Know the Affenpinscher Breed
The Affenpinscher also known as Monkey Terrier in German is a peppy dog that has the face and impish nature of a monkey. This wire haired terrier like breed acts like a bigger dog as he proudly struts around. The coat of an Affenpinscher is usually black, but they also come in gray, silver, red, belge or black and tan.
Affenpinscher: Right Breed for You?
Affenpinschers have a fun loving, sometimes mischievous, personality. Their intelligence, appearance and attitude make them a good house pet, but children should always be taught how to properly handle the dog. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment. They are very active indoors and most of their exercise needs can be met with indoor play, but they enjoy daily walks. Their wiry coat should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed twice a year.
- Group: Toy Group
- Recognition: AKC recognized in 1936.
- Size: Ranging in size from 9 to 11½ inches tall at the shoulder.
- Usages: Companion dog, watchdog.
One of the most ancient of toy dogs, the Affenpinscher or Monkey Terrier in German originated in Central Europe. During the 17th century, small terriers were frequently kept around stables, on farms or in stores where they served as ratters. Bred down in size, these small terriers became companions in the home and kept mice from overrunning their mistresses boudoirs.
The Affenpinscher is believed to have been a major influence in the development of many of the smaller rough-coated breeds of continental Europe, including the Brussels Griffon and the Miniature Schnauzer. The area around Munich, Germany, eventually became the heart of Affenpinscher breeding in Europe.
The breed was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1936. This quaint little dog’s popularity has been overshadowed by that of his descendant, the Brussels Griffon, but more recently he is enjoying a return to favor.
Affenpinscher: Interesting Facts
- The Affenpinscher is one of the most ancient of Toy dogs.
- In German, Affenpinscher means “Monkey Terrier“.
- “Terrier type” with a “monkey face“, Affenpinschers are the bred down versions of terriers designed to keep rodent populations to a minimum on stables and farms.
- The Affenpinscher is believed to have been a major influence in the development of many of the smaller rough-coated breeds of continental Europe, including the Brussels Griffon and the Miniature Schnauzer.
- The Affenpinscher was admitted to the AKC Stud Book in 1936.
- The area around Munich, Germany, eventually became the heart of Affenpinscher breeding.
Recommended Books and Accessories
- Kooikerhondje, Tibetan Mastiff, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Leonberger, Affenpinscher
- AFFENPINSCHER – Owning & Caring For Your Affenpinscher
- Christmas Ornament: Affenpinscher
- Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook
- My Dog!: A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet
- Complete Dog Care Manual (Aspca)