This peppy dog has the face and impish nature of a monkey. After all, Affenpinscher in German means "monkey-terrier." And even though they are in the Toy Group of dogs, they act like bigger dogs as they proudly strut around.
Affenpinschers have fun-loving, sometimes mischievous, personalities. Because of their need for protection and their strong personalities, they can become deeply attached to their family. They prefer quiet kids. When it comes to most other animals, Affenpinschers get along fine, but if threatened by another dog, they can be fierce.
The Affenpinscher originated in central Europe, probably in the 1600s. He was one of several types of small terriers that moved from the barn where they caught rats, to the house, where they became beloved companions who also caught mice.
The Affenpinscher's wiry coat should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed twice a year. His color, usually black, can also be gray, silver, red, or black and tan.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: A little, wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog whose intelligence, appearance, and attitude make him a good house pet.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height--9 to 11 1/2 inches at the withers. Length of the body is approximately the same as the height. Females may be slightly longer.
Most Affenpinschers were found around the area of Munich, Germany. But many were also found in France. There his nickname is "little devil with a moustache."
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.