meet theAffenpinscher


Training &Temperament

​“This isn’t a breed you train,” Banana Joe’s handler says, “He’s like a human. You befriend him.” This is a great insight into the breed’s complex character—but basic training and socialization are required for all dogs, even these little humanoids. Well-trained Affens have succeeded in agility, obedience, and therapy work. They can be willful and domineering, but mostly Affens are deeply loyal, affectionate, and always entertaining. Affen people tell us they love being owned by their monkey dogs.

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Did You Know?

The Affenpinscher’s fur is wiry and often considered hypoallergenic.

The preferred color in Affenpinschers is black, but the dogs can also be black and tan, silver-gray, red, and mixtures of these colors.

Because of their heritage as ratters, Affenpinschers tend to not do well with rodent pets such as hamsters, ferrets and gerbils, but tend to get along with other dogs.

They are not good choices for homes with young children because they typically don’t like to be hugged, squeezed or chased.

The Affenpinscher was admitted to the AKC Stud Book in 1936.

The Affenpinscher is a rare breed. Be prepared to spend time on a waiting list if you're interested in acquiring one.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Belge 005
Black 007
Black & Silver 016
Black & Tan 018
Red 140


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004