Affenpinschers are compact terrier-type dogs with a mischievous monkey like expression. They are the smaller version of a working terrier and therefore are not the delicate dogs. These small dogs have a harsh, shaggy coat, and longer hair all over the face. The undercoat is slightly curly. They have square-body, with a deep chest and round head with a pronounced stop. Their black eyes are prominent and rounded. The neck is short and arched and the limbs are straight and well boned. The tail is carried high and docked to two-thirds its length.
These breeds are busy, bold, inquisitive and stubborn, but they also love to monkey around, being playful and mischievous. They are very affectionate and amusing. These friendly little dogs enjoy being with their family. Although very affectionate with their owners they are quick-tempered, fiery and fearless. They are not recommended for very young children. These dogs are small with several terrier characteristics. They tend to dislike strangers and show it, careful socialising as a puppy will help reduce this aggressiveness. They also have a loud bark and make good alarm dogs giving warning of any approach.
They are 10-15 inches tall and weigh 3-3.36 kg.
Their coat is usually black and may have some grey colouration around the face and chest. Silver, tan and red colourations are also acceptable.
Affenpinschers are intelligent dogs who are very self-confident. They need consistent, firm training at an early age to prevent them from becoming nuisance. Trainer has to make sure that there is some variety in the training so the dogs do not become bored. They learn commands very quickly and needs gentle handling.
These dogs normally have a good appetite and do not need special dietary requirements. They may become fussy eaters sometimes though. There is a tendency to overeat and become overweight so their diet should be watched carefully.
They live for about 10-12 years.
Their harsh coat should be brushed and combed weekly and it may be necessary to pluck it. Eyes and ears should be checked regularly. Hair sometimes grows in the corners of the eyes, causing irritation; they should be dealt with promptly. The teeth cleaning should be practised from a young age.