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Affen Terrier

Affen Terrier

Very little is known about the origin of the Affen terrier. It is a hybrid of the Affenpinscher and the Border terrier. The Affenpinscher originated in Germany and has been known since the 1600s, while the Border terrier was officially recognized as a breed by the the Kennel Club in Great Britain in 1920, although the breed is much older. The Affenpinscher was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. The Affen terrier most likely developed as a hybrid breed at about this time.

Breed Characteristics

Preferred Climate:Warm
Life Span:11-15 Years
Nicknames:Affen, Affie, Monkey

Affen Terrier Build Information

The Affen terrier is a small breed that is 10 to 16 inches tall and usually weighs less than 10 pounds. It has short legs, a round head and a short muzzle that may be slightly pushed back. It is one of the smallest dog breeds in existence. The Affen terrier comes primarily in shades of black, white or tan, and its fur may be short or medium length.

Length (Male):13-20 in.
Length (Female):14-16 in.
Weight:< 14 lbs
Litter Size:1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

Affen terriers are friendly, playful and intelligent. They are usually easy to train, but they can be stubborn. They get along well with children and other family pets, though they may try to dominate other dogs. They do get bored easily and require plenty of activity and mental stimulation, but thanks to their small size they can get the necessary stimulation even when they are kept indoors.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Aggressiveness Level:Easy
Dominating or Submissive?:Not Available
Energy Level:Very Active
Good to Other Pets:Friendly
Guardian Skills:No
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


Affen terriers have medium-length to long fur that requires regular brushing to keep it looking its best. Excess fur between the pads of the feet should be trimmed as needed. The Affen terrier is an energetic breed that needs lots of activity and mental stimulation to keep it healthy.

Colors:Black, Tan, White
Grooming:Low Maintenance
Coat Type:Wiry

Affen Terrier Common Health Conditions

The Affen terrier has no serious health issues, but it's important to be aware of some of the health issues common to Affenpinschers and border terriers. Both breeds are fairly hardy, but some dogs may be prone to genetic issues such as hip dysplasia, seizures, juvenile cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.

Affen Terrier Pet Insurance

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Breed Talents and Facts

The Affen terrier's life expectancy is between 10 and 15 years. Affen terriers get along well with other pets, and they are patient with children. Affen terriers are between 10 and 16 inches in height and between 7 and 10 pounds in weight, but their size often depends on their parents. The Affen terrier is a hybrid breed that is a mix of the Affenpinscher and the Border terrier. It is a very small dog breed. Affen terriers are loyal, friendly and playful, although they can also be stubborn. Overall, they make good family pets as long as they receive plenty of attention from their owners.

Hunting Companion:No
Jolly for Jogging:No
Sighting Capabilities:No
Ideal for Tracking:No
Retrieving Skills:No
Pointing Breed:No
Herding Skills:No
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Security Guard Capable:No
Police Performer:No
Wet Water rescues:No
Assist Disable Owners:No
Dog Sledding:No
Able to Perform Dog Carting:No
Fun with Lure Coursing:No
Possible Schutzhund Work:No
Trainable for Tricks:Yes