Germany FCI 186 - Pinscher and schnauzer type


Activos, adventurous, curious and stubborns, but also cheerful and playful.


Affenpinscher History

Type dogs Affenpinscher They are known since about 1600, years. At that time, they were somewhat bigger. Images Affenpinscher set in sixteenth-century German paintings

It's name derives from the German Affe (monkey). The race is ancient and prior to the Griffon Bruxellois and Miniature Schnauzer.

The race was created to be a buzzard, working to eliminate rodents from kitchens, barns and stables.

The first draft of the standard is of 1908 and it was not until the year 1913 When the first official standard is recognized.

Did You Know?

Sometime in the eighteenth century or early nineteenth, someone had the bright idea of ​​raising the Affenpinscher reduced in size, allowing a popular pet becoming companion ladies.

Physical characteristics of the Affenpinscher

A Affenpinscher, generally, weights from 2,9 a 6,0 kg and measures of 23 a 30 centimeters tall. It has hard and rough hair, which make him look like a monkey (that's whay the origin of it´s name , because Affe means monkey in german). it´s fur is rough on the head and shoulders, forming a mane, with a lower layer on the front and rear quarters.

The FCI and the standards of the breed KC, specifies that the layer of hair should be black, but the AKC also allows other colors like gray, Silver, black and tan, and beige (a mixture of Brown, black and white red hairs); other clubs have their own lists of acceptable colors, but black is preferential.

Character and skills

They have a different character to what we associate with Terrier. They differ from Terrier in that they usually get along well with other dogs and pets. They are active, adventurous, curious and stubborns, but also cheerful and playful. Because they are affectionates with the family members, the protection is a must to whom they love. It is necessary that, they have a clear education, coherent, if not, it could become difficult to control them. The training must be varied because the dog can get bored easily.

The Affenpinschers they are somewhat territorial when it comes to their toys and food, That's the reason they are not recommended for younger children. This dog is very quiet, but it can be very aggressive in case it feels attacked or threatened and shows no fear toward any aggressor.

Their life expectancy is around twelve years , It's a typical cycle of life of a pure pedigree dog, but a little bit lower than most pedigrees of their size.


During moulting it lost much hair, so it is advisable to a good brushed daily and a good diet. The better the quality of the best food will be the State of the fur of your dog. A diet low in fat, salts, iodine, Vitamin B, will it result in dryness and hair loss.

The Affenpinscher it is a delicate dog that often suffers from intestinal problems.

Affenpinscher Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, and all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, do not walk, any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee in puppies, to tell you that the breed is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or to tell you that your puppies are isolated from the main part of the home for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the health problems of race and the incidence with which occur in their lines.

The monkeys it's a pretty healthy little breed, but individual dogs can develop orthopedic problems like dislocated kneecaps, a common knee condition in small dogs. Affen are also prone to skin conditions that can lead to flank hair loss..

Not all of these conditions are detectable on a growing puppy, and it is impossible to predict whether an animal will be free from these diseases, so you should find a trusted breeder who is committed to raising the healthiest animals possible. Must be able to produce independent certification that the dog's parents (and grandparents, etc.) They have been examined for defects common and considered healthy for breeding. That's where they enter medical records.

Don't fall for the lies of a bad breeder. If the breeder tells you that you don't need to do those tests because you have never had a problem with your lines, their dogs have been “reviewed by the veterinarian”, or any of the other excuses bad breeders give to skimp on genetic testing of their dogs, leave immediately.

Careful breeders examine their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest and best looking copies, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good breeding practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases dogs can still live a good life. If you are going to have a puppy, ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs in their lines and what they died from.

Remember that after you have welcomed a new puppy into your home, It has the power to protect one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keep a Affenpinscher with a suitable weight it is one of the easiest ways to prolong life. To take the most of preventive skills to help ensure a healthier dog for life.

Affenpinscher care

The Affenpinscher it has a thin coat that can be rough or smooth, but the words “smooth” and “rough” can be misleading. Rough-coated dogs have slightly softer textured fur and heavier coat. Some Affen they have a coat that falls somewhere in between. Whatever type of coat you have, the typical monkeys looks clean but a little hairy. You can be sure that it will have leaves and twigs in its fur after being outdoors, so you need regular grooming to maintain your appearance.

The tools you will need are a brush, a stainless steel comb, a cutter, blunt-ended scissors and scissors to reduce thickness. Remove dead hairs, call “peel” the coat, is part of the package when you live with a monkeys.

The rest are basic care. Cut nails as needed, usually every few weeks. Small breeds are prone to periodontal disease, so brush your teeth frequently for good general health and fresh breath.

Affenpinscher pictures

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Ratings of the Affenpinscher

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Affenpinscher” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds – Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.
  • Section 1: Pinscher and Schnauzer type. Without working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Pinscher and Schanuezer dogs. Molossian type Dogs and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. , Section 1: Pinscher and Schnauzer.
    • AKC – Toy
    • ANKC – Group 1 (Toys)
    • CKC – Group 5 – Toys
    • ​KC – Toy
    • NZKC – Toy
    • UKC – Company race

    Affenpinscher FCI breed standard


    Alternative names:

      1. Affen, Affie, Monkey Dog (English).
      2. Affenpinscher (French).
      3. Affenpinscher (German).
      4. Affenpinscher (Portuguese).
      5. Perro Mono, Affenpinscher (Spanish).
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