The Affenpinscher is a loyal and protective dog, despite its small size. The German breed is nicknamed the “Mustachioed little devil” in France because of its bold manner, makes it a favorite among those who want a big dog attitude in a small package. They have also been referred to as the monkey dog or monkey terrier. Though often thought of as purely toy breeds, Affenpinschers actually have terriers in their family tree and were originally bred as ratters in Germany.

The Affenpinscher is a brave little dog who is always on the alert. They make an excellent watchdog, even though they’re not very big and can’t do much to protect their family. They’re very loving and loyal toward friends and family, but they’re also a very good rodent pets; getting rid of rodents like mice and rats.

This little dog is intelligent and inquisitive. He’s usually quiet, but anything or anyone who seems threatening will set him off barking. When it comes to big dogs, he doesn’t have any sense and will take them on at the first opportunity. In these cases, you need to protect him from himself.

Every dog needs exercise, so be sure to walk or otherwise play with your Affenpinscher daily. He is athletic and clever enough to do well in dog sports such as agility, obedience , and rally . In terms of training, he tends to be more willing and obedient than some other toy breeds. Always make learning fun by using positive reinforcement techniques instead of force.

It may be tempting to carry your small dog around with you constantly, but it’s important to resist the urge and let him experience life as a dog. He’ll be happier and better behaved as a result.

The Affenpinscher has a harsh coat with extra fur around the neck and shoulders and a beard. Maintaining his shaggy but neat appearance will require some plucking and trimming. Ask your dog’s breeder for grooming lessons or follow the directions on the website of the Affenpinscher Club of America. A companion dog from the toy group, the Affenpinscher should always live inside the house—never outdoors.

  • Furlyfe Rank
  • Group AKC Toy
  • Origin Germany
  • Size Smallest
  • Weight 6 to 13 pounds
  • Coat Length Short, Medium
  • Coat Type Wiry
  • Colors Black,Black & Tan,Belge,Red,Gray
  • Other Names Affen, Affie, African Terrier, Monkey Dog, Monkey Terrier
  • Temperament Active,Adventurous,Curious,Fun-loving,Playful,Stubborn

Breed Characteristics

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