Affenpinscher Information


Started in 1982 by just a small number of enthusiasts, the Affenpinscher  Club has moved from strength to strength, having a far reaching membership of dog owners, exhibitors, breeders as well as good friends.
This Club’s primary goals are not any dissimilar to those of the vast majority of breed clubs, endorsing the breeding of pedigree Affenpinschers, sustaining breed type and developing the interests of the breed for generations to come of Affenpinscher followers.
The breed is without a doubt German in origin and extends back to the 17th century. Their name is produced from the German Affe (ape, monkey). The breed predates and it is ancestral to the Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon) as well as the Miniature Schnauzer.
Dogs of the Affenpinscher type have actually been identified since approximately 1600 however these were definitely considerably bigger, approximately 12 to 13 inches, and appeared in colours of grey, fawn, black and tan, grey and tan, as well as red.

Affenpinschers frequently show up on listings of dogs of which theoretically don’t moult. Nevertheless, each and every hair shaft on the dogs coat will grow from the hair follicle. Every single shaft incorporates a cycle of growing and then dying and being replaced by way of yet another shaft. Once the hair shaft dies, the coat is shed. Just how long the cycle of growing and shedding can vary by breed, age, and also by whether or not the dog is usually an inside or outside dog. “Truth be told there isn’t any such thing as a non-shedding breed.”

Breed Group; Toy Dog
Height; General: 9 inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.
Weight; General: 7 to 9 pounds
Life Span; 12 to 14 years


The breed is self-assured, energetic, loving toward members of the family as well as being extremely protective of them. This faithful small dog loves simply being with family members. It requires steady, firm instruction due to the fact that many can be extremely challenging to housebreak. The actual training ought to be diverse since the dog can readily lose interest. The Affenpinscher possesses a terrier like character.
Affenpinschers tend to be relatively territorial with regards to his or her playthings and food, so they really will not be suitable for really small youngsters. This particular breed is mainly calm but sometimes becomes quite fired up if threatened and exhibits simply no fear towards any kind of aggressor. It’s better fitted to a household which enjoys a show and possesses a real sense of humour.


Affenpinschers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Affenpinschers will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed. Find a good breeder who will show you health clearances for both your puppy’s parents.


IMPORTANT.  An Affenpinscher with exaggerated features is the result of bad breeding. Credit; The Breed Club Connection.

Patellar Luxation;

Also known as “slipped stifles,” this is a common problem in small dogs. It is caused when the patella, which has three parts–the femur (thigh bone), patella (knee cap), and tibia (calf)–is not properly lined up. This causes lameness in the leg or an abnormal gait, sort of like a skip or a hop. It is a condition that is present at birth although the actual misalignment or luxation does not always occur until much later. The rubbing caused by patellar luxation can lead to arthritis, a degenerative joint disease. There are four grades of patellar luxation, ranging from grade I, an occasional luxation causing temporary lameness in the joint, to grade IV, in which the turning of the tibia is severe and the patella cannot be realigned manually. This gives the dog a bowlegged appearance. Severe grades of patellar luxation may require surgical repair.

Legg-Perthes Disease;

Generally a disease of small breeds, this condition–a deformity of the ball of the hip joint–usually appears at 6 to 9 months of age and can be confused with hip dysplasia. It causes wearing and arthritis. It can be repaired surgically, and the prognosis is good with the help of rehabilitation therapy afterward.
Hip Dysplasia: This is a heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness on one or both rear legs, but you may not notice any signs of discomfort in a dog with hip dysplasia. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop – any sign of this, X-ray screening for hip dysplasia is a must.  Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. If you’re buying a puppy, ask the breeder for proof that the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia and are free of problems. Hip dysplasia is hereditary, but it can also be triggered by environmental factors, such as rapid growth from a high-calorie diet or injuries incurred from jumping or falling on slick floors.

Heart Murmurs:

Heart Murmurs are caused by a disturbance in the blood flow through the chambers of the heart. They’re an indicator that there may be a disease or condition of the heart that will need to be monitored and treated.