Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a fun-sized Terrier with bushy eyebrows, a moustache and a cheeky-monkey expression. You might say they look a little like an Ewok! They have a shaggy, uneven length coat that is shorter on the rump and tail and longer on the head, neck, chest, stomach and legs. They are lively and spirited dogs.

 

 

Other Names
Affen
Country of Origin
Germany
Colour
The Affenpinscher is generally black. They may have some grey, silver, tan and red markings around the face and chest.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
The Affenpinscher typically measures between 24 - 28cms and weighs between 2.5 - 4kgs.
Health
Due to the dog's small size, broken bones can be a potential problem. This can be avoided by always supervising while exercising. Aside from this the Affenpinscher has very few breed specific disorders which can be easily reduced by buying from reputable breeders.
Life Span
10 - 12 years
Intelligence
Affens are confident, intelligent dogs who love to protect their family. They are affectionate, curious and easily excitable dogs who love to spend time around people. Training needs to begin early as they can develop stubborn behaviour.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

These dogs have no special dietary requirements and generally have good appetites. If care is not taken, Affens have a tendency to overeat and become overweight.

Feeding Cost
Up to $5
Other Cost
None to note
Excercise
This breed loves to be active and needs to be exercised daily. These little pocket rockets enjoy playing games to exercise their intelligence.
Ailments
Due to the dog's small size, broken bones can be a potential problem. This can be avoided by always supervising while exercising. Aside from this the Affenpinscher has very few breed specific disorders which can be easily reduced by buying from reputable breeders.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The Affenpinscher’s shaggy coat means this breed naturally looks a little scruffy so grooming is not a big deal A good brush every now and then to remove debris and loose hairs and regular checks to their eyes, ears and teeth is all that is necessary. 

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Little
Originating in Germany in the seventeenth century, these little terriers were bred to rid stables and shops of mice. Eventually, the Affen was bred to be smaller to live as a companion dog. This breed is an ancestor of the Griffon Belge and Griffon Bruxellosis, making it the first of the monkey face dogs.


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