Breed Summary

The Affenpinscher, or monkey terrier, was so named for its unusual facial appearance, particularly its large, dark eyes, and protruding lower jaw and lip. It is a small, balanced, wiry-haired, toy-type dog, and has a domed skull, short muzzle, and ears that are cropped to a point. This is a sturdy, broad-chested, compact dog with medium bone. The head is carried confidently upright and is in proportion to the body. Their eyes are full, round, dark, and brilliant. The neck is short and straight. The tail can be either docked or curved naturally. This breed is generally quiet but can become excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless toward any aggressor.


The Affenpinscher require high-quality dog food for their growth and development. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior) with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Some senior dogs are prone to overweight which requires more attention. Clean, freshwater needs to supply all the time.


Affenpinschers are courageous, bold, and often feisty. Basic obedience training is recommended. They are very much outgoing and easy for training. Affenpinschers are independent-minded and can be stubborn. Shorter, more frequent sessions with a trainer are perfect for training.


These Affenpinschers are classified as “moderately active” breed and they do need exercise. They prefer human companion and their small size makes them an ideal apartment dog. They require a brisk walk once or twice a day.

Health care

Like other shorter-faced breeds, Affenpinschers may develop certain health conditions such as luxating patella, heart anomalies, vision problems, and hip dysplasia. They often experience breathing problems during hot weather if they are permitted to overheat

  • Country of Origin: Germany

  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 148 of 196

  • AKC Classification: Toy Group

  • UKC Classification: Companion Dog

  • Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

  • Height: Female: 9-10 inches; Male: 9-11.5 inches

  • Weight: Female: 7-9 pounds; Male: 7-10 pounds

  • Energy Level: Very energetic

  • Tendency to Drool: Low

  • Tendency to Snore: Low

  • Tendency to Bark: High

  • Tendency to Dig: Low

  • Social/Attention Needs: High

  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

  • Physical traits: Small, Sturdy, Compact, Wiry-haired

  • Personality traits/Temperament: Confident, Famously Funny, Fearless, Quiet

  • Coat Length: Medium

  • Characteristics: Hard coat, dense

  • Colors: Black, Tan, Grey, Silver, Belge, Red

  • Tendency to Shed: Low

  • Coat Less Allergenic: Yes

  • Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Fun fact

The French describe the Affenpinscher as the “diablotin moustachu” or “mustached little devil” and the German word Affenpinscher means “monkeylike terrier.”


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