Affenpinschers may weigh just 10 lbs. (or less). But they have big personalities. Willful, domineering, entertaining, and affectionate—the Affenpinscher is equal parts loyal companion and fierce protector.
To ensure your Affenpinscher doesn’t become overweight, measure out meals, and reduce portions if necessary. Affens thrive on a high-quality diet designed for their life stage (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). You might also consider foods specially formulated for small breeds.
Regular grooming—including baths—is required to keep Affens looking their best. Brushing with a small brush and metal comb can help remove cast-off hair and mats. And professional groomers can ensure your Affenpinscher keeps its “monkey-faced” appearance. (Since Affens have slow-growing hair, you can go a few months between trims.)Trimming nails, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth should also be part of your Affenpinscher’s grooming routine.
Affens were bred to work and still require frequent exercise. But a short daily walk, games, or indoor playtime with toys is often enough to wear out this moderately active breed. These tiny athletes may also enjoy participating in dog sports—such as agility, tracking, and both rally and competitive obedience.
Affenpinschers have a reputation for being difficult to train due to their stubborn, independent natures. But obedience training is essential. It helps keep your dog’s guarding tendencies in check—making them safer around other pets and children. These bold, courageous dogs are quick learners and relatively eager to please. They respond best to positive reinforcement and rewards (not harsh reprimands). Affens quickly lose interest during long training sessions. So, opt for shorter, more frequent bouts of obedience training, and switch up activities to keep your pup engaged.
Reviewed Oct 25, 2021 by Lichuan Sun