Brief History
In Germany where the Affenpinscher originates, his name means, “monkey dog” or “ape terrier”. Whilst not really a toy terrier, the Affenpinscher accomplished the same job. He was able to rid German stables and barns of rats and vermin in the 1600’s. Over time they were brought indoors to keep the kitchens free of mice.  They were ideal companions, comical and devoted bed companions to the lady of the house.  An ancient breed, over time the smooth coated variety was developed as the Miniature Pinscher and the rough coated variety the Affenpinscher.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 10 to 14 years.

The Affenpinscher is a happy combination of pluck and charm. A small dog with determination, stamina, agility, and great courage, however when released and with his people, displays sensitivity and gentleness.

General Breed Description
The Affenpinscher is rustic, rough-coated and sturdy.  One cannot but be amused by his pert mischievous ‘monkey like’ facial expression, hence where he gets his name.  He carries himself with comic seriousness and moves with a strutting action denoting his bold and confident disposition. The Affenpinscher is a quirky character; he will toss his toys in the air or walk on his back legs looking like an organ grinder's monkey.  Part of the breed’s charm is his scruffy and unkempt appearance.  He is black in colour with some grey shading. 

Coat and Care Requirements
The Affenpinscher’s medium-length, wiry coat should be groomed twice a week, first with a brush and then with a metal comb. Any mats should be pulled apart with the fingers. The coat can either be hand stripped or clipped to keep a neater appearance.

Height: 24 to 28cms (9.5 to 11ins).

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Affenpinscher is a generally healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. Responsible breeders will screen their stock for health conditions such as luxating patella, heart anomalies, vision problems, and hip dysplasia.

Unusually intelligent and quick to learn, the Affenpinscher still possesses a mind of his own and toilet training can sometimes take some time to achieve. They are known for their grit and determination. Their zest for life and the need to entertain makes them very adaptable to a busy household.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.  With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular, the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to Dogs Australia Breed Standard: