Weighing 7 to 8 pounds (3-4 kg) and
not exceeding 10.25 inches (26-27 cm) in height at the
withers, the Affenpinscher has bushy eyebrows, shaggy
hair, and a monkey-like appearance. The coat is medium
long and is harsh and wiry in texture. The FCI breed
standards specifies that the coat must be black, but
the AKC also allows gray, silver, red, black and tan,
and beige; other clubs have their own lists of acceptable
colours, with black always being the preference.
Affenpinschers have an appearance that
some associate with terriers. They are different from
terriers, however, in that they are actually part of
the pinscher-schnauzer subgroup of group 2 in the FCI
classification so often get along with other dogs and
pets. They are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn,
but they are also fun-loving and playful. The breed
is confident, lively, affectionate towards family members
and also very protective of them. This loyal little
dog enjoys being with its family. It needs consistent,
firm training because some can be quite difficult to
housebreak. The training should be varied because the
dog can easily become bored.
Affenpinschers are somewhat territorial
when it comes to their toys and food, so they are not
recommended for very small children. This dog is mostly
quiet but can become very excited if attacked or threatened
and shows no fear toward any aggressor. It is best suited
for a family who likes a show and has a sense of humor.
The breed can be expected to live about
14-15 years. It is one of the healthiest breeds, with
no known genetic health problems.