The Affenpinscher, known as one of the oldest toy dogs in Europe, is said to be documented as far back as the 1600s.
The word Affenpinscher is German, meaning “monkey-like terrier”, clearly derived from their monkeyish expression.
Though they look similar to terriers, they are actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer subgroup.
Their main purpose in the past was to kill rats found in the homes and stables of their owners, and nowadays they still exhibit adventurous traits, and protective qualities.
This breed comes in many different colors including black, red, and silver, and features a wiry-haired, fairly shaggy coat.
The dog is compact, but rather robust and rigid in appearance. The temperament of this breed is one of alertness and affection, but aggression if attacked or threatened. Take note that the Affenpinscher breed may suffer from respiratory problems in hot weather and can be prone to hip dysplasia.