Perfect Paws: Affenspincher

An Affenspincher is one of the most ancient of the toy dogs. They are ranked 141st most popular dog breed according to the AKC. They are medium energy, confident and fearless wifey-haired terrier who make a good house pet.


The breed originated in Germany, the name Affenspincher means “monkey-like terrier.” They were developed to rig the kitchens, granaries and stables of rodents. In France the breed is described as  the “Diablotin Moustachu” or mustached little devil, both names describing the appearance and attitude of the breed.


Their bite is slightly undershot and they are short and straight. The tail can be docked or left as natural. The mature Affenspincher has a mane or cape of strong hair which blends into the back coat and a little grooming is necessary to blend the various lengths to maintain a neat shaggy appearance.

So is this the perfect set of paws for you? Let me know in the comments below.


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