black eyes, and a short, docked tail. Its wiry, preferably black coat is short on parts of the body but longer on the legs and on the face, where it produces the monkey-like expression for which the breed is named.

Breed Infobits

  • The Affenpinscher can make an excellent watch-dog and bravely defends its territory.
  • The Affenpinscher is otherwise known as the 'Monkey Dog'.
  • The Affenpinscher was first used to hunt rodents.

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