Known for its amusing personality and confidence, this German breed dates back to the seventeenth century. The Affenpinscher is sometimes affectionately called the “monkey dog,” because of its apish appearance. The Affenpinscher is usually black in color and very small in size (6-13 lbs. in adulthood), and has a rough, wiry coat and distinctive mane around its head. This breed is curious, alert and active, as well as playful and affectionate with its family members. Affenpinschers make entertaining and loyal pets, and can excel in many areas, including obedience, therapy and agility.