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Affenpinscher – Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher – Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Affenpinscher


The Affenpinscher has a rough, wiry, dense, and bushy coat. They have less harsh and longer coat on the head, chest, neck, stomach, and legs, usually shorter on the behind and tail. The grown Affenpinscher has a cape of sturdy hair. The hair on the head is longer, suspending the eyebrows and beard which forms the monkey-like appearance. A little grooming is needed to get the neat but shaggy appearance. The coat is black, gray, silver, red, tan, and belge (combination of black, white, and red hairs).


Affenpinschers require little exercise. Short walks couple of times a day is enough to keep them happy. Although they appreciate indoor activities, an outdoor secured area where they can play for hours is highly recommended. Affens enjoy hikes, but should be carefully watched for they are known to have a daring nature.


The Affenpinscher gets along well with dogs, and other household pets. This breed of dog is fun-loving, playful, active, loyal, but can be mischievous and stubborn at times. Protective towards property and family members, they have the attitude that makes a good guard dog. Affens are typically quiet, but gets really excited when threatened as they tend to fight back.


The Affenpinscher is believed to have originated in Germany, and surrounding areas of Europe. Their name is German which literally translates as “Monkey Terrier” as suppose to their monkey-like expression.


Although this breed is known to shred little hair, it should be groomed constantly. Regular grooming decreases loose fur in the environment. The Affenpinschers coat must be brushed and combed once or twice a week. It should never be clipped too short since it damages the coat. Plucking is usually needed and professional services are available, but it is recommended that you learn how to do it yourself. Hair that grows in the corners of the eyes should be constantly trimmed as it causes irritation.

The average life expectancy of the Affenpinscher is 10-12 years. Their little stature makes them at risk for collapsed trachea condition due to the pressure around the neck from leashes and collars. Due to their short, stubby nose, they are prone to airway problems. Because of this, it is advised that you walk your Affenpinscher on a harness instead of a leash.


Affenpinschers are known to be stubborn and independent. It is important to be firm and consistent in training this breed. Although they learn commands quickly, make sure to train in various ways as they tend to get bored easily. Some owners treat them like a small dog, which results to lack of proper pack leadership. For this reason, this kind of breed is not recommended for young children. This kind of treatment brings out negative behavior of the dog. Owners should always act as the dog’s pack leader to avoid authority to guard their toys and food.


The Affenpinscher has a terrier-like personality. They get along well with other dogs and household pets. They are curious, inquisitive, and persistent. Although they are difficult to housebreak, they are a breed that is easy to train. Affenpinschers are the breed that goes best with families that enjoys comical acts.