Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: To rid the kitchens, granaries, and stables of rodents.
AKC recognized: 1936
AKC group: Toy
Weight: 7 to 10 lbs
Size: Height: 9½ to 11½ inches
Color: Black, gray, silver, red, black and tan, or beige. Some dogs may have black masks.
Life span: 10 to 16 years
General characteristics/temperament: The Affenpinscher is often described as a dog of small stature with a big attitude. They are exuberant, lively, playful, charming, alert, and inquisitive with great loyalty and affection toward their master and friends. They are generally quiet, but can become vehemently excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless toward any aggressor. They are very intelligent, but are usually stubborn and can be difficult to train. They are eager to learn and to please, but get bored easily, so do better with short and varied training sessions. They can also be notoriously difficult to housebreak. Most Affenpinschers have tendencies for erratic, nervous reactions to stimuli, but this varies greatly between individuals even within the same littler. Socialization with people is very important for this breed.
Good with children? Yes as long as they are treated with respect, but usually not with small children.
Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? Most Affenpinschers need to be taugh not to chase cats.
Good watchdog? Yes
OK for inexperienced owners? No
OK in apartments? Possible but only if you can provide adequate exercise.
Easy to train? No
Energy/Activity Level: High
Suitable canine sports/activities: agility
Exercise requirement: Daily leash walk and regular indoor or outdoor play sessions.
Grooming requirement: Brush and comb weekly, groom periodically. Show dogs are hand-stripped, while most pet dogs are groomed with scissors and clippers. Considered a low shedding breed.
Known health problems: Patellar luxation, cariac problems (including PDA, prolapsed mitral valve, and cardiomyopathy), Legg-Perthes disease, hip dysplasia, oligdontia, hernias, hypothyroidism, sebaceous cysts, early-onset cataracts, corneal ulcerations, von Willebrand disease, collapsed trachea.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Affenpinscher Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Page Last Updated: February 1, 2018