Affenpinscher Breed Information

The Affenpinscher is a unique dog breed coming to us from Europe. The following Affenpinscher breed information should give you insight into this line of dogs. Prefer to just find the perfect dog for your personal situation? Try our free "Find Your Best Friend" App on our puppies for sale page to get personalized suggestions. Now onto the Affenpinscher breed.


The Affenpinscher has a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years.


The Affenpinscher emerged in Germany during the late 17th century and is considered to be one of the oldest toy dog breeds in existence today. The Affenpinscher was developed using larger, Affenpinscher-type dogs and was created to act as a mouser around the home. The breed’s ancestry is thought to include the Pug, smooth haired German Pinscher and German Silky Pinscher.


The Affenpinscher weighs 7 to 9 pounds and measures 9 to 11.5 inches.

Grooming Needs

The Affenpinscher has a thick, wiry coat and sheds very little. The Affenpinscher just needs to be brushed twice a week and bathed only when dirty. The Affenpinscher should also be hand stripped twice a year to remove dead hair.

Like all dogs, the Affenpinscher needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.


The Affenpinscher is bold and feisty.


Weighing less than 10 pounds, the Affenpinscher has the mentality of a dog that weighs ten times as much. The Affenpinscher is courageous and fearless, and displays nothing but confidence. This breed takes life seriously and demands respect from those they encounter. However, their brash attitude tends to come off as more humorous than anything else.

Thanks to their bold demeanor, Affenpinschers generally make effective watchdogs. They are vigilant and highly in tune with their surroundings. Affenpinschers are naturally wary of new people and protective of their space. They need lots of early socialization so they do not become overly suspicious or territorial.

While aloof with new people, Affenpinschers are charming and affectionate with their families. They are quick moving, busybodies that love to play with toys and chase balls.

Training Needs

The Affenpinscher wants to be the dominant member of the household. The Affenpinscher is intelligent, but independent and requires consistency and firm boundaries. At the same time, the Affenpinscher is sensitive and should always be treated with kindness and patience.

As part of their training, the Affenpinscher should also be socialized early with lots of people and other dogs. Without early socialization the Affenpinscher can develop some unfriendly habits.

Activity Level

The Affenpinscher has lots of energy for a small dog, but most of their activity requirements can be met inside the home with a good play session. However, for their health, Affenpinschers should also have a daily walk.

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