Breed Characteristics

Alert; a barker. Needs constant company. Playful. Able to climb. Sensitive to extreme temperatures. Still a ruthless mice hunter. Probably do best with an experienced dog owner.

Is the Affenpinscher allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



Germany or Eastern Europe, 1600s. The first Affenpinschers were thought to be larger in size as they were farm dogs working as ratters, the breed was miniaturised and became a house pet during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Original Purpose

Killing small vermin; lapdogs.

Behaviour and Temperament

Fearless, Obstinate, loyal, playful & mischievous, inquisitive game, lively, busy.

What are some Physical Features of the Affenpinscher?

The Affenpinscher stands between 25 and 30 cm tall; weighs from 4 to 6 kg. They can come in colours varying from reddish, yellowish, part grey-white, part black-grey, dark grey or pure black. It is named “Monkey Terrier” because of its monkey-like facial structure and expression.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Harsh, wiry dense outer coat. Moderately high maintenance; must be brushed several times a week (and will still look untidy). Should be professionally shaped and trimmed every quarter. Show dogs must be stripped, while pets can be clipped (clipping ruins the coat for many years). The Affenpinscher’s hair at the corners of his eyes can at times overgrow and cause irritation to the eyes, be sure to deal with such circumstances promptly. This breed has insignificant shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Affenpinscher

12 to 14 years.

Have a Affenpinscher?

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia, Legg-Perthes disease, patellar luxation (floating kneecap) and respiratory issues in hot weather.

Exercise Needs

Moderate to high; small enough to have his exercise needs met easily with daily walks, although play will take care of much of these needs.


Ideal for apartment life. They are very lively indoors and will do okay without a yard. Overly warm living conditions may damage their coat.


Inclined to bond with one person. Must be closely supervised with infants and toddlers; gets along fine with gentle, older children. Good with other pets if socialised early.


Average; the Affenpinscher needs consistent firm training. Some may be difficult to housebreak.

Recommended Activities

Obedience, agility.