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Affenpinscher – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Affenpinscher - Fun Facts and Crate Size


Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1936
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 18" dog crate*

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Affenpinscher is a medium dog that emerged in the 1600s. It is one of the oldest toy breeds that originally came from Germany. Formerly, this dog was utilized to hunt rodents in gardens and local residences. This dog can have black hair, silver, gray, brown-black, and even red.  

The Affenpinscher has an average height of up to 12 inches and is around 8 - 10 pounds. This dog has a blunt snout, dense fur, and symmetrical ears. The fur has a length of 1 inch, being shorter on the tail. According to its name, Affenpinscher literally means monkey. In the past, this dog was kept in people’s houses and on the farm to get rid of some mice and other rodents. But, slowly a growing number of dog lovers preferred this dog as a pet to entertain their families.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Affenpinscher in 1936. These brisk-walk energy dogs are known as friendly, happy, and active. This dog has an independent personality and is very brave. This dog is an optimist and it also does not like fighting with other dogs.


This dog has thick eyebrows, a crumpled hair mantle, and overall facial structure like monkeys. The hair on the face is usually longer than hairs throughout the body.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


This dog's coat looks coarse and tough on the outside with a slightly curly bottom layer. It requires routine brushing and needs to be combed thoroughly about once or three times a week. Hair loss is very little and hair cutting is rarely needed. Minor routine care such as cutting nails, cleaning the ears, cleaning the eyes, cutting hair around the corner of the eye (to avoid eye irritation) and other activities are still needed. The Affenpinscher is relatively easy to take care of because it only requires minimal maintenance.


Although this dog can be a bit difficult to keep quiet and seems to have an endless amount of energy. The motion and the training needs for Affenpinscher can be met by playing every day in the yard and with regular daily walking. This dog likes to play outside but this dog should preferably stay and sleep in the house at night.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 18" dog crates* for most adult Affenpinschers.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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