Learn All About Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a loyal and curious breed of dog.

It’s fearless and doesn’t seem to realize how small it is. What’s most amusing about this dog is how serious it takes itself.

What You Should Know

The Affenpinscher is classified as a terrier and it was created to work like one. The purpose of breeding the original Affenpinscher was to exterminate pests from German stables back in the 1600s. the name itself means “ape terrier” or “monkey dog.”

The Affenpinscher eventually made its way indoors to get rid of mice. It was put in the stable during the day to find outside critters and brought indoors at night to keep the ladies of the house secure. The breed was welcomed into the American Kennel Club in 1936.

What Sound Do They Make?

Affenpinscher dogs take their role of home defender seriously. This causes them to bark at the first sign of alarm. Their stubbornness plays a role in the level of noise created, especially when you tell them to stop yelling and they don’t listen.

Here is an example of what you might hear when getting the Affenpinscher dogs excited.

Group Characteristics

Because of their background, it’s challenging to get the Affenpinscher to get along with rodent pets. That’s why they aren’t recommended with households that have gerbils, ferrets or hamsters. They do appreciate being in a home with other dogs and get along fine with cats.

They also aren’t too good with small children or toddlers. While the Affenpinscher will remain loyal to the adults in the home, they aren’t considered an ideal choice where little ones are concerned.

Breeding of the Affenpinscher isn’t a popular thing. In fact, in Britain, only about 30 breeders exist today. Furthermore, the Affenpinscher only produces a few puppies with each litter and these young puppies are blind when firstborn.

How Many are There?

We can’t get an exact number on how many Affenpinschers exist, but we do know that it is a dog people in America keep. According to the 2018 AKC Most Popular Breeds, this dog sits at spot number 148.

Watch a Video

Animal Planet put together an informative video on the Affenpinscher breed.

If you prefer something that causes you to laugh, there’s also a compilation of 25 cute Affenpinscher videos.

Pop Culture

The Affenpinscher isn’t a famous dog in movie or pop culture, but we have seen it a couple of times. First, in the 1986 movie Little Spies, the main dog appears to a mix, but there is only one Affen that appears in a quick scene.

It also seems that there’s an Affen mix in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).

Aside from movies and TV, in 2013 an Affen named Banana Joe took the title as Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show.

Interesting Facts

The Affenpinscher breed tends to reach nine to 11 inches tall and between seven and nine pounds in weight.

Because of its temperament, the Affenpinscher gets excited very quickly. If there is a perceived threat, it will get worked up and it takes time before it calms down. Even though it is a small dog, it will not think twice about fighting with a larger dog or animal.

The Affenpinscher was the basis for other popular breeds. Brussels Griffon, the German Silky Pinscher and smooth-haired German Pinscher all come from this dog.

For the most part, the Affenpinscher is a healthy breed. It sometimes suffers from hip dysplasia and slipped stifle. It also struggles to breathe in hot weather. Overall, the biggest concern for most of these dogs is suffering from cuts and fractures because they don’t have any fear.