Affenpinscher Breed Standard
FCI Breed Standard № 186
From the history of the breed:
The name of the breed derived from the German “affe” that is translated as a “monkey”. Affenpinscher is one of the oldest lap dogs from Central Europe. In the XVIIth century these small terriers were often kept at the stables and stalls where they were catching rats. The further breeding led to the reduction of their size, so they were kept in the houses as companion dogs that helped to get rid of mice in the boudoirs.
Country of origin:
Harmoniously built, small, terrier-like, intelligent, mild-tempered character. Playful, energetic, curious, very loyal, calm indoors and courageous when there is some threat. Height:
9-11 inch (23-29 cm).
6.5-13.2 lbs (2.9-6 kg).
Somewhat square. The length of the head corresponds to the half of the length of the topline. Females have slightly elongated format.
Harsh, dense, stiff to the touch, about 0.9 inch in length. On the hindquarters and the tail - the hair is short while on the head, the neck, the belly and the forequarters the hair is longer. In adult dogs there can be a “collar” on the neck and chest. Longer and harsh hair contributes to the monkey-like general expression. Dog care includes slight grooming but there should be kept a shaggy look.
Black, gray, silver or black and tan with symmetrical markings, or red, varying from brownish-red to orange-yellow-brown. A small white spot on the chest is allowed.
The head is proportional to the whole body, carried very proudly, with mischievous expression of a monkey. The stop is well pronounced. The muzzle is short, slightly tapering toward the black nose. The length of the muzzle approximately equals the distance between the eyes. The lips are black, the lower lip is slightly protruding.
Round, dark, shiny, of medium size, but not protruding or sunken. The eyelid is black.
Either docked - V-shaped, carried as upright as possible; or natural - carried evenly, the inner edges lying close to the head. They can be of different shape, if both ears are of the same set and if a dog still has monkey-like expression.
Strong upper and lower jaw. Complete scissor bite. The chewing muscles are strongly developed. When the mouth is closed, the tongue and teeth are not visible. Neck:
Short and straight, set on high.
The back is short and straight. The loin is short, slightly convex. The topline is slightly sloping. The croup is short, slightly rounded, blending into the tail.
Moderately broad. Reaching to beyond the level of the elbows.
Moderately tucked up.
Docked: with two vertebrae left. Set high, carried upright.
Undocked: in moving - slightly rises above the backline.
Limbs (front and hind):
Forequarters: straight, parallel, not close. The shoulders are well muscled.
Hindquarters: seen from side - standing obliquely with moderate angulation. Sean from rear - parallel. The upper thigh is well muscled and broad. The feet are small, round and compact with black pads and claws.
Affenpinscher is a playful, energetic, very curious dog, devoted to his owner. He needs consistent and firm training but remember that training should vary because he easily becomes bored.
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