The Affenpinscher is among the oldest of toy dogs, first appearing in France, Germany and Munich where they gained the nickname “little dog with a moustache.” In the 17th century, these dogs were often kept on farms, in stables or in shops where they were trained to seek out rats and mice. They were also great companions in people’s homes.
The Affenpinscher has a cheeky, fun-loving personality and is quite intelligent. They’re great as pets as long as children know how to best handle them. Because they’re small, they can be kept in a flat or small house just as easily as a big one. They can get most of their exercise from playing indoors but they also do enjoy going for an outside walk. You must comb and brush their wiry coat twice a week and give them a trim twice each year. This dog will vary between 9 and 11.5 inches high from the shoulder point.