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This tiny tot is a confident, fearless and funny dog. Affenpinschers make wonderful companions and are intelligent little pups.

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

The Affenpinscher is 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.


The Affenpinscher, also known as the “Monkey Terrier,” is a small and scrappy breed of dog with a long and fascinating history. Bred for centuries to hunt vermin and rodents, the Affenpinscher is a fearless and tenacious little dog that is well-suited to various tasks.

The origins of the Affenpinscher are shrouded in mystery, but it is believed that the breed originated in Germany. The breed’s name, “Affenpinscher,” is derived from the German words “Affen,” meaning monkey, and “Pinscher,” meaning terrier, refers to the breed’s distinctive monkey-like appearance.

Fun fact: The Affenpinscher is one of the most ancient toy dogs in the world.

Training and Temperament

Despite their small size, Affenpinschers are known for their feisty and energetic personalities. They are highly intelligent and are quick learners, but they can be stubborn and independent at times. This makes them a challenging breed to train, but with patience and consistency, they can be taught a wide variety of commands and skills.

One of the most important aspects of training an Affenpinscher is socialization. Because of their small size and fierce personalities, Affenpinschers can be prone to fearfulness and aggression toward other dogs and animals if they are not properly socialized. Taking your Affenpinscher to puppy classes and introducing them to a variety of people and animals can help prevent these problems and ensure that they grow up to be well-adjusted and confident dogs.


In terms of grooming, the Affenpinscher’s long and coarse coat requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and looking its best. They should be brushed at least once a week to prevent tangles and mats and be bathed every few months to keep their skin and coat healthy. Because of their long ears and thick coats, Affenpinschers are also prone to ear infections and skin problems, so it is important to check and clean their ears regularly and to keep an eye out for any signs of irritation or infection.

Overall, the Affenpinscher is a unique and fascinating breed of dog that is well-suited to families and individuals looking for a small and energetic companion. With the right training and care, the Affenpinscher can be a loyal and loving companion for many years to come.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed 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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