Often considered the class clown, the Affenpinscher is highly inquisitive and quick-witted.

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


9-11.5 Inches


7-9 Lbs


11-14 Years

Affenpinscher Information

The Affenpinscher is a small terrier-like toy dog breed of the Pinscher type. The breed originated in Germany.

It was developed to be a ratter, working in homes and stables to control populations of rodents. The breed is also called the Monkey Dog, Monkey Terrier, and Monkey Pinscher.

Active and energetic, The Affenpinscher is a balanced and sturdy breed. The Affenpinscher is often considered the “class clown”. Affenpinschers are highly inquisitive and quick-witted. The Affenpinscher enjoys being with their family.

Affenpinscher Exercise Needs

The Affenpinscher is a lively little dog with a lot of energy. They need daily exercise to stay healthy and fit. A good walk or playtime in the yard will suffice. They can also be quite active indoors and make good apartment dogs.

Affenpinscher Training

Training an Affenpinscher can be challenging as they can be stubborn and willful. They respond best to positive reinforcement methods such as food rewards and praise. Consistency is also important when training this breed. Socialize them early to prevent them from being too reserved around strangers.

Affenpinschers are intelligent dogs and can learn new tricks and commands quickly. They also excel in agility and other dog sports.

Affenpinscher Health Issues

The Affenpinscher is a relatively healthy breed with few health issues. However, like all breeds, they are susceptible to certain conditions. These include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. They may also suffer from von Willebrand’s disease, a blood clotting disorder.

Affenpinschers typically live 11-14 years.

Affenpinscher Grooming

Affenpinschers are a relatively low-maintenance breed and do not require a lot of grooming. However, their wiry coat does require some special care. The coat should be brushed a few times weekly and trimmed or clipped every few months.

Breed Identification


Black, Gray, Silver, Or Black And Tan



Breed Care


More than once a week


Up to 30 minutes per day


Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia

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