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Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

A Little Monkey Terrier

Intelligent, mischievous, curious

Affenpinschers are busy, bold, and inquisitive, small dogs. These humorous little dogs are a bit stubborn, but they usually get along with other pets. Affens make great companions for families, retirees, and city dwellers. Although they love to play outdoors, this breed cannot live outside. They can enjoy the outdoors and fulfill their exercise needs by playing a vigorous game or going for a walk every day. 

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs. 


Breed Details

Height:9.5-11.5 in. Weight:7-13 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: These dogs have a lot of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Affenpinschers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

 

You’ll fall in love with the Affenpinscher's cute little monkey face!

Positive Traits:

  • Requires minimal grooming

  • Intelligent and easy to train

  • Protective of family: good watch dog

  • Alert, curious, and busy

  • Playful and energetic

Negative Traits:

  • Can be snappy around children if not socialized properly

  • Can be independent and strong-willed

  • Bold and fearless, may attack much larger dogs

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise 

Whether you are considering adding a new Affenpinscher to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Affenpinscher will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Affenpinscher you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an Affenpinscher could encounter:


  • Retinal dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Seasonal hair loss
  • Retained puppy teeth
  • Allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Retained testicle



 

This ancient breed was originally kept to control vermin such as rats and mice, but over time they were bred for companionship. Their medium to short coat is stiff and wiry. They do not require much in the way of grooming because they don’t shed much. They do need periodic stripping, and their ears have a tendency to build up hair, which will need to be plucked regularly. With their terrier background, Affenpinschers tend to be fairly hardy, with some specific health concerns that we'll be watching for as your "little ruffian" matures into your best dog ever!

Consult with a veterinarian if your Affenpinscher shows signs of the following:

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

  • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Care

    Routine Care: These dogs have a lot of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Affenpinschers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

     

  • Characteristics

    You’ll fall in love with the Affenpinscher's cute little monkey face!

    Positive Traits:

    • Requires minimal grooming

    • Intelligent and easy to train

    • Protective of family: good watch dog

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    • Playful and energetic

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be snappy around children if not socialized properly

    • Can be independent and strong-willed

    • Bold and fearless, may attack much larger dogs

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise 

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Affenpinscher to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Affenpinscher will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Affenpinscher you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an Affenpinscher could encounter:


    • Retinal dysplasia
    • Cataracts
    • Seasonal hair loss
    • Retained puppy teeth
    • Allergies
    • Ear infections
    • Retained testicle



     

  • History

    This ancient breed was originally kept to control vermin such as rats and mice, but over time they were bred for companionship. Their medium to short coat is stiff and wiry. They do not require much in the way of grooming because they don’t shed much. They do need periodic stripping, and their ears have a tendency to build up hair, which will need to be plucked regularly. With their terrier background, Affenpinschers tend to be fairly hardy, with some specific health concerns that we'll be watching for as your "little ruffian" matures into your best dog ever!

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Affenpinscher shows signs of the following:

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

    • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

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