The Affenpinscher is a terrier-like toy breed of dog in appearance and Weighs in around 7 to 8 pounds and whose height is no more than 26-27 cm. The Affenpinscher has bushy eyebrows, shaggy hair, and a monkey-like appearance. His coat is medium length and is harsh and wiry in texture. The coat must be black, but it is known to come in grey, silver, red, black and tan, and beige.
The Affenpinscher has a personality that some associate with terriers. They're different from terriers, however, in that they often get along with other dogs and pets. They are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are also fun loving and playful. The breed is confident, lively, affectionate towards family members and also very defensive of them. This friendly little dog enjoys being with its family. It needs consistent, firm training because some can be quite difficult to housebreak. The training should be varied because the dog can easily become bored. This breed learns quickly but its stubbornness might make it difficult to train.
Affenpinschers can be territorial when it comes to their toys and food, so they are not recommended for very small children. This dog is mostly quiet but can become very excited if attacked or threatened.
This breed can be expected to live about 14-15 years. It is one of the healthiest breeds, with no known genetic health problems.
The Affenpinscher has its roots buried within European soil and dates back to the 17th century. Its name is derived from the German affe, meaning ape/monkey and pinscher meaning terrier. The breed predates, and is ancestral to the Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon) and Belgian Griffon. Dogs of the Affenpinscher type have been known since about 1600 but these were somewhat larger, about 12 to 13 inches, and came in colours of grey, black, fawn, black and tan, grey and tan, and even red. White feet and chest were also common. The breed was created to be a ratter, working to remove rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables.