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The Affenpinscher has been
known in Europe since at least the sixteenth
century and is quite often referred to as
a 'mischievous little monkey'. The name of
this breed has been translated to monkey dog,
monkey-like terrier and monkey mutt. Initially,
its role was that of a ratter used in kitchens,
granaries, barns and stables, but then later
became quite popular and desired by film stars
and socialites. They were even depicted in
artwork. While small in size, the Affenpinscher
is a sturdy and confident breed which shows
no fear toward any aggressor. The breed which
originated in Germany predates and is ancestral
to the Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon)
and Miniature Schnauzer. The American Kennel
Club recognized the Affenpinscher in 1936
and today it remains among the rarest of the
The height for an Affenpinscher is between
9 1/2" to 11 1/2" (24.1 - 29.2cm)
The weight for an Affenpinscher is between
7 to 9 lbs (3-4 kg)
Type: The Affenpinscher's
coat is dense, rough, harsh and wiry. The
coat measures about 1' on the shoulders and
body and may be shorter on the rear and tail.
The hair on the head, shoulders, chest, stomach
and legs is shaggier and less coarse. The
Affenpinscher is known to have a monkey-like
appearance due to the way the longer hair
on its head and eyebrows frames the face.
Grooming is minimal in order to keep the various
lengths blended and while shaggy, it still
has a neat appearance. The hair on the ears
is cut very short.
FCI and UK breed standards
specify the Affenpinscher's coat must be black.
However, AKC accepts black, gray, silver,
red, black and tan, or belge (a mixture of
red, black and white hairs). Blacks may have
a rusty cast or a few white or silver hairs
mixed with the black. Red Affenpinschers may
vary from a brownish red to an orangey tan.
The presence of a small white spot on an Affenpinscher's
chest is not penalized, however, larger white
patches are considered undesirable.
The Affenpinscher is active, curious, playful
and a loving companion. They can also be stubborn;
therefore, firm and consistent training is
necessary. They are loyal, affectionate and
protective toward family members. If threatened
or attacked, they can become overly excited
and show no fear toward any aggressor. Because
they are territorial over their food and toys,
they're generally not suited for small children.
Problems:The average life
span of an Affenpinscher is between 12 and
14 years. Health concerns include: tracheal
collapse, hip dysplasia, Von Perthes Disease
and Luxating or Slipping Patella.
Interest: These entertaining
dogs can be found in the works of Durer, Eyck
and Charles Verlat. The Affenpinscher was
also portrayed in Auguste Renoir's paintings.
In the late 1800s, this delightful breed became
desired by famous film stars and socialites.
They were also featured on postcards. Mrs.
Evalyn Walsh McLean, owner of the Hope Diamond
between 1911 and 1947, favored her Affenpinschers
so much it was rumored she often attached
the famed Diamond to their collar!
AKC: Group 5 - Toy
KC: Toy Group
ANKC: Group 1 - Toy