The Affenpinscher is rough
haired, small and compact with a monkey-like expression.
ratio of length to height shall make his build appear as
square as possible.
alert, persistent and devoted, sometimes full of quick-tempered
passion. He is an agreeable family dog in all aspects.
Skull : Round rather than elongated,
altogether not too heavy, high domed with pronounced
Stop: Clearly defined.
Nose: Noseleather round, full and black.
Muzzle: Short and straight, not curved
upwards. Bridge of nose straight
Lips :Tight-fitting to the jaws. Lips
Jaws/Teeth : Complete (42 teeth) set
of pure white teeth. The lower jaw protrudes beyond
the upper jaw and is slightly turned upwards. The incisors
in a healthy mouth are set as regularly as possible
in a slightly rounded row. The canines and the incisors
must not be visible when the mouth is closed, neither
must the Affenpinscher show his tongue when the mouth
is closed. The lack of two of the PM1, PM2 or PM3, or
a combination of two of these teeth is tolerated.
Eyes: Dark, rather round and full.
Black pigmented, close fitting eyelids, framed by a
circle of harsh hair.
Ears: Set on high, carried evenly,
turned forward. V-shaped, the inner edges lying close
to the head. Prick ears should be small, evenly erect
and carried as upright as possible.
strong, rather short with strong set on. Throat skin tight
fitting without folds.
BODY : Strong, square and compact.
Topline: Slightly sloping in an almost
straight line from the withers towards the rear .
Withers: Forming the highest point of
Back: Strong, short and taut.
Loin : Short and strong. The distance
from last rib to hip is short to make the dog appear compact.
Croup: Short, slightly rounded, imperceptibly
blending into the tail set on.
Chest: Only slightly flattened at sides,
moderately broad, reaching to beyond the level of the
Underline and belly : Belly moderately
tucked up. Underline and topline (from withers to tail
set on) are more or less parallel.
FOREQUARTERS: Front legs
sturdy, straight, parallel and not close together.
Shoulders: Well muscled. The shoulder
blade is long, sloping (at an angle of appr. 45° )
Upper arm: Lying close to the body, strong
Elbows : Correctly fitting, turning neither
in nor out.
Forearm: Strongly developed. Straight
when seen from any direction.
Carpal joint: Firm and strong.
Pastern: Vertical seen from the front,
slightly sloping towards the ground when seen from the
side. Strongly developed and muscled.
Forefeet: Short and round. Toes well-knit
and arched (cat feet), pads resistant, nails short, strong
Seen from side, standing obliquely with moderate angulation.
Seen from rear, parallel.
Upper thigh: Strongly muscled, broad.
Stifle: Turning neither in nor out.
Lower thigh :Long and strong.
Hock: Moderately angulated.
Metatarsus : Vertical to the ground.
Hind feet: Somewhat longer than forefeet.
Toes well-knit and arched. Nails short and black.
Relaxed, fluent, mincing with moderate drive from the hindquarters.
Seen from the front and the rear, straight forward and parallel.
fitting over the whole body.
HAIR : The body coat
should be harsh and dense. The head is typically adorned
by bushy, bristly eyebrows and wreath-like hair surrounding
the eyes, by an impressive beard, by the top knot and
by the hair on the cheeks. The coat on the head should
be as hard, straggly and sticking out as possible. It
contributes essentially to the monkey-like general expression.
COLOUR : Pure black
with black undercoat.
at withers : Dogs and bitches 25 to 30 cm
Weight: Dogs and bitches : appr. 4 to
: Any departure from the foregoing points should
be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the
fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion
to its degree. Particularly:
- Clumsy, light, low or leggy build.
- Light eyes.
- Low set, very long or unevenly carried ears.
- Fly away ears.
- Too long, tucked up or soft back.
- Roach back.
- Croup falling away.
- Tail set inclined towards head.
- Hindquarters too angulated or open hocked.
- Long feet.
- Short, soft, wavy, shaggy, silky, white or spotted coat.
- Over- or undersize up to 1 cm.
- Lack of sexual type (i.e. doggy bitch).
- Too fine bones.
- Muzzle Griffon-like upturned or long.
- Too markedly undershot or pincer bite.
- Protruding eyes.
- Elbows turning out.
- Hocks turning in.
- Over- or undersize by more than 1 cm but less than 2
- Aggresive or overly shy.
- Malformation of any kind.
- Lack of breed type.
- Severe faults in individual parts, such as faults in
structure, coat and colour.
- Faults in mouth such as a scissor bite or wry mouth.
- Over- or undersize by more than 2 cm.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.