Affenpinscher is a balanced. wiry-haired terrier-like
toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor make it a good
house pet. Originating in Germany, the name
Affenpinscher means "monkey-like terrier." The breed was
developed to rid the kitchens, granaries and stables of
rodents. In France the breed is described as the "Diablotin
Moustachu" or the mustached little devil. Both describe
the appearance and attitude of this delightful breed.
The total overall appearance of the Affenpinscher is
more important than any individual characteristic. He is
described as having a neat but shaggy appearance.
Size, Proportion. Substance—A
sturdy, compact dog with medium bone, not delicate in
any way. Preferred height at the withers is 9 ½" to 11
1/2". Withers height is approximately the same as the
length of the body from the point of the shoulder to
point of the buttocks, giving a square appearance. The
female may be slightly longer.
head is in proportion to the body. Carried confidently
with monkey-like facial expression.
brilliant, and of medium size in proportion to the head
but not bulging or protruding. Eye rims are black.
Ears—Cropped to a point,
set high and standing erect; or natural, standing erect,
semi-erect or dropped. All of the above types of ears,
if symmetrical, are acceptable as long as the
monkey-like expression is maintained.
Skull—Round and domed, but
not coarse. Stop—Well-defined.
narrowing slightly to a blunt nose. The length of the
muzzle is approximately the same as the distance between
the eyes. Nose—Black,
turned neither up nor down. Lips—Black,
with prominent lower lip. Bite—Slightly
undershot. A level bite is acceptable if the monkey-like
expression is maintained. An overshot bite is to be
severely penalized. Awry mouth is a serious fault. The
teeth and tongue do not show when the mouth is closed.
The lower jaw is broad enough for the lower teeth to be
straight and even.
Neck, Topline, Body—Neck—Short
and straight. Topline—Straight
and level. Body—The chest
is moderately broad and deep; ribs are moderately
sprung, Tuckup is slight. The back
is short and level with a strong loin. The
croup has just a perceptible
curve. Tail may be docked or
natural. A docked tail is generally between 1" and 2"
long; set high and carried erect. The natural tail is
set high and carried gently curved up over the back
while moving. The type of tail is not a major
angulation is moderate. Shoulders—with
moderate layback. The length of the shoulder blade and
the upper arm are about equal. Elbows—close
to the body. Front legs
straight when viewed from any direction.
removed. Feet— small,
round, and compact with black pads and nails.
angulation is moderate to match the front.
Hind legs—straight when
viewed from behind. From the side. Hindlegs are set
under the body to maintain a square appearance. The
length of the upper thigh and the second thigh are about
equal with moderate bend to the stifle.
hair. rough, harsh, and about 1" in length on the
shoulders and body. May be shorter on the rear and tail.
Head, neck, chest, stomach and legs have longer, less
harsh coat. The mature Affenpinscher has a mane or cape
of strong hair which blends into the back coat at the
withers area. The longer hair on the head, eyebrows and
beard stands off and frames the face to emphasize the
monkey-like expression. Hair on the ears is cut very
short. A correct coal needs little grooming to blend the
various lengths of hair to maintain a neat but shaggy
gray, silver, red. black and tan. Or belge are all
acceptable. Blacks may have a rusty cast or a few white
or silver hairs mixed with the black. Reds may vary from
brownish red to an orangey tan. Belge has black, brown
and/or white hairs mixed with red. With the various
colors, the furnishings may be a bit lighter. Some dogs
may have black masks. A small white spot on the chest is
not penalized, but large white patches are undesirable.
Color is not a major consideration.
free. sound, balanced, confident, the Affenpinscher
carries itself with comic seriousness. Viewed from the
front or rear while walking, the legs move parallel to
each other. Trotting, the feet will converge toward a
midline as speed increases. Unsound gait is to be
demeanor is game, alert and inquisitive with great
loyalty and affection toward its master and friends. The
breed is generally quiet, but can become vehemently
excited when threatened or attacked, and is fearless
toward any aggressor.
Approved June 12, 2000
Effective July 27, 2000
Copyright The American
Kennel Club, Inc., 1989