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Origin Germany France
GroupCompanion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Affenpinscher have? The breed also known as...
Affen, Affie, African Terrier, Monkey Dog, Monkey Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Affenpinscher puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Affenpinscher, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Affenpinscher gets to a happy place.


Affenpinscher was breed in Germany, wherein the 1600s the intervene of the rodent population was used in pantries, grains, markets, and barns. Over time, they grew to their size and greeted them as their counterparts while keeping rodents and vermins still. Affenpinscher's origin is not completely documented. Many fanciers think that the German Pinscher was paired with Asian types to create flat-faced Affie. Although however of its descent, Affenpinscher has contributed to countless different tiny European varieties, including the Miniature Schnauzer furthermore the Brussels Griffon. Affens nearly disappeared under the Second World War. At the end of the war, experts crossed the Griffon Bruxellois with the overliving German livestock, which exaggerated the unique appearance that now ranks the breed.

In Cologne, the first Affen Club was founded in 1895. The German Bayerischer Schnauzer Club was established in 1907. The two clubs were united in 1923 and converted into a Pinscher-Schnauzer Club. In a short time, many breeders joined the Schnauzer-Pinscher Club. The Affen was registered in the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936. The dog breed is not the most popular for registered. Until the fifties, few people were interested in the breed. Nowadays it is still rare, although in 2002 it became more popular in the media when Ch Yarrow Super Nova won the Toy Group in 2002 at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.

General Appearance

What is the Affenpinscher's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Affenpinscher weigh?
7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
8 pounds (3.5 kg)
How tall is the Affenpinscher?
9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Affenpinscher have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Affenpinscher's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Affenpinscher and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Affenpinscher requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Affenpinscher is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Affenpinschers shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Affenpinschers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Affenpinschers could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.


What kind of personality does the Affenpinscher have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Affenpinscher?
Smart: Affenpinscher's intelligence is above average. Tricks and commands can be trained easily. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 70% of the time or better.
Are Affenpinschers easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Affenpinschers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Affenpinscher is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Affenpinschers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Affenpinschers are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Affenpinschers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Affenpinschers bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Affenpinscher rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Affenpinschers good watchdogs?
Affenpinschers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Affenpinschers will alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Affenpinschers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Affenpinscher can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Affenpinscher will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Affenpinscher has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Affenpinscher do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Affenpinschers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Affenpinschers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Affenpinscher to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Affenpinschers tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Affenpinscher have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Are Affenpinschers good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Affenpinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Affenpinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Affenpinschers are average friendly dogs towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Affenpinschers kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Affenpinschers are not kid-friendly dogs. This breed is not recommended for families with children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Affenpinschers get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Affenpinschers are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Affenpinschers get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Affenpinschers are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Affenpinschers have health problems?
Affenpinschers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Affenpinschers live? What is this dog average life span?
12-14 years
Is the Affenpinscher breed hypoallergenic?
Affenpinschers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Affenpinscher have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Affenpinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Affenpinschers require per day?
Affenpinschers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Affenpinschers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Affenpinscher need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Affenpinscher has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Affenpinscher's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Affenpinscher has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Affenpinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Affenpinscher could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Affenpinscher. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Affenpinscher: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Affenpinscher have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Affenpinscher have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-3 puppies


  • Hypoallergenic: Affenpinschers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Affenpinschers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Affenpinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Affenpinscher's intelligence is above average.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Affenpinscher rarely barks.
  • Watchdog Ability: Affenpinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Affenpinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: Affenpinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: Affenpinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.


  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Mouthiness: Affenpinschers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.

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  • Tester

    Jul 10, 2018, 7:52:57 PM:

    Suppper! :)