Height: 9-11.5 inches
Weight: 7-10 lbs.
Life Span: 14-16 yrs.
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Loyal family members, affenpinschers get along with children if treated
gently, but can be difficult to train. They also do well with other animals
if socialized with them early. Affenpinschers are determined and fearless.
They are cautious of strangers, and sometimes snappy with them. They are
often good watchdogs.
The affenpinscher's stiff, wiry coat is short and dense on the body; longer
and shaggier on the face, legs, and chest. Its color is black, gray, red,
silver, or black and tan.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The affenpinscher is a low-maintenance breed. It requires only a few daily
walks around the block, a quick brushing every week, and, every few months,
a little trimming.
The affenpinscher appeared in 17th-century Europe as a hunter of rodents.
Its origins are not known, but its name, which translates as "monkey terrier,"
suggests a German connection.
It resembles and is probably related to the Brussels griffon, which also
has a no-nonsense personality.
Breed-related health concerns: patent ductus arteriosus, Legg-Perthes
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club