The Affenpinscher is rough haired, small and compact with a monkey-like expression. Fearless, alert, persistent and devoted, sometimes full of quick-tempered passion. He is an agreeable family dog in all aspects.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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AKC Video link
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The Illustrated Standard of the Affenpinscher (AKC: Affenpinscher Club of America)
(Internal) The Illustrated Standard of the Affenpinscher - Affenpinscher Club of America.pdf
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Germany
Pinscher Schnauzer Club eV: https://www.psk-schnauzer-pinscher.de/unsere-rassen/affenpinscher/
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
2. The Kennel Club: Population analysis of the Affenpinscher breed September 2015
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: KoiraNet-jalostustietojärjestelmä: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=186
UK: Breed watch
The Kennel Club's Health information for Affenpinscher: Brachycephalic breed:
5. OFA: CHIC requirements: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=AFP&var=
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
Judging the Affenpinscher: Showsight: https://www.showsightmagazine.com/article/judging-the-affenpinscher/255
Affenpinscher: Judging the Breed: Canine Chronicle: http://caninechronicle.com/featured/affenpinschers/
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Germany: Pinscher Schnauzer Club eV: https://www.psk-schnauzer-pinscher.de/unsere-rassen/affenpinscher/
Finland: Finnish Affenpinscher Club
UK: The Affenpinscher Club
USA: Affenpinscher Club of America