(AKC Toy Group)
A small dog with a harsh, shaggy coat, and longer hair all over the face. The Affenpinscher is square-bodied, with a deep chest and round head with a well-defined stop. The lower jaw is generally slightly undershot, protruding below the dog's short nose. The dog's teeth and tongue should not show when his mouth is closed. The black eyes are prominent and rounded, but should not bulge or protrude. The rims of the eyes are black. The hairy ears are pointed and erect when cropped, but may be left natural, in which case they may be erect, semi-erect or dropped. The coat is usually black or dark gray, but tan and red are also acceptable. A small white patch on the chest is acceptable. The preferred height is 9-1/2 to 11-1/2 inches.
Named "Monkey dog", because of his monkey-like facial structure and expression, this feisty toy dog originated in Germany. At first a farm dog and ratter, probably larger in size, the Affenpinscher was miniaturized and became a house pet during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today the Affenpinscher is primarily a companion dog.
Sensitive to temperature extremes. Overly warm living conditions are detrimental to the coat. Not recommended for younger children. Most are accepting of other pets in the family, especially when raised with them. Tends to guard food and toys. Some bloodlines are prone to fractures and slipped stifle. Like any short-nosed breed, the Affenpinscher may suffer from respiratory problems in hot weather. This breed likes to hike and go camping as long as the temperature stays above 20 degrees F. May challenge large dogs and other large animals unwisely.
Watchdog, agility, and performing tricks.
Terrier-like personality. Fiery little dog, courageous and confident--a fearless defender. Generally quiet, but can be vehement when threatened. Very affectionate and amusing. Playful and inquisitive. Loyal. Enjoys being with his family. Needs consistent, firm training. Some are difficult to housebreak.
Children: Not recommended for children.
Friendliness: Loves everyone.
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train.
Independence: Moderately dependent on people.
Other Pets: Generally good with other pets.
Combativeness: Can be a bit dog-aggressive.
Noise: Likes to bark.
Indoors: Very active indoors.
Owner: Good for novice owners.
Grooming and Physical Needs:
Grooming: Regular grooming needed.
Trimming & Stripping: No trimming or stripping needed.
Coat: Medium coat.
Shedding: Very light.
Docking: The ears are customarily cropped, and the tail is customarily docked.
Exercise: Very little exercise needed.
Jogging: A fair jogging companion.
Apartments: Good for apartment living.
Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard.
Climate: Prefers cool climates.
Longevity: Average (10 to 12 years).