About the Affenpinscher:
This ancient and old Germanic dog grabs your heart never to
let go. As with my Border Collies, England was the place that
seemed to draw me to the breed.
At times, their small size disguises their boldness. They are
intensely smart and the best companion you could ever want.
The German name, "Affenpinscher" (meaning monkey terrier)
serves them well.
The Affenpinscher breed was accepted into the American
Kennel Club in 1936. They are still considered a relatively
rare breed in the United States. They were granted show status
in the English Kennel Club in 1982.
This small rough coated little dog appeared in the woodcuts
of Durer in the 1600's and have always been adored for their
amusing ways and total devotion to the owners. Two accounts
of German dog shows in the 1870's and 1880's indicate that
Affenpinschers were well established in southern Germany
around Frankfurt and Munich.
Between World War I and World War II, Affens were exported
to the United States. At the same time they were taking hold in
Belguim and France but being crossed with the Griffons.
Sadly, the Affenpinscher really never recovered in their homeland.