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Affenpinscher Dog – Dog Breeds Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 6 to 9 pounds
Height: 9 to 11 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt an Affenpinscher Dog, Dog Breeds Guide


The Affenpinscher is one of the popular toy dog breeds today. These little cuties are known for being “corky”, scruffy and goofy. Affenpinscher dogs can be considered tiny balls of spunky-ness. Of all the toy dog breeds, Affens are considered to be total goof balls! Getting an Affenpinscher is getting a dog that loves to goof around! The goofiness is not just seen in their personality. It can also be seen in their appearance!

The Affenpinscher is naturally goofy. Its goofiness make it a stand out among all other dog breeds.  The dog’s name literally means “monkey terrier” in German. It was derived from a German word that translates to “monkey-like mouth”. Of all the terrier dog breeds, Affens have prominent facial features. These dogs have protruding jaws and lower lips. It makes them look like monkeys. Goofy and adorable “monkey terriers” of the tog dog breeds family!

Official Name

The Affenpinscher dog breed is also fondly called the Affen.


Date – 17th Century
Country – Germany
Family / Group: Terrier, Toy

Recognized By:
America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


When you adopt an Affenpinscher, you adopt a rich history of a certified pedigree. This is one of the oldest dog breeds that can trace its roots during the 17th century. It is also one of the dog breeds that originated in Europe. The Affenpinscher was originally developed as a farm dog. This is one of the few toy dog breeds that was initially bred to flush out the rodents! Today, the Affenpinscher is bred smaller and is actually one of the most popular home companion pet of choice. The modern day Affenpinscher is among the dog breeds that were refined by crossing with other pedigrees.  The Pug, Silky Pinscher and the smooth-haired German Pinscher are the other dog breeds added to the Affen’s bloodline.

The Affenpinscher also helped spawn other  toy breeds. Most of these toy dog breeds are wire-haired. The Brussels Griffon and the Miniature Schnauzer are some of the breeds that were developed from the Affens.


Adopting an Affenpinscher is adopting one of the smallest dog breeds. Affens are also famous for having an endearing and fearless disposition. Like most toy dogs, the tiny Affen thinks that it is big. They do not have the slightest idea on how small they really are. Aptly named, this monkey terrier love to monkey around. They can be a bit too playful and often mischievous.

Bred For

Originally, the Affenpinscher was bred to be a small vermin hunter and then lately as a lapdog. Today it is a popular pet companion.


The little Affenpinscher is perfect for apartment living. This toy dog breed is sensitive to temperature extremes and will experience extreme discomfort on hot climates.


Affens will require grooming two times a week.


Start training young! Affenpinscher pups are notoriously tough to housebreak!


If you do choose to adopt an Affenpinscher, make sure you understand all the possible health issues that typically plague toy dog breeds in general. Affenpinscher dogs are generally healthy, but health problems concerning sight and breathing can occur. Their tiny frames are also prone to fractures, PDA or patent ductus arteriosus, slipped stifle and other respiratory problems brought by a hot climate. The common ailments seen on the Affenpinscher include bone fractures, legg perthes disease and patellar luxation. Hydrocephalus, conjunctivitis, corneal wound or trauma are also common to occur on this breed.


The Affenpinscher require daily exercise. The length of exercise and play sessions should be reasonable to his small size. Every exercise should be supervised to prevent accidents to their fracture prone frame.