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Originating in Germany and one of the oldest toy breeds, the affenpinscher, or ” monkey dog”, was well known on the European continent as far back as the seventeenth century. The Affenpinscher arrived in the U.S. In 1930 and was recognized by the A.K.C. (American Kennel Club ) in their Stud book, and dog show classification in 1936.

The Affenpinscher is a black, very shaggy, little dog, with a height of 9.5-11 inches and weighing 7-8 pounds. But he is not a delicate little dog, with wiry hair growing short and dense over its body, but longer around its eyes, mouth and chin. The chin has a tuft growing from it, and this combined with the long hair sprouting from all directions from its face, has earned it the title, “monkey dog.”

Usually a quiet and well behaved dog, the Affenpinscher is a real character. Small it may be, but quite fearless, watchful, and aggressive in protecting its family!

Anyone wanting a small, lively, intelligent and courageous companion, this little dog will bring a lot of pleasure to their life, a breed for town and country lifestyle.

A fiery little dog, alert, fearless, bold, highly intelligent, Affenpinschers are able to learn commands and tricks quickly. Usually quiet in his home he is affectionate and very loyal to his family!


  • A good family dog
  • Wonderful companion and family dog
  • Excels as a watch dog
  • Recommended for novice owners
  • Very light shedder
  • Needs little exercise
  • Generally good with other pets
  • Loves everyone, but prefers older children


  • Needs regular grooming
  • Not recommended for young children
  • Prone to fractures and patella luxation and
  • Suffer from respiratory problems.
  • Must have daily physical activity and mental
  • Stimulation
  • Can be difficult to housebreak
  • Gets bored easily

By: Linda Eastabrooks
Former AKC Breeder

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