Original Name : Affenpinscher
Type : Molossoid
Male size : 10-12 inches
Male weight : 9-13¼ lbs
Female size : 10-12 inches
Female weight : 9-13¼ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Germany
Affenpinschers are small, compact dogs with rough coats and a monkey-like expression. Intrepid, alert, tenacious and faithful, sometimes passionate and quick-tempered, but certainly a family breed.
The skull is rather round and elongated, highly domed with a pronounced forehead and clearly defined stop.
Solid, square and compact. The topline from the withers slopes slightly towards the rear, forming an almost straight line. The withers is the highest point of the topline. The back is strong, short and firm.
Pure black with black undercoat
Set high, pointing forward in symmetry in the shape of an inverse V. The inner edges are close to the head.
Natural. A saber or sickle tail is sought after.
Harsh and dense on the body
In southern Germany Affenpinschers are family dogs whose ancestors were depicted in wood carvings by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). The first Affenpinschers were registered in the stud book in 1879. These toy dogs, which were very popular at the beginning of the 20th century, were developed from rough-coated Pinschers. The ring of hair around the head emphasizes the ape-like expression. Colors originally ranged from a solid yellow shade, reddish or grayish-white to dark gray, or grayish black to pure black.Affenpinschers belong to the large family of German dogs that most famously includes Schnauzers. They are the smaller, rarest breed in the family, but also certainly the most original looking. Their gait is relaxed and fluent.
Head hair is a distinctive feature of Affenpinschers, forming bushy, bristly eyebrows, a ring around the eyes, an imposing beard, a top knot and side whiskers. It should be as hard and straggly as possible. These are essential to the monkey-like expression that gives the breed its name in German, where Affen means ape.