The Affenpinscher breed originated in Europe as a farm dog. They were originally bred as ratters in homes, stables and shops. Overtime, the breed of Affenpinschers grew smaller and thus make them a perfect home companions however, they still helped flushing out the rats away.
In 1936 the American Kennel Club official registered the Affenpinscher breed. The Affenpinscher helped shape several major breeds in Europe, including the Brussels Griffon and Miniature Schnauzer.
The modern Affenpinschers (means “monkey terrier” in German) are small, square-built dogs that have wiry, dense coats that come in tan, black, black and tan, gray, silver and red. Their hairy round heads have short muzzles, dark eyes and black noses.
Affenpinschers have a delightful fearlessness. They have no idea how little they are like many other small dog breeds. The Affens may look sturdy but these are fragile pups. Make sure that they are always on a leash when in public and handle them carefully. Always watch where you step and sit for this small dog could be right beneath you.
Affens weighs 6 to 9 pounds and can grow 9 to 11 inches. This adorable breed can live as long as 12 years. The thick coats of the Affenpinschers should be brushed several times in a week to prevent matting.