This gorgeous dog is believed to have originated in Germany. Its name, Affenpinscher, translates as ‘Monkey Terrier’ which describes this little dog very well. In the farmlands of Germany they survived by hunting rats and mice and so protected the farmers' supply of winter food. The two World Wars nearly wiped out the breed, but thanks to some dedicated people it is thriving again.
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
The Affenpinscher is a quaint, comical dog that loves company, and loves to show off to their owners. They are eager to please, usually quiet and they will only bark if something unusual is happening within its territory. They are not really happy in a kennel, but will adapt.
Compatibility with other pets
These happy dogs will mix with almost any other pets in the household, especially when they are raised together from and early age.
The Affenpinscher needs little grooming, just a weekly comb or brush and a bath occasionally. You will need to trim the hair around its feet and keep its toe-nails trimmed, but they do prefer the scruffy look - this helps with the hair around the face hence the popular name ‘Monkey Dog’.