Description: This breed is characterized by its monkey-ish expression. Affenpinschers shows great loyalty and affectionate toward its masters and friends. These dogs require firm but loving guidance, for it can be obstinate. This breed is an alert, fearless and inquisitive. General demeanor is game, alert, and inquisitive with great loyalty and affection toward its master and friends. If there are visitors who are not known by an Affenpinscher, it may refuse to let them in unless there.s plenty of assurance.
The breed is generally quiet, but can become vehemently excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless toward any aggressor.
Height: 10 inches
Weight: 7 - 8 lbs.
Colors: Preferable black, but gray shading is permissible.
Coat: Rough and thick.
Temperament: Alert, quite, inquisitive and non-argumentative.
With Children: Yes, will get along well with children but is not recommended for families with small children.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Vermin destroyer, watchdog, and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Exercise: Brushing two to three times a week. Ear, tooth, and nail care are required weekly. Requires very little exercise. Walks or access to a secured yard where he can play for hours.
Training: Obedience training should begin at a very early age.
Learning Rate: Medium - High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: Apartment or country, great companion for people with limited physical activity.
Health Issues: Usually very healthy. Good grooming will prevent skin and coat problems. He has fine bones and should never jump off of furniture. Special care for his teeth. Susceptible to eye ulcers and infections.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 2 - 3
Country of Origin: Germany
History: Little is know about the origins of the Affenpinschers. He can be traced back to the 1600, though some say he is an ancestor of the Brussels Griffon. He was once a prized possession of royalty and made his way into a few paintings by Old Masters.