The Affenpinscher is a terrier type breed that originated in Cenral Europe, specifically Munich, Germany and France. The name Affenpinscher translates from German into Monkey Terrier.
It is one of the oldest breeds in the Toy Group. During the 17th century they were kept on farms and stores to serve as ratters and in the home to keep mice out of the mistresses' boudoirs.
It is an energetic little dog with the face and impishness of a monkey. They strut around with all the confidence of a larger dog. Their small size makes them a good dog for city and apartment dwellers. They are active indoors and can most of their exercise inside.
Like many toy dog breeds, the Affenpinscher can be difficult to housetrain.
Because of their heritage as ratters, Affenpinschers tend to not do well with rodent pets such as hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, etc. They do, however, tend to get along with fellow dogs in the household and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they're raised with them.
The Affenpinscher is a rare breed. Be prepared to spend time on a waiting list if you're interested in acquiring one.
The Affen is affectionate and curious, always on the alert. He's loyal to his family and will do his tiny best to protect them from harm. It's important to prevent him from taking on dogs ten times his size.
Although small, the sturdy, compact Affenpinscher is not delicate. Their height at the withers is between 9 and 1/2 inches and 11 and 1/2 inches. They weigh between 6 and 13 pounds.
Bathe the Affenpinscher infrequently with a mild shampoo. Unnecessary bathing will strip the coat of natural oils and cause dryness. This breed sheds very little and is hypoallergenic.
He has a thick, rough coat with a harsh texture, approximately one inch long on the body, shorter on the rump and tail, and longer and shaggier on the head (where it contributes to the monkeylike expression), neck, chest, stomach, and legs.