The affenpinscher is a compact and sturdy toy dog that is expressive and alert. The face of this breed has a cute, almost "monkey-like" appearance as the fur is longer and shaggier on the face and forms a cape on the head and shoulders.
Because of their heritage as ratters, Affenpinschers tend to not do well with rodent pets such as hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, etc. They do, however, tend to get along with fellow dogs in the household and can learn to get along with cats
Affenpinschers were first recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936 but there was little interest during World War II. Breeding was revived in the 1950s but the affenpinscher remains a rare breed.
Although an energetic and active dog, the exercise needs of the Affenpinscher can be met with vigorous indoor games or romps in the yard, or with short walks on leash. The harsh coat needs combing two or three times weekly, plus shaping every three months.