The Affenpinscher dog is a breed originating in Germany. Its name meaning "monkey terrier," thanks both to its size and the antics and gymnastics it will perform to get the master's attention or approval. Like most terriers, the Affenpinscher was a working dog that earned its keep by sniffing out and killing rats skulking around barns and granaries. The popularity of the dog can be successfully traced back to the fifteenth century thanks to period paintings. Several portraits include Affenpinschers being held in the laps of ladies of nobility or running around in the background of pastoral scenes. In modern Germany, Europe, and to a lesser extent America, this breed has become a wonderful pet and companion to many. Here is a guide on how to successfully identify a purebred Affenpinscher dog.
Start by looking at the dogs general size and shape. The Affenpinscher is designated as a toy size that ranges in height anywhere between 9 and 12 inches. This breed is heavier than it looks thanks to a high bone density and muscle mass, for that reason a full grown Affenpinscher weighs between 8 and 10 pounds. Their rear legs are slightly longer than their forelegs, making them seem arched forward and ready to pounce. The tail should be stumpy, only one or two inches long.2
Examine the dogs fur. It should be short and wiry to the touch. The most common color of the dog is plain black that shines in the light. Black with tan, red or grey markings also appear occasionally.3
Look closely at the dogs head. It should be overlarge for the dogs body as well as having fur much thicker and longer. The dog should have long fur over its brows, a short snout, protruding jaw, short and shaggy ears that are flopped over, and big round black eyes. If the dog matches this description then youre looking at an Affenpinscher.