affenpinscher

noun af·fen·pin·scher \ ˈa-fən-ˌpin-chər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 and Etymology of affenpinscher

borrowed from German, from Affe "monkey" (going back to Middle High German affe, going back to Old High German affo) + Pinscher, any of various small to medium dog breeds with docked tails and cropped ears (perhaps borrowed from English Pincher, given name for dogs in the early 19th century); from its monkeyish face — more at 1ape
Note: Pinscher is attested as a breed name in Germany as early as 1812 (Berlinische Nachrichten von Staats- und gelehrten Sachen, No. 107, 5. Sept. 1812), though the physical characteristics of the dog at that period are not known. Affenpinscher is known in German from 1852.


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