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Full Name
Alternate Names
The Monkey Terrier
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Life Span
10 - 12 years
6 - 13 pounds

Strong personality, loyal, curious.

The Affenpinscher has a personality of a "little chief"- fearless out of all proportion to his size. Typically serious, yet goofy at the same time.

Bred For
Small rodent hunting, and as a lapdog
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Affenpinscher good with children?

    Unfortunately, the Affenpinscher is not well suited for children and we would not recommend it for homes with very small children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Affenpinscher friendly with strangers?

    The Affenpinscher is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Affenpinscher friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Affenpinscher is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Affenpinscher is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Affenpinscher like to cuddle?

    The Affenpinscher appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!

    Does the Affenpinscher like to play?

    The Affenpinscher is playful both as a puppy and as an adult dog. As they get older they may appreciate their alone time, and may not be in the mood for constant play, but certainly will have plenty of time for play as well.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Affenpinscher make a good service dog?

    Historically, the Affenpinscher has never been used as a service dog and really would not be a good fit.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Affenpinscher good for first-time owners?

    The Affenpinscher is a good breed for first-time owners. A good fit for first-time owners are friendly breeds that are motivated to please their owner. This means they can be trained, and are rarely aggressive and overpowering.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Affenpinscher be trained?

    The Affenpinscher does not have high levels of training potential. There are exceptions, but the Affenpinscher is not typically seen in competitions or as a service dog or police dog.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Affenpinscher shed a lot?

    No! The Affenpinscher does not shed very much, and can be an excellent fit for someone who suffers from dog allergies.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Affenpinscher easy to groom?

    The Affenpinscher requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Affenpinscher to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Affenpinscher on your own as well.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Affenpinscher need a lot of exercise?

    The Affenpinscher requires some daily exercise, but daily walks should be enough. The Affenpinscher appreciates going outside and on daily walks, but they will be ok without anything overly athletic.

    How smart is the Affenpinscher?

    The Affenpinscher is very smart. Above-average intelligence means they can pick up on cues and signals quickly when it comes to training. But it also means that they need to be challenged mentally, in addition to their standard exercise needs.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Affenpinscher bark? Does the Affenpinscher bark too much?

    The Affenpinscher occasionally barks, but only for specific reasons such as when they need something, for protection, etc.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Affenpinscher a good guard dog?

    The Affenpinscher would not make a good guard dog. They can be alert, but typically do not have the desire or instinct to take on "guarding" as their job.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Affenpinscher good at staying alone? Is the Affenpinscher independent?

    The Affenpinscher considers their owner part of the "pack" and hates being left behind. This can be a good thing for someone looking for an emotional support dog who is loyal and always by their side, but bad if the dog will need to be left at home alone for extended periods.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Affenpinscher a good apartment dog?

    The Affenpinscher is an excellent dog breed for an apartment. Some daily exercise is still important, but if they get that then the apartment will be more than enough for them to call home.

    How big is the Affenpinscher?

    The Affenpinscher is one of the smallest dog breeds- suited well for apartment living and very convenient for travel.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Affenpinscher tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Affenpinscher?

    The Affenpinscher can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Affenpinscher tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Affenpinscher?

    The Affenpinscher can tolerate some cold, but should not be over-exposed to cold weather. In general, they can live in cold weather climates, but may need clothing on particularly cold evenings or in snow.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Affenpinscher try to run away?

    The Affenpinscher does not have a large drive to run away. They can still be distracted and run, so precautions should be taken, but overall they have a less than average urge to run away.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Affenpinscher a healthy dog? The health of a Affenpinscher should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Affenpinscher is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Affenpinscher high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Affenpinscher?

    The Affenpinscher has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Affenpinscher into your home. Can you give your Affenpinscher enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Affenpinscher drool?

    The Affenpinscher does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Affenpinscher have a large prey drive? Does the Affenpinscher like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Affenpinscher has average prey drive. They will probably enjoy chasing after birds and other small animals at the park, and it may be an issue at the home if you have small animals, but with some training and introduction can usually learn to live with them.

    Is the Affenpinscher atheltic?

    The Affenpinscher can have athletic moments, and bursts of speed, but does not have the endurance as other highly athletic dog breeds. They would do great for occasional jogs, but probably not the best for long-distance runs or anything more athletic than that.

Breed Variations

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  1. Toy
  2. Pinscher
  3. Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher is a purebred dog that belongs to the Pinscher sub group, which falls under the larger Toy dog breed group.
Toy group: Toy dogs are primarily characterized by their very small size. But don't let that fool you- if anything their personality and tenacity is higher than the average dog. In fact, even their protective instincts are above average! In fact, because of that it is crucial they get socialization with children and other dogs from an early age. Perhaps out of all dog groups, the toy dog group is the most difficult to put sub-groups into, since the sub groups also include larger dogs, and fall under other groupings. For example, the Pomeranian is a Toy Spitz dog, but there are also large Spitz dogs such as the Samoyed. Because the toy dog is both small and primarily bred for home companionship, they make excellent additions for a wide range of families. There are also practical benefits with toy dogs- they are great for apartment living, and traveling. Toy dogs are also loyal and love to cuddle, making them the ideal lap dog.
Pinscher sub-group: The pinscher is a true German classic. They are one of the oldest breeds, and have been used for a variety of uses: from aesthetic dog shows, to police force work. The Pinscher can be trained well, as they are very intelligent and have a switch where they can suddenly become "serious". Pinschers are typically healthy dogs, although there are a few conditions that the breed can be prone to. Pinschers can most commonly have hip dysplasia and eye disease. Smaller pinschers are known to "nip" as they were bred to hunt rats. On the other side of the spectrum- doberman pinschers will not be so bite friendly, but are excellent guard dogs. Because of pinschers serious and demanding nature, they need a strong leader, and need to be socialized early and often. If that is the case, you will receive an excellent dog.

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