affenpinscher


af·fen·pin·scher

noun \ˈa-fən-ˌpin-chər\

Definition of AFFENPINSCHER

:  any of a breed of toy dogs with a wiry black, red, tan, or gray coat, erect ears, large round eyes, and bushy eyebrows, chin tuft, and mustache

Origin of AFFENPINSCHER

German, from Affe ape + Pinscher, a breed of hunting dog
First Known Use: 1903

Rhymes with AFFENPINSCHER

affenpinscher

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sturdy breed of toy dog, known since the 17th century. Standing 10 in. (26 cm) high or less and weighing 7–8 lbs (3–3.5 kg), it is a terrier-like dog with small, erect ears, round black eyes, and a short, docked tail. Its wiry, preferably black coat is short on parts of the body but longer on the legs and face, where it produces the monkeylike expression for which the breed is named (from German Affe, “ape”).

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