This gorgeous Dog is believed to have originated in Germany. Its name, Affenpinscher, translates as “Monkey Terrier” which describes this little dog very well. In the farmlands of Germany they survived by hunting rats and mice and so protected the farmers’ supply of winter food. The two World Wars nearly wiped out the breed, but thanks to some dedicated people it is thriving again.


The quintessential big dog in a small body, with high intelligence and well suited to apartment living.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: The Affenpinscher needs little grooming, just a weekly comb or brush and a bath occasionally.
  • Coat Type: The Affenpinscher is rough-coated and beard faced.
  • Moulting: Affenpinschers don't shed much, but their rough coat must be stripped to maintain its characteristic texture.
  • Exercise Needs: Short, brisk walks or a suitable length of time in the backyard is enough exercise for this sturdy but only moderately active dog.
  • Average Life Span: 12-14 years


  • Family: While Affenpinschers are known for making owners laugh, they are not the best breed for a household full of children. They aren't known to like children, and can be aggresive if provoked.
  • Temperament: The Affenpinscher is a quaint, comical dog that loves company, and loves to show off to their owners. They are eager to please, usually quiet and they will only bark if something unusual is happening within its territory. They are not really happy in a kennel, but will adapt.
  • Trainability: While intelligent, Affenpinschers can be tough to train due to their instinctual nature. The key to training an Affenpinscher is to always keep training fun. Use lots of praise and motivation!
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Frequent socialization with other people and animals is a must for the Affenpinscher to grow up to be a balanced adult. Without it, they'll never live up to their potential.
  • Barking: With a low tendency to bark or howl, Affenpinschers can be suitable for apartment living.


This breed combines clownlike charm with a bold nature, and their creative thought process never ceases to astound and entertain his people. They learn quickly and adjusts readily to change, so they’re a good traveler who’s always ready for a new adventure. People who live with Affens admire their sensitivity and gentleness but warn that they are the quintessential big dog in a small body.


Because he’s so small, the Affenpinscher should be a full-time housedog, with access only to a fully fenced backyard when not supervised. Like many toy breeds, the Affenpinscher can be difficult to housetrain. Be patient and consistent. Crate training is recommended.