The wiry-haired little Affenpinscher derives its name from its resemblance to the monkey (Affe, in German) and its kinship to the Pinscher. Related they may be, but the Affenpinscher can hardly be confused with the Pinscher, a miniature replica of the Dobermann. Indeed, with its small, impish head, it most closely resembles a non-relative, the Griffon Bruxellois. Apart from its value as a show dog, the Affenpinscher is a likeable and lively companion. Extremely curious, exuberant but obedient, it is also a brave and alert watch-dog. In addition, it is a determined rodent hunter and in the country can track quail and rabbits.
Origin of Affenpinscher
Some people claim that the Affenpinscher is descended from the Griffon Bruxellois, while others vehemently insist that it was the other way around-that the Affenpinscher actually originated the Griffon Bruxellois line. In fact, both breeds could have descended from an extinct German Pinscher.
Characteristics of Affenpinscher
General appearance: small, stocky. Trotting gait.
Height: 22.8 to 28 cm (9 to 11 in.). Under American standards. no more than 29.2 cm (11'/2 in.).
Weight: 2.7 to 4 kg (6 to 9 lb). Under F.C.I. and American standards not specified.
Head: rounded but not too heavy, full domed forehead. Short, blunt muzzle. Black nose and lips. Can be slightly undershot but teeth must not protrude.
Eyes: deep, round, sparkling, prominent but not bulging, surrounded by a ring of shaggy hair.
Ears: set high, upright, or neat drop ear. Under F.C.I. standards and American standards, may be cropped.
Body: square. Level back, Short, straight back. Barrel shaped chest.
Tail: not docked in Australia . Usually docked short and carried high elsewhere.
Forequarters: legs straight, elbows close.
Hindquarters: Hocks set well under the body. Legs well balanced below croup.
Feet: small, round, compact. Toes tight and arched, Hard, dark, strong pads.
Coat: stiff and plentiful Shaggy around the face, giving monkey-like appearance.
Color: preferably black.
Practical information about Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher is uncomfortable in very warm homes and tends to lose its coat. Vitamins and daily brushings minimize its discomfort. Eyes should be checked regularly. Before the dog is ten days old, the tail should be docked to two-thirds its length. If the ears are to be cropped, the dog should be between eight and ten weeks of age.