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Affenpinschers are a wiry-haired toy dog breed with a demeanour that makes them a suitable household pet. Despite their small size, these dogs are very playful and high-spirited. They’re also bold and extremely loyal.

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The Ultimate Guide to Affenpinschers

Key Characteristics Of Affenpinschers
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Affenpinscher Puppy?
Most Asked Affenpinscher Questions
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Affenpinschers are a wiry-haired toy dog breed with a demeanour that makes them a suitable household pet. Despite their small size, these dogs are very playful and high-spirited. They’re also bold and extremely loyal.


Affenpinscher Origins

The Affenpinscher is a dog that originated in Germany. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Germans bred these dogs to be ratters. In other words, they were kept mainly to help in controlling rodent population in granaries, kitchens and stables.

At that time, they were much bigger than the Affenpinchers we see today. They were about 30 cm tall and weighed between 3 – 6 kgs.

The background of this breed is not well recorded. But, it is believed that they resulted from crossing German Pinschers with Asian imported breeds.

Regardless of their origins, Affenpinschers contributed to the development of other toy breeds. In particular, the rough-coated Miniature Schnauzer and Brussels Griffon.

During the onset of World War II, Affenpinschers nearly became extinct. What saved this breed were a few fanciers who cross-bred the remaining German stock with Griffon Bruxellois.

The result was an Affenpinscher with a unique face. Their monkey-like face is what identifies the breed today.


Key Characteristics of Affenpinschers

Are Cavoodles Family-Friendly?These dogs get on well with their owners. But because of their small size, they are better suited for families with older kids as toddlers can be a bit rough.
Daily Exercise Needs?A short walk for half an hour or so is enough.

As cavoodles are playful, they burn off energy throughout the day. They do so by playing with a range of toys, which keep them mentally stimulated.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsCavoodles may suffer from:
● Syringomyelia- a condition where their skulls turn out to be too small for their brains.
● Mitral Valve Disease- it’s a condition that affects the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
● Cataracts- it’s characterized by the formation of a cloudy membrane over your dog’s eye.
Lifespan10 to 14 years.
Nature / Temperament
Cavoodles are a gentle and sweet-natured dog breed. They are lively and friendly dogs that are very sociable. This is not surprising since both of their parents have these traits.

Even though they look like teddy bears, these dogs are intelligent as they are trainable.
Both males and females weigh between 5 and 12 kg

30 to 35 cm
Suitable EnvironmentThis is mainly an indoor dog. Its small size makes it perfect for an apartment. Plus, it does not create a mess at home. Although it has a curious nature, the Cavoodle likes observing its surrounding silently.
GroomingThey are non-shedding to low shedding dogs. But even though they don’t shed that much, their fur still needs regular grooming. It’s a good idea to brush their coat on a weekly basis to prevent it from getting tangled.

Other considerations:

● Affenpinschers are classified as a toy breed, meaning they’re very fragile. As such, they need gentle handling to prevent injuries.

● These dogs have an endearing boldness. Like most toy breeds, they don’t know just how small they are.

● Affens come in different coat colours. The most common are black, grey, silver, red, beige and a black and tan combo.

● They are your all-weather friend. They can adjust to most weather conditions well..

● They also make excellent travel companions, thanks to their small size.


How can I take good care of my Affenpinscher or Affenpinscher Puppy?


As with most terriers, Affenpinschers tend to have large appetites for food. But being toy dogs, they shouldn’t eat much. Approximately two meals of a quarter cup of dry dog food should be sufficient.


Affenpinschers have a dense and rough coat, which has a thickness of about 1 inch. The good thing about this coat is that it naturally looks clean.

Therefore, they don’t need too much grooming. Brushing their coats at least once a week is enough to get rid of debris and loose hairs. To make brushing easier, use your fingers to break up tangles.

With Affenpinschers, it takes a lot more than brushing to achieve their distinctive look.

Recommended Grooming Tips:

● Check their ears weekly.

● Toy breeds are prone to periodontal diseases. Brush their teeth several times a week to get rid of bacteria.

● Trimming their nails 1 – 2 times per month is also necessary.


Affenpinschers are dogs that are full of energy. As such, they should be exposed to active forms of exercise, but not for extended periods.

  • Walks – short walk (20 minutes), moderate or brisk walk (30 – 40 minutes)
  • Open field – the Affenpinscher enjoys being out in the field. Engage them in simple games, especially games that involve short bursts of running.


Although highly-intelligent, Affenpinschers can be stubborn at times. They can also become bored if the training sessions are not interesting.

When training, make it clear that you are the pack leader. Also, try to make the training fun and be consistent.

Most Asked Affenpinscher Questions

What is it like to live with Affenpinschers?

These dogs are generally a delightful household pet. While most get along well with toddlers, you might come across a few that are not fond of the high energy of kids.

As a result of their heritage as rodent hunters, they don’t fare well with small pets, especially rodents.

And even though they’re described as hypoallergenic, some may shed a little, therefore needing regular grooming.

Do they make good watch dogs?

They can. There’s a lot more to this breed than their cute, ape-like appearance. Affenpinschers have a courageous personality, which potentially makes them good guard dogs.

Are they high-energy dogs?

In most cases they are.

Despite their ancestry as pinschers, these dogs are terrier-like in spirit and character. This explains their propensity to climb, dig and play around. So if you’re looking for a laid back breed, the Affenpinscher is not the best choice.

How much do Affenpinschers cost?

Affenpinscher puppies for sale cost between $1000 and $3000 approximately.

Compared to other breeds, Affenpinschers have smaller litter sizes. This, coupled with their low numbers in Australia contributes to their higher cost.

Who is the ideal owner for an Affenpinscher?

These dogs are suitable for families with older kids. They’re also great for active seniors.

This is general information and should not be relied on as adoption or purchasing advice.

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