Outgoing, charming, lively and spirited you’ll wonder how you ever lived without an Affenpinscher. They are wonderful family pets and hypoallergenic.


Affectionately nicknamed ‘the monkey dog’ due to their appearance, this mischievous, charming dog will have the family in fits of giggles. They are quirky and spirited little dogs who show great affection for their family. The more time they can spend with you the happier they are. Affenpinschers have many terrier characteristics including being sensitive, proud and not taking kindly to being teased. They get along wonderfully with children but make sure your pet isn’t poked and prodded in a way they dislike. You can even get another cat as Affenpinschers, if socialised from a young age, will befriend all other pets (except rodents as it’s in their nature to hunt small animals).

Fun fact: Affenpinschers will walk around on their back legs just for fun!

Affenpinschers are highly intelligent dogs and responds well to calm, patient training. They also make great watchdogs and will alert you to every noise. Non-invited guests beware, an Affenpinscher will let you know you’re not welcome by constant loud barking. Invited guests need not worry though. If you enjoy a gentle daily stroll around the park but not much more, an Affenpinscher is the dog for you. They also enjoy playing games. An apartment suits this dog just fine but make sure you take your dog for a daily workout to keep them happy. Their coat is naturally untidy looking so grooming is super easy. Groom your Affenpinscher by brushing weekly to remove dead hairs. Affenpinschers shed little and are hypoallergenic.

Scheduled six-monthly health checks and visits to the vet are important to ensure your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. It’s important that together with your vet a preventative healthcare program is determined and maintained based on the individual needs of your canine companion. Broken bones are common in this breed as well as some eye diseases.



Affenpinschers are a small-sized breed weighing 3-4kg with a height of 24-28cm.


This breed is happy living in any space, including an apartment.

Energy Levels

Affenpinschers have moderate energy levels. A daily stroll and plenty of games will keep this dog happy.  

Difficulty Of Training

They are intelligent dogs but consistent training is key.

Family suitability

They are great family pets, loyal companions and watchdogs, however they aren’t suited to young children.

Suitability to other pets

They love to meet new friends, including cats and dogs if socialised from a young age.

Need for company

They have a moderate need for company and enjoy playing games with their family.  

Hypoallergenic dog breed?


Coat and grooming needs

This breed is low maintenance. Brush weekly and check ears and eyes regularly. Their coat is generally black. Some may have grey discolouration or silver, tan or red discolourations around the face and chest.  


They shed little.

Tendency to bark

They have a high tendency to bark so expect frequent conversation.

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