Where is that rodent? I'll get it for sure, kitchen, granaries, stables. Get the rodents out.
And you there, if you behave like a rodent, you are a rodent, must be, so be aware do not come onto our property. I'll get you.
Been here since 1600. Vote for me, will you...
Okay, there has been a mistake. I am NOT, let me repeat, NOT a monkey.
You see. I said so
See, here again
Well, maybe a little bit
But, I do not have a mustache, period!
No way, that's a mustache
And, that and that
Just vote for me okay, just vote before ..... Oh,now I see, you are a rodent, aren't you? I knew it, I knew it
Oh, humans like me a lot, just listen to what they said about me.
The Affenpinscher is a balanced little wiry haired-like toy dog whose
intelligence and demeanour makes it a good house pet. Originating in
Germany, where the name Affenpinscher means “monkey-like terrier”,
rodents. In France the breed is described as the “diablotin moustachu”
or the moustached little devil. Both these names help to describe the
appearance and attitude of this delightful breed. When evaluating the
breed, the total overall appearance of the Affenpinscher is more
important than any individual characteristic.
The general demeanour of the Affenpinscher is game, alert and inquisitive
with great loyalty and affection toward its master and friends. The breed
is generally quiet but can become vehemently excited when threatened
or attacked and is fearless toward any aggressor.
Substance, Size Proportion
The Affenpinscher is a sturdy, compact little dog with medium bone and
is not delicate in any way. The height at the withers is between 9 inches
and 11-1/2 inches, with 10-1/4 inches being the ideal. The height at the
withers is approximately the same as the length of the body from the
point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks giving a square
appearance. The female may be slightly longer.
The head is in proportion to the body, carried confidently upright with a
monkey-like facial expression. Eyes: Full, round, dark, brilliant, and of
medium size in proportion to the head but not bulging or protruding.
The eye rims are black. Ears: Either cropped to a point, set high and
standing erect, or natural, standing erect, semi-erect or dropped. All
types of ears, if symmetrical, are acceptable as long as the monkey-like
expression is maintained.
Skull: Round and domed but not coarse.
Stop: Well defined.
Muzzle: Short and narrowing slightly to a blunt nose. The
length of the muzzle is approximately the same as the distance between
Nose: Not obviously turned up or down, with black pigmentation.
Lips: Black in color with the lower lip more prominent.
Bite:Undershot with the lower teeth closing closely in front of the upper
teeth. A level bite is acceptable if the monkey-like expression is
maintained. The teeth and tongue do not show when the mouth is
closed. The lower jaw is broad enough for the lower teeth to be straight
Neck, Topline and Body
Neck: Short and straight with upright carriage.
Topline: Straight and level.
Body: The chest is rather broad and deep; the ribs are moderately
sprung. The underline is slightly tucked up at the loin. The back is short
and straight. The loin is short and only slightly tucked. The croup has just
a perceptible curve before the tail. The tail is either docked or left
natural. When docked the tail is generally between 1 inch and 3 inches
long; set high and carried erect. When natural the tail is carried curved
gently up over the back while moving. The type of tail is not a major
The front angulation is moderate.
Shoulders:With moderate layback and
flexible enough to allow free front action. The lengths of the upper arm
and the forearm are about equal.
Elbows: Close to the body. Front Legs:
Straight when viewed from the front. Front Pasterns: Relatively short
Dewclaws: Generally removed.
Feet: Small, round and
compact with black pads and nails.
The rear angulation is moderate.
Hind Legs: Straight when viewed from
behind. When viewed from the side they are set under the body to maintain
a square appearance. The lengths of the upper thigh and the second
thigh are about equal.
Stifle: Moderate angulation.
Hock Joint:Moderate angulation; straight when viewed from behind. Rear Pasterns:
Short and straight.
Dewclaws: Generally removed. Feet: Small, round
and compact with black pads and nails.
The hair is dense, rough, harsh textured and approximately 1 inch in
length on the shoulders, body and back, but may be shorter on the rear
and tail in contrast to the longer, shaggier and less harsh hair on the head,
neck, chest, stomach and legs. At maturity the neck and chest coat may
grow longer to form a cape. The longer hair on the head, eyebrows and
beard stands off and frames the face to emphasize the monkey-like
expression. The hair on the ears is usually cut very short. The correct coat
needs little grooming to blend the shorter hair into the longer hair to
maintain a neat but shaggy appearance.
varying from a brownish red to an orangey tan. Some blacks may have a
rusty cast or have white or silver hairs mixed in the coat and furnishings.
Some reds have black, brown, and/or white hairs mixed in the coat with
tan furnishings. With the various colors, the furnishings may be a bit
lighter and some may have black masks. A small white spot or fine line
of white hairs on the chest is not penalized, but large white patches are
undesirable. Color is not a major consideration.
The Affenpinscher has a light, sound, balanced, confident gait and tends
to carry itself with comic seriousness. When viewed from the front or rear
while walking, the legs move parallel to each other. While trotting, the
feet will converge toward a midline depending on the speed.