AKC PuppyFinder: Affenpinscher Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Loyal, curious, famously funny; fearless out of all proportion to their size
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Brisk walks, making new friends, and plenty of play will satisfy exercise needs
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 9-11.5 inches
- Weight: 7-10 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Affenpinscher: a big name for a very little dog. Called the 'mustached little devil' in France and the 'monkey-like terrier' in Germany, the breed is full of mischief and fun. They're intelligent dogs who need plenty of playtime and brisk walks. At such a small size, they're happy in any size home, including city apartments. Your Affenpinscher puppy will grow up with confidence and fearlessness that far outweighs his toy size, so diligent, patient training is important. He can be an endlessly entertaining companion and also succeeds in agility, obedience and the show ring.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1936
Breed History & Job Description: Originally bred to kill rats and other pests in German stables of the 1600s, Affens were eventually brought indoors to rid the kitchen of mice. In time they became dual-purpose dogs: exterminators by day, and by night devoted bed-warming companions for the lady of the house. The immense charm that propelled them from stable to kitchen to boudoir has made Affens a force in the show ring. In 2013, an Affen named Banana Joe delighted America by winning Westminster’s Best in Show.
Affenpinschers can be subject to hip dysplasia or slipping of the knees in the hind legs (luxating patellae), both hereditary conditions. In some instances eye problems and heart defects have occurred in the breed. See your veterinarian at the first symptom of any irregularity in gait, vision or stamina.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Patella Evaluation
- Breed Club