Dog Breeds

Pinscher monkey

The Pinscher monkey is a small, heavily built companion dog with a rough, black coat. He has a short muzzle, richly covered with long hair, which gives him a “monkeyish” expression – hence the name of the breed. Pleasant, not aggressive, but an alert human companion.


Pinschers of apes are cheerful, enthusiastic dogs who value human company very much. They are alert and curious, keenly interested in what is happening around them. They like to play, but do not require too much traffic. They are happy to take part in activities, go for long walks, but in case of what it is enough for them that they run a little for the ball thrown in the apartment.

Pinschers are very territorial, and every element of disturbing them like to announce barking. They are easily stimulated, and it may take them a long time to calm down – the nature of an excitable pinscher comes out of them. They are not particularly patient with young children and can scold a child who teases them too much. They show the distance to strangers.


The main task of the pinscher monkey has been for years primarily a companion, but the dog of this breed also works well as a guardian – “alarm bell”.

Training and education

Pinscher monkey is quite stubborn, so training them is not always easy. However, because they like fun and treats, it’s quite easy to motivate them to cooperate. Exercises must be varied so that the dog does not get bored with them – the best are short but frequent training sessions.

Sometimes pinschers are inadequately socialized or have had bad experiences in life, barking larger dogs on walks. So you should socialize dogs of this breed from a small age with the world around them, as well as with large, gentle dogs, and not allow them to chatter for any reason. Monkey Pinschers are perfect in small apartments, but remember that they also need walks, and not just for sanitary purposes. Walks are primarily a great tool for preventing boredom, stimulating the dog’s senses and a way for natural socialization with people and dogs.

Who is this race for?

This cheerful troublemaker is suitable for most owners, including beginners. It is not recommended only for families with small children. Pinscher monkey is absolutely not suitable for living in a kennel and can not stay constantly outside, but willingly spend time outdoors. They are not suitable for dog sports enthusiasts.

Advantages and disadvantages

Monkey Pinscher – what is it like? Learn its pros and cons!


  • if he pampers him too much, he can become a nuisance
  • has a tendency to separation anxiety
  • can be very barking
  • rushes small animals
  • stubborn and arbitrary
  • not suitable for a home with small children


  • nice companion dog
  • adapts to different situations
  • does not require a lot of traffic
  • feels good even in a small apartment
  • little molting
  • does not require labor-intensive care
  • suitable for the elderly


The Pinscher monkey is a generally healthy breed, but it has problems with its heart, eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome), plaque buildup. In addition, skin diseases – cysts, allergies, purulent dermatitis, autoimmune diseases, patella problems, aseptic juvenile femoral head inflammation (Perthes’ disease).


Affenpinczery should get food for dogs of small breeds. They usually have an excellent appetite and you have to be careful that they do not gain too much weight. You can also give them food prepared by themselves with the addition of calcium and vitamin preparations, but then you must remember to wash the hair on the chin, which gets dirty while eating. After trimming, it is worth giving agents that stimulate the coat and skin.


It is not particularly complicated, but it is important that it is regular. Twice a week, a dog of this breed should be combed with a brush and then with a comb, gently untangling any felt. Nose hair can be trimmed so that it does not cover the dog’s eyes or enter them. Once in a while, it is worth trimming the dog so that he will not lose his hair. The monkey pinscher robe grows slowly, so you only have to do it once every few months (or regularly nibble it). Bathing is only required if the dog is dirty or shortly before the show. Pinscher should be cleaned regularly and cut nails if necessary.


Dogs of this breed like balls, so you can buy different types and watch, which will appeal to our pet most. Due to the delicate physique, instead of a pinscher collar, we should walk out on well-fitted braces.


Small rough-haired pinscher dogs were known in Germany as early as the 17th century, but were slightly larger (30-35 cm) and appeared in various colors: black, gray, fawn, ginger and black and tan. White markings on the feet and chest were also frequent. Originally, monkey pinscher was used mainly as the rat (hence the name “ratler” – rat) and kept in stables or farms, where they were to control the population of grain-eating pests. Initially, all stable rat rats were simply called pinschers, with later schnauzers called rough-haired pinschers.

Over time, some of them began to grow in a slightly smaller size with a view to keeping them at home for protection against mice. Some breeders used pugs for crosses, which resulted in the appearance of a shortened muzzle. Blood was also added. silk-haired pinscher (with softer hair). There is also a theory that dogs bred in Lübeck came from schnauzer dogs used in Russia to hunt martens and squirrels, but most specialists believe that they are rather descendants of stable pinscher and schnauzer mixed with a pug and perhaps other breeds.

Initially, it happened that half of the puppies from the litter were registered as monkey pinschers (the smaller ones with shorter muzzles), and half as miniature schnauzers (the slightly larger ones, with longer muzzles). 

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the breeding declined very badly. Gradually, however, the population was rebuilt. The breed became very popular before the war. In 1913, the official breed standard was published, which required only black color. The share of other colors was gradually decreasing, until in 1946 the expected 100% of black-colored dogs were finally recorded (at least officially, because other colors may occasionally still be born). After World War II, the breed’s popularity fell again. The breed enjoys moderate popularity in the world.


Pinscher monkey (affenpinscher) – group II FCI, section 1.1, reference number 186

  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Character: fearless, alert, stubborn, devoted, but may have a problem with controlling emotions; generally a nice family dog
  • Size: 25-30 cm
  • Weight: from 4 to 6 kg
  • Coat: rough-haired with undercoat; hard and thick on the torso; the head is decorated with bushy, stiff eyebrows and a wreath around the eyes, and a rich beard; long hair on the cheeks and on the top of the head; the coat on the head should be as hard as possible, standing and tousled, which gives a typical monkey expression
  • Color: pure black with black undercoat; in the USA, Canada and Mexico other colors are also recognized: gray in various shades, black and tan, red, screened black and red
  • Lifespan:  12-14 years
  • Weather resistance:  medium

Interesting facts

Originally, there was also a larger variety of monkey pinscher, which, however, became extinct.

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