The Affenpinscher is a balanced, terrier-like breed with wiry hair that the breed standard describes as "neat but shaggy" in appearance. It walks with a light, confident gait. Due to their somewhat odd appearance, Affenpinschers have been likened to Wookies and Ewoks and given multiple nicknames—including "ape terrier" and "monkey dog." The French refer to Affens as "diablotin moustachu," which means "mustached little devil."
Lifespan: 12–15 yr
Height: 9–11 in
Weight: 5–14 lb
Regular grooming—including baths—is required to keep Affens looking their best. Brushing with a small brush and metal comb can help remove cast-off hair and mats. And professional groomers can ensure your Affenpinscher keeps its "monkey-faced" appearance. (Since Affens have slow-growing hair, you can go a few months between trims.) Trimming nails, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth should also be part of your Affenpinscher's grooming routine.
To ensure your Affenpinscher doesn't become overweight, measure out meals, and reduce portions if necessary. Affens thrive on a high-quality diet designed for their life stage (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). You might also consider foods specially formulated for small breeds.
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