full body photo of Affenpinscher dog
Vital Statistics:

  • Life span: 12-16 years
  • Adult weight: 7-10 pounds
  • Adult height: 9 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches

A spunky pal, these dogs are best for active, alpha owners

What’s good and bad about the Affenpinscher?


  • Fearless watchdog
  • Hardier and more energetic than most dogs his size
  • Minimal shedding
  • His nickname – ‘monkey dog’ – aptly describes his playful personality
  • Rare enough breed that he hasn’t been overbred, but may be difficult (and expensive) to find.


  • Can be difficult to housebreak, intact males like to mark their territory
  • Regular grooming, including stripping his coat of dead hairs, is necessary.
  • Smart but may be headstrong, best for alpha dog owners

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