Everything you need to know to buy or adopt an Affenpinscher puppy or adult dog.


Dog Books Written By Michele Welton

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Dog books written by Michele Welton


Affenpinscher dog breed

Buying or Adopting an Affenpinscher

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is an Affenpinscher the right breed for you?

Affenpinschers: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Affenpinscher Health Problems


Are YOU right for an Affenpinscher?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No large dogs in the household
  • Extra safety precautions – ongoing supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your Affenpinscher, being careful where you step or sit, not allowing leaps from high furniture, keeping small objects off the floor so the dog can't choke, closing all gaps in fences and gates, etc.
  • Enough ongoing exercise that your Affenpinscher stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course or dog agility classes; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate
  • Trimming/clipping – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Affenpinschers are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with housebreaking taking a long time
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Affenpinscher to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Affenpinscher, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Affenpinscher?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Affenpinscher be?


Where can you buy or adopt an Affenpinscher?

Affenpinschers are uncommon in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Affenpinschers rank 149th. Maybe it's because to a lot of people, Affenpinschers look rather plain, even scruffy. I find that look appealing, but others may not.

Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find an Affenpinscher available from a Dog Rescue group. But not many Affenpinschers are turned over to Rescue groups, because not many people own them in the first place. Also Affenpinschers are not that difficult to live with, so fewer owners tend to give up on them and dump them into Rescue.

Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Affenpinschers are rarely found here for the same reasons listed above. Plus, Affenpinscher Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that an Affenpinscher turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Dog Breeders
Affenpinscher breeders can be hard to find. You can buy an Affenpinscher from a show breeder, who breeds Affenpinschers to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You might also be able to buy an Affenpinscher from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of an Affenpinscher puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Affenpinscher ends up with cataracts and bad knee joints.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Affenpinschers are not seen very often in pet shops, but it's possible. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Affenpinscher Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Affenpinscher puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Affenpinscher puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

dog training videos Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.

The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.

book cover My puppy training book is Respect Training For Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy. For puppies 2 to 18 months old, this highly-acclaimed training program is based on respect. Your puppy will learn the 21 skills that all great family dogs need to know.

book cover My dog training book for adult dogs is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do what you say.

book cover Do the 11 Things in my dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, and your dog will live a longer, healthier life and seldom need to visit the vet.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy family companion.