The Affenpinscher, as you can see has monkey looking features and has very similar behaviour too. These small dogs are stubborn, independent and sometimes wilful.

These dogs are quite lively and are very nosy little characters. They have very strong hunting instincts and are cautious around strangers, making them good little watchdogs.

Affenpinscher Facts


Exercise Requirements:      3 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        4 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    4 star rating

Low Shedding:                       5 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         2 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 24-28 cm (9.5-11 in)

Weight: 3-4 kg (6.5-9 lb)

Coat: Hard, wiry, medium length

Colour: Black, black and tan, red, brindle and tan

Lifespan: 14 years

Special Characteristics

The Affenpinscher is alert, reactive and playful.

Exercise Requirements

These small dogs require a medium amount of exercise. They are busy in the house and when out and about on walks.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Independent and affectionate towards them.

Children: The adult and puppy Affenpinscher could easily be injured by lively children in the house.

Other Pets: Could well be a problem with other small pets.

Strangers: Cautious of them, making them good little watchdogs.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Fairly good with them, but only if they have mixed well and socialized with other dogs before. You should make socializing part of their training routine.

What to Watch Out For

These dogs can be difficult to house train as they can be very strong willed. To have one of these dogs you need to be a strong willed very determined owner. These small dogs have also been know to bark excessively.

Health Risks

As you can see, these dogs have a very short nose. This can make breathing difficult for them, they are known to snore a lot because of this.

Other problems you might be faced with include luxating patellar, hip problems, leg-calve-perthes, open fontanelles, thyroid problems, eye problems, leg breaks when young and heart defects.

Ideal Owner

These lovely little dogs are very independent and require their owner to be very confident. These dogs have quite a bit of energy to burn so you need to have lots of spare time to take them for walks. These little dogs love to play, you need lots of time for this too.

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