What you should know about Affenpinscher dogs

Alternative Name

Monkey Dog~ Moustached Little Devil

Basic Info

Weighing 7 to 8 pounds (3-4 kg) and not exceeding 11 inches (24-28 cm) in height at the withers~ the Affenpinscher has harsh rough coat and a monkey-like expression. His coat is shaggier over the head and shoulders forming a mane~ with shorter coat over the back and hind quarters. It is harsh and wiry in texture. The FCI and UK breed standards specifies that the coat must be black~ but the AKC also allows gray~ silver~ red~ black and tan~ and beige; other clubs have their own lists of acceptable colours~ with black being the preference.


The breed is German in origin and dates back to the seventeenth century. Its name is derived from the German affe ("ape", "monkey") . The breed predates and is ancestral to the Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon) and Miniature Schnauzer. Dogs of the Affenpinscher type have been known since about 1600 but these were somewhat larger, about 12 to 13 inches, and came in colors of gray, black, fawn, black and tan, gray and tan, and even red. White feet and chest were also common. The breed was created to be a ratter, working to remove rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables [read more about Affenpinscher dog ]