Germany FCI 186 - Pinscher and schnauzer type


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


Affenpinscher History

The Affenpinscher is a terrier.

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 Brussels Griffon (Brussels Griffon) and Schnauzer miniature.

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 to 6,0 kg and measures of 23 to 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.

Affenpinscher: Standard FCI


USE : Dog company and home.


Group 2 Dogs Pinscher and Schnauzer type, Molossoid- Dogs type Swiss mountain and cattle.

Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : In principle existed as a House dog in the area south of Germany. Their ancestors were immortalized in the Alberto Durero wood engravings (1471-1528). The first inscriptions of Affenpinscher reach year 1879. Those small cherished dwarves at the beginning of the century were developed from the wire-haired Pinscher. The appearance of monkey is underlined by the rough hairs on the head Crown. The coloration extends from unicolor, yellowish, white or reddish grey to dark grey, grayish black or pure black.

GENERAL ASPECT : The Affenpinscher is small, Compact and rough hair, with appearance of monkey face.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : The construction should as much as possible appear square in relation to body length and the height to the cross.

TEMPERAMENT / BEHAVIOR : Intrepid, vigilant, stubborn, fell, sometimes with an effervescent character. It is quite a pleasant dog for the family.



  • Skull : Rather spherical to elongated, altogether not too heavy, vaulted upward, with a forehead macada.
  • Depression links (stop) : Clearly marked.


  • Truffle : Round, full and black. Well open nostrils.
  • Snout : Short, straight (not respingado up). The nasal helm is straight.
  • Belfos : Firmly supported to the jaws, the lips are black.
  • JAWS/teeth : Complete bite, (42 clean and white teeth), the maxillary lower ahead of the upper jaw and curves gently upwards. The incisors in a sound bite are as much as possible regularly implemented in the form of a slightly rounded line. The canines and the incisors should not be with closed mouth ; still less should the Affenpinscher to show language with closed muzzle. The lack of two PM1, PM2 or PM3 also combined lack of two dental pieces of these teeth, they must be tolerated.
  • Eyes : Dark, rather round and full, black and sticky eyelids. They are surrounded by a Crown of coarsely hairy.
  • Ears : High implementation, carried symmetrically rotated forward, "V" shaped, the internal edges of the ears lie against the head. In the case of erect ears, they are small, equal-sized upright, and carried vertically as possible.

NECK : The neck is straight, the neck is rather short, strongly implanted, powerful ; the skin of the throat is firmly tight and wrinkle-free.


  • Top line : From Withers towards rear in a soft downward inclination, approximately in the form of a straight line.
  • Cross : It is the highest point of the upper line.
  • Back : Strong, short, firm
  • Pork loin : Short, strong. The distance from the last rib to the hip is short so that the dog is compact.
  • Rump : Short, slightly rounded, It happens imperceptibly by the insertion of the tail.
  • Breast : Just flattened on the sides, moderately wide, descends beyond elbows.
  • Bottom line : The bottom line and the upper run almost parallel. Moderately raised belly.

TAIL : Natural, the goal being to make it Sabre or sickle-shaped.


PREVIOUS MEMBERS : Robust forelimbs, straight, parallel and not too together.

  • Shoulder : Well muscled. The scapula is long, inclined (approximately 45 °), flat and well glued.
  • Arm : Well on the body, strong and muscular.
  • Elbow : Well positioned, drawn out inwards or not.
  • Forearm : Strongly developed and straight from all sides which you look at it.
  • Carpus : Firm and strong.
  • Metacarpus : Seen from the front straight ; profile feels a slight tilt in relation to the floor ; strongly developed and muscular.
  • Front feet : Short and round, fingers together and arched (cat feet), strong pads, black short nails and strong.

LATER MEMBERS : Seen in profile with a slight slant, moderately angulated. Seen from behind are parallel.

  • Thigh : Strongly muscled, width
  • Knee : Must not be turned neither inward nor outward
  • Leg : Long and strong
  • Hock : Moderately angled
  • Metatarsus : Perpendicular to the ground
  • Rear feet : A little longer than the front ; the fingers are arched and together ; nails short, black.

MOVEMENT : Loose and fluid, with short, quick steps, with moderate push back. Seen from front and back straight and parallel.

SKIN : Firm throughout the body.


HAIR : The hair of the body should be hard and tight. The head features a typical ornament shaped eyebrows bushy as rays that surround the eyes forming a Crown, the imposing beard, The crest on the head and the hair on the cheeks. The hair of the head should be as far as possible hard, straight and perpendicular to the skin implementation, as Ray. These are the essential features that give the Affenpinscher the appearance of monkey.

COLOR : Pure black with NAP internal black.


  • Height to the cross : Males and females : of 25 until 30 cm..
  • Weight : Males and females : of 4 until 6 kg.

FAULTS : Any deviation from the above mentioned criteria is considered to lack, and the gravity of this refers to the degree of deviation to the standard and its impact on the health and well-being of the dog.

In particular :

  • Heavy or light appearance, outdoor or patilargos.
  • Clear eyes.
  • Inclusion of low or very long ears, ears carried different from each other. Floating ears.
  • Too long back, collected or soft.
  • Encarpado back.
  • Fall rump.
  • Inclusion of tail rotated toward the head.
  • Back excessively angled and rear of barrel.
  • Long feet.
  • Short hair, soft, wavy, in fringe, silky, white or stained.
  • 1 cm.. above the upper limit or 1 cm.. below the lower limit.


  • Lack of type in the expression of sex (for example male female).
  • Very lightweight bones.
  • Snout Griffon curved upward type, long snout.
  • Exaggerated lower prognathism, bite clamp.
  • Wiggly eyes.
  • Elbows rotated out.
  • Hocks rotated inwards.
  • Deviation between 1 cm and 2 cm above the upper limit or below the lower limit of height.


  • Aggressive or fearful dog.
  • Any deformity.
  • Lack of racial characteristics.
  • Miss runner in each region as construction defects, hair and color.
  • More than 2 cm above or below the measures upper and lower limit.

Any dog showing clear physical abnormalities or behavioral signs shall be disqualified.

NB : Los machos deben tener dos apariencia testiculos normal completamente descendidos en el escroto.

TRANSLATION : Lucas Rodríguez Bazzurro.

Character and skills

They have a different character to what we associate with Terrier. that's what differs them, 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.

Affenpinschers 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 is a delicate dog that often suffers from intestinal problems.

Affenpinscher pictures

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Ratings of the Affenpinscher

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Plantearte before acquiring a dog race “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:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI: Group 2 / Section 1, Pinscher and schnauzer type
  • FCI 186

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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