Illustration of Affenpinscher

This quaint little dog with its captivating monkey-like expression, is one of the oldest Toy dogs in Europe, dating back to about the seventeenth century. Also known as the Black Devil, he originated in Germany. Some think he is descended from wire-coated terrier types of the Nordic dogs of which he is a miniature, while others see in the Affenpinscher something of the pug-like dogs from Asia that are found in Europe.

He has a rough, harsh-textured coat that requires very little care and no trimming. Dark, sparkling eyes, set off by a halo of hair that stands away from his face, give him his unique expression. Full of mischief, he is a lively little character, very affectionate, and his comical antics make him a most amusing companion. He adapts to city or country living, and is an ideal size for house or flat.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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