Weighing 7 to 9 pounds (3–4 kg) and not exceeding 11 inches (24–30 cm) in height at the withers, the
affenpinscher has harsh rough coat and a monkey-like expression (Affe means monkey in German). Its coat
is shaggier over the head and shoulders forming a mane, with shorter coat over the back and hind quarters.
It is harsh and wiry in texture. The FCI and UK breed standards specifies that the coat must be black, but the
AKC also allows gray, silver, red,and tan, and belge (not beige; belge is a mixture of red, black and white
hairs);[4] other clubs have their own lists of acceptable colours, with black being the preference. The
affenpinscher is a dog with a shaggy, wiry-type coat.

Affenpinschers have a distinct appearance that some associate with terriers. They are different from terriers,
however, in that they are actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer of group 2 in the FCI classification and so
often get along with other dogs and pets. They are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are
also fun-loving and playful. The breed is confident, lively, affectionate towards family members and is also
very protective of them. This loyal little dog enjoys being with its family. It needs consistent, firm training
because some can be quite difficult to housebreak. The training should be varied because the dog can
easily becomes bored. The affenpinscher has a terrier like personality.

Affenpinschers are somewhat territorial when it comes to their toys and food, so they are not recommended
for very small children. This dog is mostly quiet but can become very excited if attacked or threatened and
shows no fear toward any aggressor. It is best suited for a family who likes a show and has a sense of humor.
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recommended reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book!,
I found this to be an outstanding book for
Affenpinschers (and other terriers). It had far
better content than any of the websites
including the AKC and Affenpinscher club. If
you're interested in this little dog or you have
one, this book is a great source for
understanding your potentially troublesome little
friend. Don't assume all little dogs are the same!
The Affen is a big dog in a tiny package. He is
demanding and incredibly loving.

By Rich Beaudry,
Carver "richlife"
(NC Tarheel Country)