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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 9in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 7-9lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Affenpinscher Information

AffenpinscherThis 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.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breeds stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Affenpinschers be apartment dogs?

The Affenpinschers does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Affenpinschers be left alone?

Affenpinschers are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Affenpinschers good with kids?

Affenpinschers can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Affenpinschers friendly with strangers?

Although Affenpinschers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Affenpinschers get along with other dogs?

Although Affenpinschers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Affenpinschers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Affenpinschers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Affenpinschers shed a lot?

Affenpinschers shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Affenpinschers need a lot of grooming?

Although Affenpinschers require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Affenpinschers need a lot of exercise?

The Affenpinscher has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Affenpinschers easy to train?

Typically, Affenpinschers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Affenpinschers handle cold weather?

Although Affenpinschers can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Affenpinschers handle hot weather?

Although Affenpinschers can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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