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Registration: All Affenpinscher dogs are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.

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Affenpinscher registration; how to register your Affenpinschers or to dual register your Affenpinscher with the United Canine Association.

The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Affenpinscher in 2002.


Breed Characteristics: Its name is derived from the word "Affe", which is a German term for "monkey".  The Affenpinscher was named as such because its facial structure and expressions often resemble that of monkey.  Today the Affenpinscher is still affectionately referred to as the "Monkey Dog".

The Affenpinscher is the smallest of the pinschers and schnauzer families.

The Affenpinscher originated in Germany, with examples of the breed dating back to the seventeenth century.

Affenpinschers were originally farm dogs. They were used as a method of controlling rats and eliminate them from farms, kitchens, stables, and granaries.  Affenpinschers were also used as watchdogs.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, however, the Affenpinscher was bred to become smaller in size and became a small, feisty toy dog.

It's not exactly known from what breeds the Affenpinscher originated but it is known to be related to the Brussels Griffon and possibly used to develop the Miniature Schnauzer breed.

Today's Affenpinschers are well balanced, little, wiry-haired terrier-like toy dogs with intelligence and a spirited demeanor.

Remarkably intelligent and affectionate with people, the naturally scruffy-look of the Affenpinscher makes it appealing.

Affenpinschers carry their head with confidence, their skull is round and domed, ears can be erect, semi-erect, dropped or cropped erect.

Affenpinschers tail is naturally long and curves over their back, it can be docked or carried erect.

The Affenpinscher is an active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are also fun-loving and playful.

The Affenpinscher breed is confident, lively, affectionate towards family members and also very protective of them.

The Affenpinscher is a loyal little dog who enjoys being with their family.

Country of Origin: The Affenpinscher originated Germany.


Original Purpose:
Affenpinschers were established to hunt and eliminate rodents, leading to their high activity level and energetic demeanor.

Today's Uses:

 The Affenpinschers weight is between 7 - 10 pounds.

The Affenpinscher is usually
9 - 11 inches tall.

 Affenpinschers have harsh, rough coats. The hairs on their face are typically longer than the hairs on the rest of their bodies, forming a mane over their head. The undercoat of the Affenpinschers is wavy or slightly curly.

 Preferable black, but gray, silver, red, black and tan, and beige shading are permissible. Sometimes white on their chest.


Temperament: The Affenpinscher is alert, quite, inquisitive and non-argumentative. Lively and self confident. Can also be stubborn and mischievous.

Affenpinschers may be alarmed by unknown visitors. Affenpinschers love to monkey around, being mischievous and playful, which is part of the reason why they are sometimes called as "monkey dog".

While generally quiet, the Affenpinscher can become aggressive when agitated and may occasionally pick battles with larger dogs.

Affenpinschers are inquisitive, stubborn, bold, and busy.

The Affenpinscher is a good companion that enjoys spending time with its family and will have no qualms defending them if they are being threatened or attacked.

With Children:
The Affenpinscher gets along fine with children, especially when properly socialized.

With Pets:
Affenpinschers can get along well with other pets and dogs, particularly if these pets have been raised among them.

Affenpinschers, being naturally active and courageous, need firm, consistent training.  It is recommended that obedience training be done at an early age.

Affenpinscher owners should be sure to offer a variety training methods so as to not boring and lose the attention of this highly intelligent little dog.

Activity Level:
The Affenpinscher has a high energy level.  They greatly enjoy walks and activities that keep them busy.

Life Expectancy:
 Affenpinschers are known to live for up to 10 to 12 years.


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