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The Affenpinscher is a very old dog, of small size, which has a very recognizable compact appearance, mainly because of its head with a slightly pouting expression and which has the characteristics of a small monkey. This dog belongs to the group of Pinschers, Schnauzers, Molossians and Swiss Cattle Dogs. Fearless and stubborn, he is also balanced and loyal to his master. A pleasant dog to live with.

  • Size: 25cm to 30cm
  • Weight: 4kg to 6kg
  • Long hair
  • Colors: black, grey, red or beige
  • Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years
  • Gestation period: 63 days

Description and characteristics of the Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a small, compact-bodied dog that is easily recognized by its round head. The latter has the characteristic of resembling that of a monkey, for its shape, but also for its frowning appearance, its small black nose and its short snout. From this characteristic, the Affenpinscher gets its name, “affen” which means “monkey” in German.

The coat of this dog is composed of a thick, stiff and hard long coat, with also a generous undercoat. On the head, hair is abundant, especially at the height of the eyebrows, around the eyes, also reminiscent of the monkey. The Affenpinscher also has a fuller beard and a tuft above its head.

The Affenpinscher’s ears are small, V-shaped, and always carried erect. You can also recognize this dog by its trot.

Origin of the Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a very old dog originating in Germany where it was considered a pet, but also used as a rodent hunter. Engravings attest to its existence as early as the 15th century and the breed was recognized from the end of the 19th century. The ancestors of today’s Affenpinscher are Wirehaired Pinschers. Although it is quite popular, it remains a very rare dog.

Affenpinscher Character and Behavior – Who is it for?

The Affenpinscher is valued as a pet as much for its wisdom as for its vivacity and exuberance. He can become a real clown. He is also a very affectionate, loyal and devoted dog. He is an excellent guard dog, as he tends to bark a lot in the presence of people outside his family.

The Affenpinscher particularly appreciates the presence of children to play with, one of his favorite activities.

How to care for your Affenpinscher: your needs

The Affenpinscher is a dog that adapts well to city and apartment life. His exercise needs aren’t great, but he needs frequent walks because he has plenty of energy. Quite stubborn, it requires firm training from its master.

On the maintenance side, because of its thick and supplied hair, the Affenpinscher needs to be brushed every day.

Feeding the Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher does not require a special diet. Like all dogs, it must be of good quality, balanced and suitable for its age, health status and physical exercise.

The health of the Affenpinscher

Despite being quite robust, the Affenpinscher is a dog that has certain health issues such as intestinal transit disorders and is prone to dislocated kneecaps. As a child, he may be affected by “Legg-Perthes-Calvé” disease, which affects the head of the femur due to poor blood supply and which in particular causes him to limp. On the other hand, the Affenpinscher can also be affected by a heart defect which, if not treated quickly, can be fatal.

Affenpinscher puppy price

The price of an Affenpinscher puppy will depend on sex, parent pedigree, compliance with breed standards, etc.

  • Price of an Affenpinscher male: €850 to €1,400
  • Price of a female Affenpinscher: €1,200 to €1,600

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