Height at the withers: Males 23 – 30 cm, Females 23 – 30 cm
Average weight: Males 2.9 – 6.0 kg, Females 2.9 – 6.0 kg
The Affenpinscher is a sturdy little dog with a monkey-like face that boasts a rough and wiry coat. They may look small, but there is nothing fragile about an Affenpinscher. They are extremely confident and always full of self-importance. Their heads are quite small in relation to the rest of their body and they boast having a domed forehead with a wide brow and distinct stop. Their muzzles are short and blunt without being so much so that it causes breathing issues. They have prominent chins and their nostrils are nicely open.
Their eyes are very dark in colour, medium in size and round with dogs always having a sparkle in them. Ears are set high on their head and are small which dogs either hold upright or they can drop down too. The Affenpinscher has a slightly undershot jaw with a broader lower jaw, but their teeth never show when a dog’s mouth is shut.
Their necks are straight and short with no sign of any wrinkling. Front legs are straight and close. Their backs are level and short with dogs boasting well sprung ribs and bellies that are slightly tucked up which adds to the breed’s compact and sturdy appearance.
Their hindquarters are strong with a dog’s back legs being nicely set under their bodies but never so much that it is exaggerated. Feet are round, compact and small with dogs having dark nails and pads. Their tails are set high which Affenpinschers carry well up with a slight curve in it.
When it comes to their coat, the Affenpinscher has a rough, short and dense coat that’s harsh to the touch. The hair is slightly shaggier on certain parts of their body which includes their necks, shoulders and heads. The hair stands away from a dog’s face which adds to their monkey-like looks. The accepted breed colour for Kennel Club registration is black, but dogs are allowed to have grey shading in their coats too.
When an Affen moves, they do so with a lively, alert, strutting action with dogs lifting their feet high off the ground when they do. They should however, never show any sort of hackneyed action.
The Kennel Club frowns on any exaggerations or departures from the breed standard and would judge the faults on how much they affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to perform.
Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums and it is worth noting that a dog can be a little lighter or heavier as well as slightly taller or shorter than set out in the Kennel Club breed standard which is only given as a guideline.