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Hypoallergenic breed Hypoallergenic breed

Hair type Long
Origin Germany
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 4 kg to 6 kg From 25 cm to 30 cm
Male From 4 kg to 6 kg From 25 cm to 30 cm
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History of the breed

The Affenpinscher   corresponds to a very old race . He descends from dogs represented as early as the 16th century by the German artist Albrecht Dürer on his wood engravings. The first records of Affenpinschers date back to 1879. From the beginning of the 20th century, these dogs developed on the basis of wire-haired Pinschers meet with great success. Over the selections, the black coat was favored over the other colors, including yellowish, reddish, grayish white and dark gray. The Affenpinscher breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on July 15, 1955.

Affenpinscher Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: hard, dense, forming a characteristic adornment on the head (bushy eyebrows, eyes framed in a crown, full beard, forelock and sideburns). The outer coat is associated with an undercoat.
Its color: completely black.
His head: round, with ape-like expression. The skull is rounded, the forehead well defined, the stop accentuated, the nose round and black, the nostrils well open, the muzzle and the muzzle straight, the lips well applied and black.
His ears: V-shaped, small in size, straight, well erect, set high and pointing forward.
His eyes: rounded, ball-shaped, dark in color.
Its body: robust, compact, fitting into a square. The back is strong, short and firm, the kidney is short and solid, the croup is slightly rounded towards the tail attachment, the chest slightly flattened on the sides, sell it moderately raised.
Its tail: carried in saber or sickle.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Affenpinscher   is an alert, courageous, loyal, determined and vigilant dog. He appreciates family life and is a pleasant companion for all his members, although some caution should be taken with children . The latter can, in fact, rush him. He can sometimes be stubborn.

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The Affenpinscher   requires a firm enough education to attenuate this strong head side which it can sometimes display, as well as its ardor. Other than that, his education is not very difficult. This dog must also be socialized early enough so that he can get along with his fellows and other animals he is called to meet.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Affenpinscher has the advantage of being able to adapt to all the lifestyles that its owner can offer it. He can quite live in an apartment if he is sufficiently walked and stimulated. He also enjoys the benefit of a large fenced garden in which he can run freely. It is suitable for most family situations, with special attention to be given to it in the presence of children. It is aimed at any type of master who is able to take care of it, because its education is not particularly complicated.


Ease of gaining weight

Thanks to its double coat, the Affenpinscher tolerates cold and humidity rather well , but not extreme weather conditions. The breed has a predisposition to certain diseases: persistence of the ductus arteriosus (cardiac malformation), dislocation of the patella , Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease (necrosis of the head and neck of the femur).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 3 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Affenpinscher is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Affenpinscher   is a fairly easy dog to care for . It does not require a lot of effort at this level, but maintenance must remain regular. During the moult, he experiences moderate hair loss , but it is recommended to give him a diet richer in salts during this period.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to properly maintain its coat. During the moult, brushing is to be done 2 to 3 times a week.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1300
1600 €

The purchase price of an Affenpinscher is between 1300 € and 1600 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Affenpinscher is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Affenpinscher loves to run and exercise , even if he is not a great athlete . A good daily walk embellished with stimulating games is enough to preserve one’s balance both physically and mentally.



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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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