This tiny tot is a confident, fearless and funny dog. With wiry, dark hair and a pinched, ape-like face, Affenpinschers are often compared to monkeys. In fact, the name literally means “monkey-like terrier” in German. The dog originated in Germany and was bred to rid kitchens and stables of rodents.
Today, Affenpinchsers are somewhat rare, but for those who are lucky enough to own one, they’ll find these dogs are easy to train and make excellent companions, although they are somewhat headstrong at times. The breed is not a great choice for homes with children, however, since these dogs do not like to be squeezed or chased. Also proceed with caution if you own rodent pets like hamsters or gerbils – Affenpinchsers were bred to hunt these little guys! They do get along with other dogs just fine, however.
Fun fact: The Affenpinchser is one of the most ancient toy dogs in the world.