Affenpinscher, monkey dog or monkey terrier is a true terrier dog breed in spirit. Affenpinschers are generally quiet little dogs but may be spunky and fearless in the face of aggression.

Is affenpinscher a good family dog?

The Affenpinscher is loyal to his adult family members and can be a great companion for a family with older children. Its wiry and hypoallergenic fur is considered cleaner than other dogs.affenpinscher_toy-dog

Where did the affenpinscher originate from?

Germany. Affenpinscher, also called monkey terrier, breed of toy dog known since the 17th century. It is thought to have originated in Germany, where it was bred to be a ratter – to kill rats, mice, and other small vermin. Like other terriers, it is lively and playful.

Is an affenpinscher hypoallergenic?

Yes, the Affenpinscher is considered as a hypoallergenic dog breed. While the fur of an Affenpinscher is wiry and is often considered hypoallergenic, this is not to be mistaken with “non-shedding.” All dogs shed or produce dander. Do you suffer from allergies? Here is a list of hypoallergenic breeds.

Is the affenpinscher good with kids? Like most terrier-type dogs, the Affenpinscher is proud and sensitive and does not take kindly to being teased. This breed is happiest in a home without young children. An Affenpinscher may be right for you. An Affenpinscher may not be right for you.

How much does an affenpinscher puppy cost?

The cost to adopt an Affenpinscher is around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, buying Affenpinschers from breeders can be prohibitively expensive. Depending on their breeding, they usually cost anywhere from $800-$2,000.Affenpinscher puppy

Does the affenpinscher shed a lot?

They do not a lot. But affenpinschers do shed a little. Although they are in the hypoallergenic category of dog breeds, affenpinschers do indeed shed. While Affenpinschers require little grooming, it is advised that their coats be stripped on a regular basis.

How long does an affenpinscher live?

Affenpinscher’s Life span is 12 to 14 years.

Choosing a good affenpinscher puppy

Definition of the best affenpinscher puppy depends on your requirements. Your expectations from an adult affenpinscher can be broadly categorised as follows: Confirmation for show or breeding; obedience; smart guard or watch dog; homely pet.

Although it is tempting to look for all these quality in the one affenpinscher puppy you are planning to buy, it is almost never possible to find all qualities in a single pup.

If you want your affenpinscher puppy to grow up to be a champion, you should look for confirmation to affenpinscher breed standards. Physical construction, head, proportions, bite, etc are all a priority over temperament. Look for the following characteristics while choosing a affenpinscher puppy.

Affenpinscher General Appearance

The Affenpinscher is a balanced little wiry haired-like toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor makes it a good house pet. Originating in Germany, where the name Affenpinscher means “monkey-like terrier”, the breed was developed to rid the kitchens, granaries and stables of rodents. In France the breed is described as the “diablotin moustachu” or the moustached little devil. Both these names help to describe the appearance and attitude of this delightful breed. When evaluating the breed, the total overall appearance of the Affenpinscher is more important than any individual characteristic.



Affenpinscher Temperament

The general demeanor of the Affenpinscher 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.

Affenpinscher Size and Proportion

The Affenpinscher is a sturdy, compact little dog with medium bone and is not delicate in any way. The height at the withers is between 9 inches and 11-1/2 inches, with 10-1/4 inches being the ideal. The height at the withers is approximately the same as the length of the body from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks giving a square appearance. The female may be slightly longer.

Head: The head is in proportion to the body, carried confidently upright with a monkey-like facial expression. Eyes: Full, round, dark, brilliant, and of medium size in proportion to the head but not bulging or protruding. The eye rims are black. Ears: Either cropped to a point, set high and standing erect, or natural, standing erect, semi-erect or dropped. All types of ears, if symmetrical, are acceptable as long as the monkey-like expression is maintained. Skull: Round and domed but not coarse. Stop: Well defined. Muzzle: Short and narrowing slightly to a blunt nose. The length of the muzzle is approximately the same as the distance between the eyes. Nose: Not obviously turned up or down, with black pigmentation. Lips: Black in color with the lower lip more prominent. Bite: Undershot with the lower teeth closing closely in front of the upper teeth. A level bite is acceptable if the monkey-like expression is maintained. The teeth and tongue do not show when the mouth is closed. The lower jaw is broad enough for the lower teeth to be straight and even.

Affenpinscher Neck, Topline and Body

Neck: Short and straight with upright carriage. Topline: Straight and level. Body: The chest is rather broad and deep; the ribs are moderately sprung. The underline is slightly tucked up at the loin. The back is short and straight. The loin is short and only slightly tucked. The croup has just a perceptible curve before the tail. The tail is either docked or left natural. When docked the tail is generally between 1 inch and 3 inches long; set high and carried erect. When natural the tail is carried curved gently up over the back while moving. The type of tail is not a major consideration.

Affenpinscher Forequarters

The front angulation is moderate. Shoulders: With moderate layback and flexible enough to allow free front action. The lengths of the upper arm and the forearm are about equal. Elbows: Close to the body. Front Legs: Straight when viewed from the front. Front Pasterns: Relatively short and straight. Dewclaws: Generally removed. Feet: Small, round and compact with black pads and nails.

Affenpinscher Hindquarters

The rear angulation is moderate. Hind Legs: Straight when viewed from behind. When viewed from the side they are set under the body to maintain a square appearance. The lengths of the upper thigh and the second thigh are about equal. Stifle: Moderate angulation. Hock Joint: Moderate angulation; straight when viewed from behind. Rear Pasterns: Short and straight. Dewclaws: Generally removed. Feet: Small, round and compact with black pads and nails.

Affenpinscher Coat

The hair is dense, rough, harsh textured and approximately 1 inch in length on the shoulders, body and back, but may be shorter on the rear and tail in contrast to the longer, shaggier and less harsh hair on the head, neck, chest, stomach and legs. At maturity the neck and chest coat may grow longer to form a cape. The longer hair on the head, eyebrows and beard stands off and frames the face to emphasize the monkey-like expression. The hair on the ears is usually cut very short. The correct coat needs little grooming to blend the shorter hair into the longer hair to maintain a neat but shaggy appearance.

Black Affenpinscher

Black Affenpinscher

Grey Silver Affenpinscher

Grey/Silver Affenpinscher

Black and tan affenpinscher

Black and tan Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher Colors

Black, grey/silver, or black and tan – with symmetrical markings, or red varying from a brownish red to an orangey tan. Some blacks may have a rusty cast or have white or silver hairs mixed in the coat and furnishings. Some reds have black, brown, and/or white hairs mixed in the coat with tan furnishings. With the various colors, the furnishings may be a bit lighter and some may have black masks. A small white spot or fine line of white hairs on the chest is not penalized, but large white patches are undesirable. Color is not a major consideration.

Is there a white affenpinscher?Affenpinscher-colors

No! Affenpinscher colors – beige, red, grey, tan, silver, black.

Affenpinscher Gait

The Affenpinscher has a light, sound, balanced, confident gait and tends to carry itself with comic seriousness. When viewed from the front or rear while walking, the legs move parallel to each other. While trotting, the feet will converge toward a midline depending on the speed.

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  1. Affenpinscher is German – “Affe” for monkey and “Pinscher” for a terrier.

    Monkey Dogs or Affenpinscher dog breed just adore hanging around home, in get-togethers and shops. Their size is not considerable and they are seen as the best women companions.

    These dogs are so proactive and enthusiastic even though they are small in size. They are equally attractive and brave – so adorable.

    They are born to travel around and explore and for that reason, they adapt quickly to new environments. Even that they are small in size and have a great sense of kindness, they are also daring and cautious, thus being fearless and excellent watchdogs.

    They are typically calm and noiseless, though, when they are excited and alerted, they do not easily calm down. They are unquestionably territorial animals – protecting everything that is theirs: the family, the owner, the yard and everything else, besides – if they feel someone getting close to their belongings, they can easily become furious and bark a lot.

    They are naturally stubborn dogs, but when they get the proper training exercises, they, without a problem, can learn respect towards the owner.

    It is important not to get the wrong association of stubbornness with an impoliteness or vulgarity, as they are very caring dogs – ready to obey and learn new techniques from the owner.

    Something to keep in mind when planning to have a Monkey Dog is that they do not easily get friendly with kids – sometimes they can even bite them if they consider they are being provoked.

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