Affenpinscher Breed Profile


Affenpinschers tend to be overly excited, easily wound up, and full of energy. They tend to be paranoid and suspicious of everything they meet, constantly sniffing new corners and horizons. They seldom trust anyone, even their owners.

Family Friendly

This breed of dog tends to be very family friendly, but only under certain conditions. They are NOT good with children and should never be kept in the same house with a child. Even adult Affenpinschers are wary of even the most well behaved of child, resorting to defensive biting at any given turn.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this little robust dog is a healthy 11-12 years. With the advancement of Veterinary Medicine, dogs have been known to live as long as 20 years or more. Typically small dogs live longer than larger dogs. Affenpinschers weigh around 7 to 8 lbs.

Would Make a Great Pet?

This little breed of dog is a high maintenance breed of dog, requiring an owner that will provide lots of love and attention and affection around the clock.

Best Owner Compatibility

Because this breed of dog is so high maintenance, the best type of owner would be the owner that can provide lots of love, patience, and have a big yard to play in. This is NOT the dog for the frequent traveler. One can NOT just leave more food and water out and hope for the best, as these little dogs will become neurotic without the proper love and attention on a 24/7 basis. This is NOT the dog for children of any age, as they have the tendency to bite and are easily spooked and paranoid.

Common Diseases

Common diseases of this breed of dog include, but are not limited to luxation of the Patella, inherited heart murmurs, Canine Hip Dysplasia, Arthritis, Legg-Perthes, and thyroid problems. Surgery can be used to correct luxation of the patella.

Housebreaking and Shedding Factor

Because this breed of dog has a tendency towards paranoia, biting is always a constant threat, even to the owner. These dogs are easily startled and spooked. Housebreaking is difficult if not impossible, and their coats need constant brushing and grooming or it will get mats in it.

Where to Buy

You can buy these dogs at reputable breeders, get them from rescue groups or the animal shelter. Do NOT buy any affenpinschers from a pet store, as you will not know the health of the dog, and the tendency that it will come from a puppy mill will only add to the crisis.

Average Cost

The average initial cost involved is around $1,000 to $2,000 or more each, as there are only about 600 new affenpinschers registered each year.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog is constantly sniffing around and getting into things. They are easily startled and spooked, so they have a tendency to bite. They are NOT good with any type of children, especially small children. Small children tend to squeal and scream and would make this breed of dog have a tendency to bite the child.

Noise Factor

These little dogs are best suited for someone with a house. They are not the type of dog you would want to have in your apartment, simply due to the fact that they have a tendency to constantly bark and would be a nuisance to the apartment neighbors. They need to be kept indoors, but they need a big yard to play in to get their exercise.

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