Affenpinscher is an old dog breed whose history dates back over 300 years, the Affenpinscher is probably descended from a combination of small wirehaired terriers and pug-like dogs. It originated in Germany and is sometimes known as the Monkey Dog, because of its facial features, which resemble those of certain primates. The bushy area of hair above the mouth, and the flattish nose, have led the French to refer to this breed less flatteringly as the Diabletin Moustache – the moustached little devil.
Coat Type/Colour: Wiry, Longish; black
Height: 9.5 – 11 inch (24-28 cm)
Weight: 6.5 to 9 lb (2.9 – 4 kg)
Nature: Lively, Loyal, Sometimes stubborn
Life Expectancy: About 10-12 years
In terms of personality, however, the Affenpinscher has all the best qualities of the terrier breeds. These little dogs are lively, loyal and affectionate, although they may prove stubborn on occasions. The coat is wiry in texture and relatively long, but grooming is quite straightforward, a daily brushing usually proving adequate. The preferred coloration for the coat is black, but grey, black and tan, and red individuals may be encountered on occasion as well.
Affenpinschers require a daily walk, although this need not be a lengthy period of exercise. They also enjoy a run off the leash in suitably safe surroundings. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936, and then by the Kennel Club in Great Britain during 1980.
In the Affenpinscher, the lower jaw may be slightly longer than the upper; although this undershot arrangement is often considered a fault in other dog breeds, it is not regarded as a weakness in this case.