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Affenpinscher profile

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Lifespan: 10-12 Years

Avg height: 24-28cm

Avg weight: 3-4kg

Coat type: Rough, and of uneven length.

Coat colours: Commonly all black, though some grey colouration may occur around the face. Silver, red, black and tan colours may also be seen.

Originally bred for: Watch dog and hunting rats.

Breed traits: Bright, determined, stubborn, playful, active.


A little about the Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is one of Europe's oldest toy breeds and is affectionately known as "Monkey -Terrier". Playful, bold, and sometimes stubborn, this mischievous terrier is suited to a family with an active lifestyle and a sense of fun.




Generally very healthy, the Affenpinscher's typical health concerns include Patella Luxation, Corneal Ulcers, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Open Fontanel, Legg-Perthes and Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome.

A day in the life of "Leo"


I walk over to the big fluffy chair that my mum always sits on at night. She’s not there yet. She must be sleeping. There’s no time for that! I scurry over to her room, but the door is shut. She must know it’s time for a play. I need to get her up, she’s missing out. I’m missing out. I jump up and down, scratching her door. Surely, she’ll hear me, surely, she can’t resist play time. Finally, I hear movement, a big yawn, and footsteps coming toward me. It’s show time!

I can’t contain my excitement and start doing my little dance, my tail wagging and all.

‘Leo you big ball of energy, let’s get you some food’ my Mum says.

Did I hear food! Time to eat, but I must finish it quickly so there’s more time for play. Hurry up Mum.

I quickly finish eating and sprint toward Mum on her couch with my ball. A big leap up and I’m on her lap. Another big jump back down and I run off to find my special ball. The quicker I do it, the more I can play…


Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.