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Affenpinscher History

The history of the affenpinscher dates back more than 470 years. The affenpinscher is a toy sized terrier. There exist several theories about the origin of the affen pincher, ranging from it being a descendent of a now extinct spitz wolf, to it being a product of the scissor action of breeding between the prick-eared (spitz) and scissors or prick-ear (chow). The affenpincher’s original purpose was to hunt, flush, and retrieve birds, small animals, and vermin. The affen pincer became a pet in the 18th century, but was still used for hunting and as a ratter. In 1890, the affen pincher was recognized by the canine fancy and, in 1902, it became a standard.

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Affenpinscher Physical Characteristics

The Affenpinscher is a relatively small breed of dog that typically stands between 12 and 15 inches tall at the shoulders and weights between 6 and 12 pounds. This small to medium sized breed has a long, slender and athletic body with a thick, wiry, and shaggy fur. This breed has large, round ears, a long tail, and long paws. Their hair is of medium length. This breed has almond-shaped eyes, a large nose, and a beard. This breed has scissor bite with upper teeth overlapping lower ones. This breed is very active and playful.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 11 inches

Female Height Range: 9 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 7 – 10 lbs

Female Weight Range: 7 – 10 lbs

Affenpinscher Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Affenpinscher Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Lick Granuloma, Cataracts, Tracheal Collapse, Heart Problems

Affenpinscher Temperament and Behaviour

The Affenpinscher is a small dog breed with a big personality. They are known for their comical expressions and their playfulness. Affenpinschers are active and playful, but they can also be stubborn and willful. They are intelligent dogs and can be quick learners, but they can also be stubborn and independent. Affenpinschers are affectionate with their families and make great companions. They are protective of their homes and families and can be wary of strangers. Affenpinschers need plenty of socialization and training to prevent them from becoming yappy or aggressive.

Affenpinscher Activity Requirements

Affenpinschers are small, energetic, and fearless. They are often referred to as “monkey-like” for their appearance and behavior. While they are not a very active dog, they do require regular walks and some play time. These short, high-energy bursts of activity are a great way to keep your Affenpinscher happy and healthy. If you are looking for a companion for your active lifestyle, the Affenpinscher may be just right for you. They do best when they are involved in their human’s daily activities.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Affenpinscher is part of the Toy group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Affenpinscher is part of the Toy group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Affenpinscher is part of the Toy group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Affenpinscher is part of the Toy group.

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