The Affenpinscher is believed to be one of the oldest toy dog breeds, which appeared in Germany in the 17th century. Although the Affenpinscher was then larger than the dog we know today, it is believed that the ancestors of these dogs existed much earlier, being depicted in paintings as early as the 15th century.
The Affenpinscher was initially bred and maintained as a form of pest control in kitchens and stables, as these active Terriers have been shown to be effective in keeping rat numbers low. By the end of the 19th century, the breed was fully established in southern Germany and was a favorite dog of the rich and famous. The Affenpinscher was imported to the United States after World War II, where there are more Affenpinscher today than anywhere else in the world combined.
Affenpinschers have a distinctive appearance that is often associated with terriers. The Affenpinscher’s small body is covered in coarse, coarse fur that tends to be black or gray in color, and is actually quite long for such a small dog.
The Affenpinscher’s head is domed, with a short muzzle, small ears, and dark eyes, and its typical “monkey” expression is exaggerated by its protruding lower lip. Their tails are relatively short. Historically, the Affenpinscher’s tail would have been clipped and the ancestors of the current breed were found in a variety of colors, including red, fawn, and beige, and would have been larger in size.
Despite its distinctive terrier-like appearance, the Affenpinscher is different from other Terriers in that they are actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer subgroup. These characteristics make the Affenpinscher not only small, active and loyal, but also get along well with other dogs and pets.
Some of the most distinguishing features of the Affenpinschers are that they are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are also fun and playful. The breed is confident, lively, and loving towards family members, but their loyalty to them also makes them very protective of them.
Affenpinschers can be a bit territorial when it comes to toys and food, so they’re not recommended for families with very young children. This dog is generally calm but can become very agitated when threatened, showing no fear of any aggressor.
The Affenpinscher breed we know today was first bred in Germany in the late 17th century as a house rat. These dogs would have been at least 12 inches tall (some believe they are getting bigger), making them significantly larger than today’s dog.
Crossing with other domestic breeds in the early 1900s resulted in the smaller, flat-faced Affenpinscher which was imported to the United States several decades later. Despite the fact that there are a number of this breed in the United States, the Affenpinscher has never become a popular dog choice in Britain, with fewer than 30 breeders in the country today. On average, Affenpinschers produce only a few pups per litter, which are blind at birth.
Affenpinscher Interesting Facts
The Affenpinscher was first named in 17th-century Germany as Zwergaffenpinscher, which literally means baby-monkey, due to its curious monkey-like expression. However, when Affenpinscher numbers disappeared during the war, the hound was bred with other small breeds, including the Brussels Griffon, leading to today’s desired breed.
Interestingly, the Affenpinscher had been used years earlier in the creation of the Brussels Griffon, which when reproduced with the Affenpinscher, resulted in a shorter snout and more prominent chin. As with nearly all domestic dog breeds, there are several health problems associated with the Affenpinscher. The most common ailments are caused by such a curious and active nature, which often leads to a series of cuts and bruises along with broken bones.