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Affenpinscher Terrier Dog Breed Information

An Affenpinscher dog in a garden.
Country of OriginGermany
Nicknames and Other NamesMonkey Terrier, Diablotin Moustachu, and
Moustached Devil, Affen, Affie
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeTerrier
GroupToy
Bred ForRatting
SizeSmall-Sized
Recognized ByAKC, ANKC, FCI, CKC,UKC, NZKC, KC (UK)
Life Span12-15 Years
Ideal Weight 7-14 Pounds
Ideal Height 9-12 Inches
Fur TypeHarsh and Rough
Common ColorsRed, Black, Belge, Black & Silver
Black & Tan
MarkingsBlack Mask
AvailabilityRare
AchievementsDog Show Wins
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBrussels Griffon

Affenpinscher dogs are those breed of dogs that are usually small and often in gray, black, fawn, tan and also red. They are also called ‘Monkey Terrier’ as per the meaning of Affenpinscher in the German language.

Affenpinscher, also known as ‘Diablotin Moustachu’ which means ‘Moustached Devil’ are small, loyal, curious and amusing dogs that are famous are favorite as lap dogs for women.

Origin and History of Affenpinscher Dogs

The breed of affenpinscher was originated in Germany in the late 17th century especially for the purpose of ratting. They are the very first breed of the “monkey-faced’ toy dogs.

At first, this breed was only bred for the motive of eradication of rats and other rodents from granaries, stables, and kitchen but later, it went to be the favorite lapdogs for ladies. It is a very rare species even in Germany after the World War II.

Affenpinshcer dogs were bred for vermin termination. Image Source: Youtube

Behavior of Affenpinscher Dogs

Affenpinscher is often fun-loving dogs and is very loyal to its owner. This almost-human toy dog is fearless despite of his small size and proportoin. They are loving and great watchdogs for our homes.

Monkey Terriers are very stubborn when it comes to its behavior. It is very difficult to rear him without many complications. They are also a very curious species that they pay attention to each and every small sound around them.

An Affenpinscher playing with a child.

These ape like dogs are so playful that if you throw him a ball, he brings it back to you and waits for you to throw it again. They also are quite adventurous and love to explore new things wandering wherever they like.

Affenpinscher love playing with kids and their owner if he’s in a good mood. As it is a very active breed, it will play with you all day long if he’s interested in the game you play with him.

Trainability of Affenpinscher

Because of its stubborn nature, the affenpinscher is very difficult to train. As it gets bored easily, the owner has to keep him constantly challenged and the training session should be shorter and frequent.

An Affenpinshcer being potty trained.

The Affenpinscher create various difficulties while training such as housebreaking, barking and pulling stuffs here and there. So, it is very necessary to be a good dog trainer in order to train this dog.

Facts about Affenpinshcer

There are various facts about the breed of affenpinscher that most people don’t know. Here are some of them.

  1. Affenpinscher were originally bred to kill rats, mice and other vermin that causes difficult in irrigation of crops.
  2. Great number of this breed can be found in the houses of the USA.
  3. They have excellent agility level.
  4. They are good watch dogs.
  5. They are small in size i.e. 9 to 11 inches and weigh 9 pounds approximately. They are portable.
  6. They are very rare species of dogs, even in germany.
  7. They should be handled with great care.
  8. They are the ancestor of two breeds- the Griffen Belge and the Griffen Broxellois.
  9. They are very territorial and won’t back down from involving into a fight to protect their territory.
  10. They are not so child friendly. If they get annoyed, they will surely hamper the children.

Puppies

Affenpinscher puppies costs approximately $800-$1200 USD.

Cute Little Affenpinscher puppy. Image Source: Flickr

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