Affenpinscher, the little monkey dog, looks a lot like a little monkey. In fact, the name [fusion_tooltip title=”Pinscher is a type of dog developed originally as ratters, although today they are most often kept as pets.”]Affenpinscher[/fusion_tooltip] is German for “monkey dog” or “ape terrier.” This dog breed comes from Germany and dates back to the seventeenth century. The French call them “diablotin moustachu”(mustached little devil). You may even think they look a bit like characters from the Star Wars movies, Wookies or Ewoks, than they look like actual dogs.
These are small but sturdy terrier look-a- likes, but they are actually included in the AKC”s toy dog group. Despite their small size, they face life with great confidence. They have a dense, unruly coat best described as “having a bad hair day.” I have only seen the black Affenpenshers but they also come in several colors including red and beige.
Affens can be stubborn and determined, but most Affenpinschers are loyal, affectionate, and always the life of the party. Affenpinscher owners say they love being “owned” by their little monkey dogs.
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Affenpinscher are not terriers but were originally trained to catch mice and other rodents, much like the miniature schnauzer. The Affen was fortunate, though, because it got to chase mice in the house rather than in a cold, nasty barn.
Affenpinscher are hypoallergenic class of dog, but they do shed. They don’t require a lot of grooming. You should strip their coats on a regular basis.
With a life span of 12 to 15 years, Affens are typical of most purebred toy dogs. The Afferpinscher was recognized as a distinct breed by the AKC in 1936 and won the Westminster Kennel Club’s best in show prize in 2013. It should be more popular than its 148 of 196 AKC popularity ranking. If you want a loyal, brave, and entertaining companion, you should consider an Affenpinscher, the little monkey dog!