The affenpinscher ( /ˈæf.ənˌpɪn.tʃər/) is a terrier-like toy breed of dog. The breed is German in origin and dates back to the seventeenth century. Its name is derived from the German Affe (ape, monkey). An Affenpinscher generally weighs 6.5 to 13.2 pounds (2.9 to 6.0 kg) and stands 9 to 12 inches (23 to 30 cm) tall at the withers.[2] It has a harsh rough coat when it is not groomed and if groomed soft and fluffy, and a monkey-like expression. Dogs of the Affenpinscher type have been known since about 1600 but these were somewhat larger, about 12 to 13 inches, and came in colors of gray, fawn, black and tan, gray and tan, and also red. White feet and chest were also common. The breed was created to be a ratter, working to remove rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables.

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