Zwergaffen, Monkey Griffon, Monkey Terrier

This small, sturdy and solid dog is not particularly difficult. With no specific pathology and requiring no special grooming, he is ideal for all types of owners. His small size makes him perfect for people with reduced mobility or people who no longer have the physical ability to walk a large dog.

Height 25 to 30 cm
Weight 4 to 6 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need Medium
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the Affenpinscher


  • Devoted to his family
  • Protector in case of danger
  • Good learning abilities
  • Courageous


  • Short and sturdy
  • Compact appearance
  • Full dress and rough coat
  • Whiskers, beard and tuft


  • Quite delicate
  • Sometimes affected by intestinal issues
  • No serious diseases characterize the breed

Temperament of the Affenpinscher

This little dog resembles a monkey in every way. Regularly using his forelegs for both playing and hunting, the Affenpinscher lives up to his nickname of Monkey Griffon or Monkey Terrier.

Very attached to his family, he can become extremely protective in case of danger. Possessing a very developed character, his education is essential.

This very intelligent little dog has excellent learning abilities and it is imperative to teach him to socialize from a young age to avoid potential aggression when facing danger or strangers.

Dreadful hunter, courage, gentleness and affection are among his great qualities. This cheeky little rascal (so called by the Americans) can sometimes be very stubborn and go-getter, hence the need for a good education to ensure that he responds well to commands.

Breed Appearance


This short, sturdy little dog has a compact appearance. He has a dense coat and harsh hair forming a bushy appearance on the head and a crown eye frame. Whiskers, a beard and a tuft complete the picture.


Between 25 and 30 cm (9.84 to 11.81 inches) for the male
Between 25 and 30 cm (9.84 to 11.81 inches) for the female


Between 4 and 6 kg (8.82 to 13.23 pounds) for the male
Between 4 and 6 kg (8.82 to 13.23 pounds) for the female


His coat is rather of uniform black color but brown or black stripes and spots are allowed.


His hair is pretty full and hard.


His head is pretty round. His eyes are small dark balls. His ears are set high and form an upside down v-shape. His nose is black. His uncut, sabre-shaped tail is set high.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 1 and is #186

Characteristics of the Affenpinscher

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Affenpinscher puppy: between 1300 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1600 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Tips About this breed

This little dog can be happy in an apartment with or without a garden, just as he will be happy in a large house with a large garden. No particular family situation is preferable, but caution should be exercised with young children. It's best to teach very small children to respect him because sudden movements from a very young child can be misinterpreted by the dog.

Normal exercise is part of his daily routine, so he will be an excellent companion to family, elderly people or anyone who wants a gentle, affectionate small dog.

Even if his small size does not give him the attribute of guard dog as such, he can still be called alarm dog because he will avoid the intrusion of malicious individuals by barking.

Health of the Affenpinscher

Despite being robust, the Affenpinscher is like all other small dog breeds and is still quite delicate. He can be affected by intestinal problems, but no serious illness is characteristic of the breed.


The Affenpinscher requires no special maintenance. Regular brushing and a little daily exercise will make him happy. A salt-rich diet during the moulting period is highly recommended.

History of this breed

Since the official origins of the breed are not well known, it is assumed that the Affenpinscher originated in Germany, as his ancestors were used by the locals to hunt rodents.

As early as the 15th century, the Affenpinscher made his appearance on German portraits. The country's bourgeoisie greatly appreciated the smaller specimens of the breed. The Affenpinscher is thought to be a cross between the Pug and the German Pinscher.

The number of specimens was greatly reduced during the Second World War. They are even rarer today, even in Germany. Nowadays, this small, monkey-like dog is considered to be mainly a companion dog.

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