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Affenpinscher

Affenpinschers are small, compact dogs with rough coats and a monkey-like expression.

About the Affenpinscher

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.

Combining a charming, cheeky personality and bold nature with quick-thinking and intelligence, the Affenpinscher makes an excellent family pet.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Group
FCI Group 2, AKC Toy Group
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Confident / Alert / Loyal / Enthusiastic / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Makes a great family dog
  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Garden not essential

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Affenpinscher health

Health condition

Affenpinschers belong to the brachycephalic family that have as physical features a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to buy from a responsible breeder and to seek counsels from your veterinarian. 

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