Affenpinscher is believed to be the breed that brought about the development of the various smaller wire coated breeds throughout Europe such as the Brussels Griffon and the Miniature Schnauzer. Affenpinscher weighing is 7 to 9 pounds (3-4 kg) and not exceeding 11 inches (24-30 cm) in height at the withers. Affenpinscher has harsh rough coat and a monkey-like expression (Affe means monkey in German). Affenpinscher coat is shaggier over the head and shoulders forming a mane, with shorter coat over the back and hind quarters. It is harsh and wiry in texture. The FCI and UK breed standards specifies that the coat must be black, but the AKC also allows gray, silver, red, black and tan, and belge
Unlike other toy dogs, Afferpinscher’s head is proportionate to its body. The eyes are round and dark and have just the right size for the head. The eyes don’t bulge or protrude and the eye rims are black. Where the ears are concerned is not that important as long as the monkey-like appearance is kept. His ears may be erect, semi-erect or dropped.
The Affenpinscher is an intelligent dog and does not mind change, which makes them great traveling companions. Exercise is good for every dog, so make sure the Appenpinscher gets a walk or other activity daily. His athletic ability and intelligence make him a contender in dog sports such as agility, obedience and rally. When it comes to training, he’s more tractable and obedient than some toy breeds.
The Affenpinscher is an alert, energetic and serious dog that feels a great need to protect its master and property, regardless of the fact that it is a tiny breed.